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Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March - Utility Dive - Apr 10 - Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Renewables and efficiency are eating away at America’s fossil fuel demand - Greentech Media - Apr 10 - America's energy transition is no longer theoretical. Wind and solar are...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

“PACE” for Residential and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects – What is it?

“PACE” – Is it the new buzzword? Lately, it seems I keep hearing about securitizations backed by PACE financings. What is a PACE financing program, and what is happening in the securitization market?...more

2016 California Energy and Climate Legislative Update

by Morgan Lewis on

California took legislative action in 2016 aimed at addressing climate change, advancing renewable energy, and maintaining the state’s emphasis on safety in the energy sector. In 2016, the California legislature took...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from December 16, 2016 – January 15, 2017. Greetings! While there was some slowdown in regulatory activity towards the end of the year, as usual, there were also some fairly...more

USDA Renewable Energy Program Forecast

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture had been rumored for some time. However, Perdue's nomination on Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump was inaugurated,...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business income tax credit in the amount of $0.023 (2015) per kilowatt hour of electricity produced from qualifying renewable resources during a ten-year...more

The Department of Energy’s Big Energy Efficiency Plans for Consumer and Commercial Products in 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (“DOE”) has big plans for its Appliance and Equipment Standards program in 2017. Its entries in the recently issued Unified Agenda of Regulatory and...more

Amendments to California PACE Financing Statutes Become Effective January, 1 2017

On January 1, 2017, certain amendments to California's current statutory schemes for authorizing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs will become effective. The amendments primarily prescribe additional...more

Something for everyone? The European Commission’s Winter “Clean Energy” Package on Energy Union (November 2016)

by Dentons on

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission officially unveiled the latest instalment of its ongoing Energy Union initiative, which will reform some of the central pieces of EU energy legislation. Referred to in advance as...more

Cleantech Open Northeast 2016 Recap

On October 27, 2016, Cleantech Open Northeast, the Northeast division of Cleantech Open, a global cleantech accelerator for early-stage clean technology companies, announced the 2016 regional winners of the competition. Four...more

FERC Proposes Rules on Electric Storage and Distributed Energy Resource Participation in Organized Wholesale Power Markets,...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

FERC issued a proposed rule last week that has the potential to blaze a path forward for electric storage and distributed energy resources in organized wholesale electricity markets. It also released its annual enforcement...more

DOE Funding Opportunity for Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) on Nov. 15, 2016, to deploy funds for clean energy and energy efficiency projects in Indian...more

Electric energy storage: preparing for the revolution

by White & Case LLP on

Electric energy storage is on the cusp of a commercial breakthrough. Are markets and regulators ready? Until now, there have been only a few, comparatively costly ways to temporarily store large quantities of electric...more

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

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

Green Bond Assessments

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...more

CaliforniaFirst PACE Program Finances Clean Energy Projects for Commercial Property

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Planning, Tendering and Closing Global District Energy Projects

by King & Spalding on

The district energy industry has received a global boost through a global initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP has called for governments, state owned enterprises and procuring...more

DOE Issues Further Update to Its Loan Guarantee Programs

The Loan Program Office (LPO) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published an important update to the Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects (the...more

EPA's Clean Energy Incentive Program

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Expansion of Eligible Low Income Community Projects to Include Solar Projects - The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) allows participants to earn tradeable emissions credits for...more

FHA and VA to Expand Coverage to Properties with Certain PACE Assessments

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced guidance intended to clarify circumstances under which residential properties encumbered by a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) special assessment would be eligible...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center in Virginia turns rainwater into drinking water - Inhabitat - Jul 14 - A new building in Virginia Beach is raising the bar for...more

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