Power

Monthly Issue | May 10, 2012

Five Ways to Make Energy Real to Your Customers

Every interaction with customers is a communications opportunity. Utilities show what they value—positively and negatively—when they communicate (or not) with customers. That includes verbal communications, such as advertisements and newsletters,…


Mergers: Are Promoters Ahead of Regulators?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC's) competition analysis includes a concentration calculation with roots in the 1992 Merger Guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). (Quick…


Evaluating CPV Warranties

Warranties for traditional photovoltaic (PV) panels show considerable uniformity and standardization, but the market for concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems and warranties is still developing. The variation among different manufacturers’ warranties…


The Rebranding of Global Warming

National environmental groups, conceding that global warming has lost much of its heat as a political issue, are now engaged in what the political online magazine Politico describes as a…


Trend—M&A on the Move

After a bit of a lull at the end of 2011, power industry mergers and acquisitions appear to be booming in 2012, at both ends of the size spectrum. At…


The Future of Renewable Energy Finance

This spring, a team from the law firm of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo presented its retrospective of renewable energy project finance in the U.S. and a forecast…


Leveraging State Clean Energy Funds

Washington is again pulling back on clean energy economic development. New funding solutions seem unlikely, and existing financial supports appear tenuous, given that many of the federal tax incentives, subsidies,…


End Game for Rare Earth Dispute?

The World Trade Organization (WTO) could soon take up a formal complaint that the U.S., Japan, and the European Union filed in mid-March against China’s near monopoly over the minerals…