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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

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

The Obama Administration’s New Climate Plan to Increase Renewables

The Obama Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday unveiled the long-anticipated Clean Power Plan (the Plan), which is intended to reduce overall carbon output by, in part, promoting the...more

8/5/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Energy Clean Power Plan Emissions Trading System Energy Efficiency EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hydropower National Emissions Standards Obama Administration Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

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

PG&E RAM 6 Process Opens

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is now accepting applications for PG&E’s Sixth Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) Request for Offers (RFO), known as “RAM 6”. The RAM 6 RFO is available to renewable electric energy generating...more

7/10/2015 - PG&E Renewable Energy Request for Offers

White House Takes Aim at Solar for Low- and Middle-Income Americans

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday a plan to grant greater access to solar energy production for all Americans, in particular low- and middle- income communities. The White House announced that the Department...more

7/9/2015 - Affordable Housing Credit Financing Energy Policy Fair Housing Act (FHA) HUD Obama Administration Renewable Energy Solar 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

Hawaii Sets 100% Renewable Energy Goal and Opens the Door to Community Solar

Electricity on the island state of Hawaii will come 100% from renewable resources by 2045, pursuant to new legislation. The plan will end Hawaii’s current reliance on imported fuel oil which Governor Ige has said currently...more

6/15/2015 - Community Shared Solar Electricity Electricity Costs Geothermal Energy New Legislation Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

SCE Selects Suppliers for 261 MW in Energy Storage

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the suppliers and projects it has selected for the largest grid-connected energy storage purchase in U.S. history. This energy storage procurement is more than five times greater...more

11/7/2014 - CPUC Energy Grid Energy Storage Power Grid SCE Utilities Sector

Southern California Edison Seeking Small Scale Solar PPAs

Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced a Request for Offers (RFO) seeking proposals for 63 MW of solar generation, with proposed projects being between 500 kW and 10 MW each. While SCE has made known its preference...more

10/30/2014 - Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Utilities Sector

El Paso Electric Company Issues 25 MW Solar RFP

The El Paso Electric Company (EPE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking turnkey proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction of two (2) utility-scale solar energy generating facilities, with a...more

9/8/2014 - Electricity Energy Projects EPC Contractor Request for Proposals Solar Energy Solar Farm Utilities Sector

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces New Antidumping Duties on Solar Panels from China and Taiwan

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) recently announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping (AD) investigations of certain crystalline silicon PV products imported form the People’s Republic of China...more

7/28/2014 - Anti-Dumping Duty China Countervailing Duties Exports Imports Trade Policy U.S. Commerce Department

WTO Rules U.S. Countervailing Duties on Solar Panels Violate Global Trade Rules

The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled Monday that U.S. countervailing duties imposed on a range of Chinese products, including solar panels, violated global trade rules by imposing punitive import duties....more

7/15/2014 - Anti-Dumping Duty China Countervailing Duties Exports Imports Solar Panels Trade Policy WTO

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

California Senate and Assembly Vote to Extend Property Tax Exclusion for Solar

In furtherance of California’s commitment to renewable solar energy, the California Senate and Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 871 (SB 871) which, if signed, would extend the sunset date on the existing property tax...more

6/25/2014 - Energy Exclusions New Legislation Property Tax Solar Energy

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

U.S. Department of Commerce Sets Stage for New Countervailing Duties on Chinese Solar Panels

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary determination that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (Products) from...more

6/5/2014 - Anti-Dumping Duty China Countervailing Duties Customs and Border Protection Exports Imports U.S. Commerce Department

PG&E Opens Application Process for RAM 5

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is now accepting applications for PG&E’s Fifth Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) Request for Offers (RFO), known as “RAM 5.” The RAM 5 RFO is available to renewable electric energy generating...more

6/4/2014 - Applications Electricity PG&E Renewable Energy

SCE Opens Application Process for RAM 5

Southern California Edison (SCE) is now accepting applications for SCE’s Fifth Renewable Auction Mechanism Request for Offers, known as “RAM 5 RFO”. The RAM 5 RFO is available to renewable electric energy generating...more

6/2/2014 - Electricity Energy Power Grid Power Plants Utilities Sector

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