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President Trump Issues Executive Order on Climate Change

On March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that significantly rolls back climate change policy enacted under the Obama administration and requires review of agency actions that may negatively impact...more

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Proposes Innovative Analysis to Support Energy Storage Development and...

On March 6, 2017, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) released a Draft Report and Policy Statement on the Treatment of Energy Storage Technologies in Integrated Resource Planning and Resource...more

Massachusetts Announces New Solar Energy Incentive Program Proposal and Deadline Extension Procedures for Existing Program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced its final proposal for the successor incentive program—named the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART)—to the successful Renewable Portfolio...more

FERC Orders Midwest Energy Markets to Be Opened to Energy Storage

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken another important action to open energy markets to energy storage facilities. In November 2016, FERC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to consider issues...more

Resignation of FERC Chairman Brings Uncertainty in Commercial Transactions While Commission Is Without a Quorum

On February 3, 2017, Chairman Norman Bay will resign from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), leaving the five-member independent commission without a sufficient quorum to conduct official business. Prior to...more

FERC Notice Should Serve as a Call to Action for the Distributed-Energy Resources Industry

On November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to develop compensation models and participation rules for energy-storage devices and...more

New Energy Opportunities in CAISO: Aggregation of Behind-the-Meter Resources and Participation in Wholesale Energy Markets

Six months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in EnerNoc v. Electric Power Supply Association, 577 U.S. ___ (2016), holding that the Federal Power Act (FPA) provides the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

California Public Utilities Commission President Proposes Bold Changes to Self-Generation Incentive Program to Benefit Energy...

On May 16, 2016, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) President Michael Picker issued a proposed decision, "Re Revising the Self-Generation Incentive Program Pursuant to Senate Bill 861, Assembly Bill...more

California Public Utilities Commission Approves Successor Net Energy Metering Tariff

On January 28, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) adopted a decision (Decision) by a vote of 3-2 approving a new tariff structure for future Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers (NEM...more

California Investor-Owned Utilities Launch 2014 Energy Storage RFOs

On December 1, 2014, California's three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs)—Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E)—issued Requests for...more

Southern California Edison Launches RFO for Distributed Generation in Orange County

On November 20, 2014, Southern California Edison (SCE) launched its Renewable Distributed Generation Preferred Resources Pilot (PRP RFO) for Eligible Renewable Resources (ERRs) in central Orange County. The PRP RFO will be...more

California Reauthorizes Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) through 2020 and Begins to Implement Program Changes

On September 23, 2014, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) President Michael Peevey issued a Ruling which sets forth a process to implement changes to the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)...more

10/1/2014  /  CPUC , Incentives , SGIP , Utilities Sector

New York Proposes Dramatic Reform of Utility Structure

On April 24, 2014, the New York State Department of Public Service (PSC) issued a report proposing a radical change to the way regulated utilities in the state are structured and the services they provide. The report,...more

California Public Utilities Commission Protects Net Metering Customers

A recent California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision will protect the net metering rights of existing distributed generation customers. Under Decision 14-03-041 (Decision), customers taking electric service under a...more

California Utilities File Energy Storage Procurement Plans

In October 2013, California broke new ground in energy policy with an energy storage procurement mandate. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a decision (D.13-10-040 or the Decision)...more

IRS Publishes Safe Harbor for Monetizing Certain Tax Credits

Following Historic Boardwalk Hall LLC v. Commissioner, 694 F.3d 425 (3d Cir. 2012), which rejected a partnership's allocation of rehabilitation tax credits to a purported partner, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently...more

California Solar Initiative Now Includes Solar Pool Heating and Other Proposed CSI Program Changes

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) has expanded the California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Program to include solar pool heating systems. Decision 13-08-004 (Decision), issued on August 19,...more

9/16/2013

California Public Utilities Commission Adopts Terms of Standard FIT Contract and Revised Tariffs

On May 23, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) approved Decision 13-05-034 (Decision), which adopts the terms of a standard contract and revised tariffs for California's renewable Feed-in...more

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