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DOE Announces Two Programs Supporting Renewable and Clean Energy

Last week the United States Department of Energy (the DOE) announced two programs supporting the Obama administration’s commitment to renewable energy development. On April 16, the DOE released a draft solicitation for up to...more

California Utilities Poised to Commence Renewable Energy Procurement

At its November 14, 2013 Commission meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission (the “CPUC”) conditionally accepted the renewables portfolio standard (“RPS”) procurement plans filed by various California utilities....more

USDA Announces $181 Million Loan Guarantee Authority Under the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Loan Guarantee Program

On October 2, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a long-awaited Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Loan Guarantee Program (9003 Program). This...more

Connecticut Selects Maine Wind Farm And Connecticut Solar Project For Long-Term Contracts For Energy And RECs

On September 20, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that two renewable energy projects have signed long-term contracts as a result of the July 8, 2013 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental...more

“SolarCity” Cash Grant Case Survives DOJ’s Motion to Dismiss

Today, Judge Bruggnick of the Court of Federal Claims denied the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) motion to dismiss the complaint filed by two special purpose entities affiliated with SolarCity regarding the Treasury’s...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

Army Announces MATOC Awards for Wind Developers

On September 9, 2013, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, acting in conjunction with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (“EITF”), issued the third round of awards under the multi-award task...more

REGULATORY: International Trade: Senate includes Buy American requirement in Water Resources Development Act of 2013

The United States Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 by an overwhelming 83-14 margin on May 15, 2013. The legislation included an amendment sponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown...more

Green Energy - Introduction to microFIT

The microFIT Program was launched in 2009 as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to increase renewable energy in the province. The Program provides eligible participants with the opportunity to develop a small, or...more

Marcellus Shale Impact Fee to Support Certain Projects for Governmental Entities, Councils of Government, Not-For-Profit Entities,...

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has begun accepting applications for five programs established by the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund to support conservation projects and environmental protection measures. On...more

Editorial: Work For Smart Development

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is a relatively new state agency designed to ensure the continued growth and development of the region without hurting the preservation of our state's precious natural resources....more

REGULATORY: Government Relations: Alternative Energy Initiatives Continue at Department of Defense By Michael A. Andrews, Thomas...

While renewable energy tax issues remain in flux amidst negotiations between Congress and the Administration, work on other federal renewable initiatives continues. On December 20 and 21, the House and Senate, respectively,...more

Defense Agencies Seek Electrical Power from Biomass

On December 12, 2012, the Defense Logistics Agency – Energy (DLA-E), in close coordination with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for electrical power from a biomass...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 17, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Solar VC funding plummets; U.S. Military Sticks to its Guns with Large Renewable Installations; Solyndra Sues Suntech Holdings Over Antitrust Claims; How the U.S. Is Getting More...more

Section 1603 Renewable Energy Treasury Grant Program Update: IRS and OIG Audits and Sequestration Haircuts

Two recent developments may impact Section 1603 renewable energy Treasury grant program awards: (1) audits of grant recipients by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General...more

California Public Utilities Commission Proposes Reforms to Renewables Portfolio Standard Procurement Process

On October 5, 2012, Commissioner Mark Ferron of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) issued a ruling proposing reforms to California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) procurement process. These...more

Three Weeks Remaining until Army MATOC Submission Deadline: An Update

On August 8, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Multiple-Award Task Order Request for Proposal (RFP) for $7 billion in total contract capacity to procure renewable energy through power purchase agreements and...more

Large Opportunities and Potential Risks: Renewable and Alternative Energy Companies Competing for the Army’s $7B Contract

Renewable and alternative energy (“RAE”) companies will throw their hats into a rich, but potentially risky, ring for an opportunity to contract with the U.S. Army beginning at the end of September 2012. A number of those...more

DOE Announces $5 Million Grant to Arizona Universities for CSP Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday that it will invest $5 million over the next five years on research to improve the molten salt-based heat transfer fluids used in concentrating solar projects (CSP),...more

U.S. Army Releases Final RFP for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts

The U.S. Army has released its final request for proposals to obtain up to $7 billion in locally generated large-scale renewable and alternative energy through long-term power purchase agreements and “other contractual...more

U.S. Army Issues RFP to Purchase $7 Billion of Renewable Energy from New Projects on U.S. Military Installations

On August 8, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through its Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, issued a Multiple-Award Task Order Request for Proposal (RFP) for $7 billion in total contract capacity to procure...more

$7B in Contracting Opportunities for Renewable Energy Projects

U.S. Army issues an RFP to secure locally generated renewable and alternative energy. On August 7, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its long-awaited request for proposal (RFP) to procure up to $7 billion worth of...more

Department of Defense Renewable Energy Update: Recent Announcements and Conference Discount

On April 11, 2012, President Obama announced an expanded goal for the Department of Defense (DOD) to deploy three gigawatts (GWs) of renewable energy at Army, Navy, and Air Force installations by 2025. This announcement is...more

Navigating California’s New 33% RPS Law: Key California PUC decision on qualifying RPS portfolio content categories, compliance,...

On December 15, 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a decision implementing key provisions of California’s new 33% Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) law. That law added § 399.16 to...more

French Solar Projects

On 15 September 2011, the French Energy Regulation Committee (CRE) issued a set of rules covering the applicable conditions for the new tender process for photovoltaic (PV) projects in France with a capacity exceeding 250kw. ...more

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