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Carbon Reduction Reshapes a Regional Electricity Market

Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state’s distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-term contracts for up to...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Reaction mixed on proposed California solar-wind resource adequacy scheme - Renewable Energy World - Oct 12 - The power and energy regulatory environment is in a high state of...more

DOE to Deploy Funds for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects in Indian Country

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Indian Energy has announced its Notice of Intent for funding opportunities ranging from $50,000 to $1 million to maximize the development and deployment of clean energy and...more

What a Surprise! Increased Renewal Energy Decreases GHG Emissions.

On October 12, 2016, the Energy Information Administration reported that “Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991.” The EIA gave three reasons for the drop in CO2 emissions. ...more

Some Real Numbers About Transitioning a Coal Plant to a Solar Farm

Power density was on display yesterday in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Virtually anyway. There was a groundbreaking for a 5.8 MW solar farm. This is wonderful news. The old, inefficient, environmentally challenged, coal-fired...more

Four New California Cap and Trade Bills Fund Programs

$900 million in appropriations for fiscal year 2016-17 - With California’s cap and trade program suffering from legal challenges, decreasing auction revenue and general criticism of the program’s effectiveness, Gov....more

The Future of Electricity Markets? Corporations Directly Buying Renewable Power

An increasing number of corporations are directly buying from (or building) clean electricity sources. For decades most Fortune 1000 companies did little more than seek to manage costs as they bought electricity and fuel....more

EDGE Advisory: Focus on Corporate Renewables

Corporate renewable energy purchasing is one of the hottest topics in clean energy. Plummeting prices for wind and solar, an opportunity to reduce exposure to energy price volatility and requirements under voluntary climate...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of...more

Southern California Edison to bring 125 MW of clean energy resources to Orange County

Around the country clean energy resources, energy efficiency and demand response are quickly being adopted alongside more traditional resources. Southern California Edison (“SCE”) recently contracted for an assortment of...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - California school district to save millions - Solar Industry Magazine - Sep 29 - The Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) in California and SunPower Corp. have announced...more

Public-Private Partnerships Can Power the Green Economy

At the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton expressed a desire for the United States to become the “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Donald Trump responded that he, too, believes in all forms of energy, but...more

Clean Power Plan has its day in court - Will the D.C. Circuit uphold EPA’s landmark CO2 regulations?

In a marathon day-long session before a packed courtroom (and a number of overflow rooms) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard oral arguments in a litigation challenging the...more

New York’s New Renewable Energy Standard

Last week’s article discussed New York’s Zero-Emissions Credit (ZEC) for nuclear power. The ZEC is one component of New York’s Clean Energy Standard (CES). The other major component of the CES is the new Renewable Energy...more

RGGI Is a Success Story. When Will It Be Obsolete?

When RGGI was first implemented, I heard Ian Bowles, then Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, say more than once that the purpose of RGGI wasn’t really to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or jump...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Los Angeles takes ‘enormous step’ toward 100% renewables - North American Windpower - Sep 19 - The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved a measure that instructs the Los...more

NY Creates New Emissions Credit for Nuclear Plants

The New York Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Clean Energy Standard (CES), adopted in August, includes a new emissions credit—the ZEC. The ZEC, or zero-emissions credit, is the first emissions credit created exclusively for...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - CleanFund finances $3.5M for California projects - Bisnow - Sep 19 - San Francisco-based CleanFund closed six transactions in California totaling about $3.5 million. Property...more

CaliforniaFirst PACE Program Finances Clean Energy Projects for Commercial Property

Property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs are an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property. They also present a number of challenges to investors—for one,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal Plan divvies up California desert for conservation and energy projects - ABC News - Sep 14 - Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar, wind developers: U.S. desert plan hurts renewable energy - Reuters - Sep 14 - On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Interior unveiled the first phase of the Desert Renewable...more

U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Readies for Take-off Led by Northeast U.S.

The U.S.’s offshore wind industry is poised for a burst of activity after faltering for several years on the heels of the stalled Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. The country’s first offshore wind farm will open this fall...more

Rooftop Solar Companies and Utility Regulation

Rooftop solar companies and their trade associations are intervening in a variety of state utility regulatory proceedings around the country. In Arizona, for example, in the past two years they have intervened in three rate...more

Preparing for FHA PACE: What Mortgagees Need To Know Before September 17

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued Mortgagee Letter 2016-11, which specifically permits properties encumbered with a Property Assessed Clean Energy...more

Due Diligence For Bankable Solar PV Projects

Sharp reductions in the price of solar PV technology, dramatic technological advancement and (until recently) generous subsidies for solar PV generation have enabled developers to project reliable and attractive revenues over...more

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