Jason Allen

Jason Allen

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New Hampshire Doubles Solar Net Metering Cap

New Hampshire has doubled the caps on energy that both residential and commercial customer-generators of rooftop solar can sell back to the grid, raising the cap from 50 MW to 100 MW. The governor signed H.B. 1116, which was...more

5/18/2016 - Energy Policy Governor Hassan Net Metering New Legislation Public Utilities Commission Solar Energy

Developing a Business Case for Renewable Energy at Airports

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) recently released Report 151: Developing a Business Case for Renewable Energy at Airports (the Report). Foley partner David Bannard is a co-author of the Report, assisting lead...more

4/26/2016 - Airports Electricity Costs Energy Policy Energy Projects Financing Power Purchase Agreements Renewable Energy Request for Proposals Sustainable Projects

US Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill

The first broad energy bill passed in nearly a decade was passed by the Senate on April 20, 2016 with an 85-12 vote margin. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, S. 2012, responds to major changes to the energy...more

4/22/2016 - Conservation Cybersecurity Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Energy Sector Energy Storage Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pending Legislation Power Grid Renewable Energy

Massachusetts Raises Caps on Solar Net Metering

Massachusetts has raised the caps on the Commonwealth’s net metering program. The governor’s signature was inked on April 11, 2016 on a bill approved by the legislature last week, after months of negotiation. Net...more

4/13/2016 - Governor Baker Net Metering New Legislation Renewable Energy Incentives Solar Energy Utilities Sector

California Net Metering Ruling; Installations Greater than 1 MW Now Eligible

In a closely watched hearing, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 3-to-2 in favor of extending net metering in California. Eligible customers owning generation such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will...more

2/3/2016 - CPUC Net Metering Photovoltaic Solar Energy Utilities Sector

California Expands Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% by 2030

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law SB 350, a landmark bill designed to promote greater implementation of renewable energy technologies over the next fifteen years. The new law will: (1) increase the state’s...more

10/26/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Sector Governor Brown Greenhouse Gas Emissions New Legislation Renewable Energy Renewable Portfolio Standards Solar Energy Southern California Edison Utilities Sector

Arizona Rooftop Solar Regulations Highlight Distributed Generation Debate

Sunny Arizona is again in the middle of a nationwide debate between solar companies and utilities. Legislation adopted in March 2015, and which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, mandate certain disclosures and formats for...more

9/16/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Equipment Lease New Legislation New Regulations Power Grid Rebates Solar Energy Solar Panels Tax Credits Tax Incentives Utilities Sector

White House Plan to Further Expand Renewable Energy Use

President Barack Obama announced on August 24, 2015, additional steps taken to increase the adoption of renewable energy. Among other things, the set of executive actions announced on Monday include making $1 billion in...more

8/28/2015 - Barack Obama Clean Energy DOE Energy Sector Fair Housing Act (FHA) Financing Green Banks Loan Guarantee Solicitation Methane PACE Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Southern California Edison Seeking Rooftop Solar Projects

As part of its Solar Photovoltaic Program (SPVP) for Independent Power Producers, Southern California Edison (SCE) recently issued a request for offers (RFO) seeking up to 27 MW of independently-generated solar photovoltaic...more

7/20/2015 - Bids Photovoltaic Power Purchase Agreements Request for Offers Solar Energy Solar Farm Southern California Edison

Attack on Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard Law Denied

A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court affirmed on July 13th that Colorado’s voter-approved renewable energy mandate does not violate the U.S. Constitution, ruling that the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) does...more

7/15/2015 - Dormant Commerce Clause Interstate Commerce Out-of-State Companies Referendums Renewable Energy

DTE Energy Issues 5-50 MW RFP

DTE Energy (DTE) announced recently that it has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the construction of a 5-50 MW solar generating facility. While DTE is seeking proposals for projects in the city of Detroit as well...more

6/27/2015 - Bids Construction Project Request for Proposals Solar Energy Solar Farm

Iowa Supreme Court Decision Boosts Renewable Energy Development

A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision may give a boost to small-scale renewable energy development in that state. On July 11, the court issued its opinion in SZ Enterprises, LLC vs. Iowa Utilities Board (link to decision),...more

7/21/2014 - Electricity Energy Energy Projects Power Purchase Agreements Renewable Energy Utilities Sector

1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 1-3 MW (AC) in order to create a CPAU-branded Community Solar Program. The CPAU has stated that its primary objectives for such...more

7/14/2014 - Energy Energy Projects Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Utilities Sector

NY Property Tax Exemption Extension for Renewable Systems

The New York legislature has passed a bill that extends a real property tax exemption for wind, solar and certain other energy systems until January 1, 2025. The bill provides that real property which includes an eligible...more

7/7/2014 - Energy Projects New Legislation Property Tax Reassessments Renewable Energy Solar Panels Tax Exemptions Wind Power

Solar RFP Issued in Lansing, Michigan

The Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking to acquire up to 5MW of nameplate rated capacity in one or more solar energy projects to be in service by June 2016. The RFP is...more

6/19/2014 - Energy Request for Proposals

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $1 Billion Commitment to Long-Term Funding of Solar Energy in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on April 24, 2014, a nearly $1 billion commitment to further expand the state’s solar energy industry by providing long-term funding certainty with the goal of boosting existing...more

5/16/2014 - Energy Policy Renewable Energy Solar Energy State Funding

Department of Energy Announces New Loan Guarantee Program for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

The Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (the “DOE”) announced on April 16, 2014, a new loan guarantee program for up to $4 billion under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act. The announcement coincides...more

5/8/2014 - DOE Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Projects General Solicitation Government-Guaranteed Loans Renewable Energy Title XVII

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