Energy and Climate DebateWith the end of the year and the 113th Congress looming, the lame duck winding down, although lawmakers are still far from coming to an agreement on the fiscal cliff. As fiscal cliff negotiations continue, tax extenders programs, such as the production tax credit, hang in the balance.The Biomass Power Association, the Energy Recovery Council, the National Hydropower Association, and the Geothermal Energy Association sent a letter to President Obama December 7 urging him to modify the production tax credit for renewable electricity to allow projects under construction by the end of next year, rather than projects placed in service, to qualify. The commence construction language is included in tax extenders legislation (S. 3521) the Senate Finance Committee approved in August. The $205 billion Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012 would extend more than $18 billion in energy-related tax incentives as well as other provisions such as the … [Read more...] about Energy & Environmental Law Update – December 16, 2012
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This is my second and final installment in reporting on the Center for Automotive Research (CAR)’s 50th annual “Management Briefing Seminars” conference held earlier this month in Traverse City, Michigan. Connected and Automated Vehicles: Competition, Rules and Interesting TimesThe first presentation on day one included a fantastic group of panelists from automotive suppliers, government agencies and leading consultancies. The session was held on the heels of the German OEM consortium’s purchase of HERE, a company engaged in three-dimensional mapping which has announced an intention to pursue an “open development” approach, which created an interesting backdrop and buzz to the session. Key TakeawayThis topic will clearly occupy the hearts and minds of automotive engineers, suppliers, consumers, governments and others involved in the automotive ecosystem for some time to come. It is safe to say that all three groups (suppliers, government … [Read more...] about Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – Moving Forward in High Gear
The Center for Automotive Research (CAR)’s annual Management Briefing Seminars opened yesterday in Traverse City, Michigan. The afternoon sessions included a robust discussion of “Connected and Automated Vehicles – The Future is Now (Almost).” This title reflected the ambivalence and widely varying viewpoints of how close fully autonomous vehicles are to becoming a reality, with predictions ranging from one year to 15 years. As someone who is closely tracking developments in this area, this was a head scratching moment that made me ask myself: Why are the trees not growing to the sky anymore?The panelists included moderator Richard Wallace, Director of Transportation Systems, CAR; Kevin Kerrigan, Director of the State of Michigan’s Automotive Office; Kirk Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation; Brian Daugherty, CTO of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, Andreas Busse, Senior Architect of Driver … [Read more...] about Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – Full Speed Ahead or Tapping the Brakes?