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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

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: The Mexican Government Announces Round Two | Publications

On July 20, 2016, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission) (“CNH”), published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (the Federal Official Gazette) the Bidding...more

US FWS Announces Record of Decision Streamlining Wind Energy Permitting for the Upper Great Plains

On July 7, 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its Record of Decision (ROD) for the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). This is the final step in a process...more

A Coal Plant Shutdown and the Undoing of a Wind Energy Bottleneck

Everyone knows the transmission bottleneck is the boot on the neck of wind energy. The Plains States have megawatts of wind energy. Getting it to the places with megawatts of demand, like Oregon and Washington, aye, there’s...more

Maine DEP Developing New Rule For Wind Power Projects

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it is developing a new Site Law rule that will address certain development standards for wind projects. The standards that will be addressed by the new rule...more

Dentons Global Energy Summit 2016 Analysis

On 17 May 2016, Dentons' third annual Global Energy Summit brought together key industry leaders to discuss current challenges facing the energy sector and the opportunities arising from them. Over 200 delegates and 50...more

Alta, snowmaking pipes and conduit hydro power

Federal energy regulators have issued Alta Ski Area a written determination that its proposed micro-hydropower project will not be required to be licensed under the Federal Power Act. If developed, Alta's project would be...more

Maine tidal project preliminary permit issued

A tidal energy developer has been granted a preliminary permit to study a proposed project in Western Passage, near the city of Eastport, Maine. Under the Federal Power Act, most grid-connected tidal power projects...more

Significant developments in Canadian carbon legislation and policy

On June 6, 2016, Alberta passed the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, creating a carbon levy on fuel consumption. This legislation marks the provincial government’s first step towards executing its Climate Leadership...more

Will PPPs Provide the Catalyst for Waste to Energy Projects in the GCC?

Recent activity in the waste management sector in many Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries suggests that governments in the region are starting to look again at waste to energy (W2E) projects. Within the span of 18...more

Alberta announces new drilling incentive programs

On January 29, 2016, Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel (the “Panel”) issued its report (the “Report”) recommending a new modernized oil and gas royalty framework (the “New Framework”) that will apply to all new wells spud on or...more

LNG In Morocco

Morocco is currently implementing important changes to its energy mix, which may provide interesting opportunities in the LNG sector. This article presents a brief overview of the origin of the national development plan for...more

Bipartisan ESA Bill Proposes Funding for State Programs

In a year that has already seen its fair share of attempts to reform the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), another proposal has made its way into the House of Representatives. Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska) and Debbie...more

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Providing $2.4 Million To Support Biorefinery Development

On June 23, 2016, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced $2.4 million in funding to support the development and construction of a biocrude and biofuel laboratory in Queensland. The $5.3 million project is...more

Maine biomass commission to meet

A commission charged by the Maine legislature to study the state's biomass energy industry will hold its first meeting next month. The study committee's work will result in a report to the legislature, and could include...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - Senator Heinrich to introduce energy storage tax credit bill - Greentech Media - Jul 5 - There will soon be an energy storage tax credit proposal in both the House and Senate. Senator...more

DOE Issues Updates to Its Loan Guarantee Programs

The Loan Program Office (“LPO”) of the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) recently introduced a number of important updates to the Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency...more

IRS Issues Further Guidance on “Start of Construction” Requirement for Renewable Energy Tax Credits, Including Continuity...

On May 5, 2016, the IRS released Notice 2016-31, which provides additional guidance on the “start of construction” requirements for the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) in lieu of the PTC. Notice...more

The new FER decree: A fresh breath of air for the renewables?

On June 29, 2016 the new decree aimed at regulating the new incentives for the renewable sources other than photovoltaic ones (the "New FER Decree") has been finally published on the Official Gazette. After a long process,...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FERC’s NEPA Analysis in Sabine Pass and Freeport LNG Projects

On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected two related challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental review of the Sabine Pass LNG and Freeport LNG...more

BOEM Call for Hawaii offshore wind interest

U.S. ocean energy managers have asked for information to evaluate industry interest in leasing sites offshore Hawaii for commercial offshore wind development. Under U.S. law, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)...more

The New North Sea – Part 3: Top 10 “MER UK” issues for exploration activities

Exploration is undoubtedly a key area of focus for the bodies responsible for achieving MER UK. In its Corporate Plan, the OGA lists “revitalising exploration” as one of its priorities. It also sets out a proposed pathway for...more

IRS modifies and extends continuity safe harbor, clarifies other guidance for production tax credit eligibility

The IRS has released Notice 2016-31, which extends and modifies the “continuity safe harbor” for purposes of the “begun construction” requirement applicable to the renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) under §45...more

NY offshore wind leasing advances

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is moving closer to leasing ocean sites offshore New York for commercial offshore wind development. On June 2, 2016, the Department of the Interior and BOEM announced the...more

Did Ethiopian Electric Power Violate California’s Corporate Securities Law?

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a $6.5 million settlement with Ethiopian Electric Power, which was described in the SEC’s order as “a government-owned power utility headquartered in Addis Ababa,...more

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