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Massachusetts Takes Lead in Energy Storage Initiatives

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has released its long-awaited Energy Storage Initiative Study and simultaneously announced an $11 million program designed to help fund approximately 10 to 15 energy storage projects that...more

BLM Moves Forward with Phase I of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Phase I of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) has now been approved, paving the way for streamlined permitting and environmental review of qualified renewable energy projects on Bureau of Land Management...more

Back to the Bulgarian Bad Guy, So Say the Justices

My blogging sensei Cordell Parvin says the title should always inform the reader of the content. Mea culpa on this one; I couldn’t resist the alliterations. Some time back I reported on Carlton Energy Group et al v....more

New BLM Wind and Solar Development Guidelines on Public Lands Expected Soon

With a goal to spur wind and solar development on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is expected to soon release a new rule that will streamline approval of new renewable energy projects....more

Kauai small conduit hydro exemption terminated

U.S. hydropower regulators have terminated an exemption from licensing for a small conduit hydroelectric facility proposed for development in Hawaii. The case concerns the 5.3-megawatt Puu Lua Hydropower Project No....more

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative...

Law Will Expedite Schedules for Qualified Projects - On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill extending special California Environmental Quality Act litigation streamlining provisions for large,...more

ISO-NE offshore wind economic study

Regional electric grid operator ISO New England Inc. has released a report examining the economic impacts of adding significant offshore wind energy into the mainland grid. Overall, the results project reductions in...more

Federal dams, nonfederal hydro, and preliminary permits

Can a hydropower developer obtain a preliminary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a project to be located at a federal dam, where the federal entity owning the dam says it opposes the project? In a...more

Emera Maine proposes Swans Island Electric Coop acquisition

Maine utility Emera Maine and Swan's Island Electric Cooperative have asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission for approval of Emera Maine's proposed acquisition of the island cooperative. The electric companies say...more

Planning, Tendering and Closing Global District Energy Projects

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

China Continues to Lead Global Investment in Solar and Wind Projects But Curtailment Remains an Issue

According to a recent report released by Clean Energy Pipeline, global clean energy backing in the first half of 2016 totalled US$116.4 billion. China was the largest investor, financing US$15.3 billion worth of solar and...more

BOEM advances California offshore wind leasing

U.S. ocean energy managers are moving closer to leasing sites in federal waters offshore California for wind energy development. Acting in response to a lease area requested by Trident Winds, LLC, this month the Bureau of...more

District Court Dismisses Challenge to Biological Opinions In Light of Circuit Court’s Exclusive Jurisdiction

Primarily relying on precedent from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and D.C. Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine recently dismissed an Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit challenging two...more

Massachusetts develops next solar incentive

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is designing a new solar incentive program to encourage the continued development of solar renewable energy generating sources by residential, commercial, governmental...more

DesertLink transmission project wins rate incentives under Section 219

Federal energy regulators have granted a petition by the developer of a proposed electric transmission project in Nevada for certain transmission rate incentives available under federal law. On August 19, the Federal Energy...more

New Jersey FERC license surrender and dam removal

U.S. energy regulators have accepted an application to surrender the licensee for a New Jersey hydropower project. Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted Great Bear Hydropower Inc.'s...more

Renewable Alert Letter 26: Amended FIT Act - COD Cutoff Date and Possibility of Panel Changes

In advance of the Act for Partial Amendment of the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities (2016 Act No. 59) that was established on May 25, 2016...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of July 2016

Conventional - July 26, 2016 – TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. entered into an agreement with Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. to acquire light oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan. The acquisition includes 1,120 boe per day (roughly 95 per...more

EPA Cuts to Landfill Methane Emissions Create New Opportunities for Credit Trading and Gas–to-Energy Projects

On July 14, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its latest set of methane regulations as part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The Administration issued two...more

Supreme Court’s Environmental and Administrative Law Decisions in 2015-2016 Term

This Advisory briefly reports on some of the significant U.S. Supreme Court actions from January through June 2016 related to environmental and administrative law. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

EPA's Clean Energy Incentive Program

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

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos Announces Petróleos Mexicanos’ First Offer to Farmout

On July 28, 2016, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission) (“CNH”), commenced an international tender process by publishing in the Diario Oficial de la...more

Carbon offset regulations published for comment

On 20 June 2016, the South African National Treasury published, for public comment, the Draft Carbon Offset Regulations (the Draft Regulations) setting out the mechanics according to which carbon offset allowances may be...more

IRS Issues Proposed Rules on Income Inclusion under Section 50(d)(5)

The IRS just published long-awaited temporary regulations under section 1.50-1T governing the section 50(d)(5) income inclusion rules. These rules apply to lessees of investment credit property when the lessor elects to treat...more

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Approves Some Changes to Community Solar Program, Declines Other Changes

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) approved several major changes to Xcel Energy’s Community Solar Garden (CSG) program yesterday, while also voting to maintain other aspects of the CSG program. Mike Hughlett of...more

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