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Procurement Opportunities Across North America Indicate That Energy Storage Technologies May Be Poised For Commercial Deployment

Across North America, investor-owned utilities (IOUs), publicly-owned utilities (POUs), and other load-serving entities are issuing unprecedented requests for proposals or offers (RFPs or RFOs) for advanced energy storage...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s plan to replace San Onofre nuclear energy: green success or natural gas giveaway?: Green Tech Solar News - Mar 14 -- The California Public Utilities Commission’s long-range plan to...more

CPUC Issues Decision to Protect Solar Customers for 20 Years

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently ruled to protect all existing solar, biogas and wind customers under their current net-energy metering (NEM) contracts for a 20-year grandfathering period. The...more

CPUC Adopts Transitional Net Metering Rules for Pre-Existing Distributed Generation Systems

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission established rules for transitioning distributed generation renewable energy systems from the current net energy metering (NEM) arrangement to the...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

New Energy Project Opportunities in Southern California Now Clearer

Opportunities to develop new energy projects in Southern Californi — whether conventional generation, renewable resource, demand response, or energy storage — became clearer last week as the result of an order issued by the...more

California Public Utilities Commission Approves New Resources in Southern California

On March 13, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted D.14-03-004, which authorized Southern California Edison (SCE) to procure 500-700 MW of additional resources and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to...more

California Bill Would Create Cyber Security Commission

In recognition of the increasing threat that cyber-attacks pose to the state's infrastructure and the considerable costs that government and private sectors are estimated to spend on cyber security (more than $70 billion...more

The Hearsay Rule Matters In Calif. PUC Proceedings

On Feb. 5, 2014, the California Court of Appeal for the First District issued its decision in The Utility Reform Network v. Public Utilities Commission (TURN v. PUC), in which the court established a clear rule that hearsay...more

Privacy Monday – March 10, 2014

We hope that you remembered to “spring forward” over the weekend — Today’s Privacy Monday is a bit longer than usual – but an important read, particularly if you are a mobile app developer. California Public...more

CPUC Proposes 20-Year Transition Period for Net-Energy Metered Customers

Projects with Power Purchase Agreements or Payback Periods Extending More Than 20 Years Would Not Be Protected - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently proposed establishing a 20-year transition...more

Energy Storage: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions

As our nation pursues ambitious goals towards substantially increased renewable energy resources and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, new energy storage projects will play a major role in achieving these goals....more

AB 327 Threatens Existing Solar and Renewable Projects in California

In October 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 327 that may significantly change the economics of roof-top solar and similar renewable energy projects for public agencies, businesses and homeowners. In part,...more

The Hearsay Rule Matters in California Public Utilities Commission Proceedings

Just last week, the California Court of Appeal issued its decision in The Utility Reform Network v. Public Utilities Commission (TURN v. PUC), in which the Court established a clear rule that hearsay evidence in-and-of-itself...more

California Public Utilities Commission Denies Request to Develop Privacy Standards for Wireless Carriers and Mobile Applications

After a year in which the California Legislature passed a spate of privacy laws, wireless providers and third party mobile application providers do not need to add privacy regulations from the California Public Utilities...more

California Public Utilities Commission Sets Agenda to Consider RPS Expansion

Assembly Bill (AB) 327 took effect in California at the first of the year, giving the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) authority to expand the State’s 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). This week, the CPUC...more

CPUC Mandates Energy Storage

In October 2013, The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) responded to the exceptional growth in the state’s demand for solar power with an energy storage mandate – the first of its kind in the US – that requires...more

CPUC Extends Comment Period to Friday on Net-Energy Metering Transition: Law Impacts Public Agencies With Renewable Energy...

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted a one-week extension until December 13 for interested parties to submit comments on establishing a transition period under the newly signed Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327)....more

CPUC Seeks Comments by Friday on Net-Energy Metering Law Transition Period: Law Impacts Public Agencies’ Renewable Energy Projects...

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) set a Friday deadline for interested parties to submit comments on establishing a transition period under the newly signed Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327). For existing net-energy...more

California Public Utilities Commission Approves Pioneering Energy Storage Mandate

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will require the state’s three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to invest in a combined 1,325 MW of energy storage by the end of 2020, the first-such mandate in the...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

Collaborative Consumption – Is It Good to Share?

Peer-to-peer (“P2P”) business models based on the Internet and technology platforms have become increasingly innovative. As such models have proliferated, they frequently result in clashes with regulators or established...more

CPUC Rejects Constitutional Challenge to RPS Rules

In a matter of great interest to owners of renewable generating facilities throughout the West, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) has finally responded to the constitutional challenge raised by Cowlitz PUD...more

2013 Alternative Energy Legislative Roundup: California Continues to Move Forward on Clean Energy

California continued to add to its steady stream of laws and regulatory actions to promote renewable energy and clean technologies with significant new legislation on net metering and community solar projects. While AB 177...more

California Public Utilities Commission Establishes Parameters for Energy Storage Market

One of the most powerful actions the government can take to promote emerging technologies is to establish a market. Three years ago, the California state legislature took the first step in establishing a market for energy...more

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