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State aid: the former French financial support mechanism for solar radiative energy at risk

by White & Case LLP on

By an order dated 15 March 20171, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rules on the compatibility with the European State aid rules of the Ministerial Orders of 10 July 2006 and of 12 January 2010 setting out the feed-in...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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South Africa Energy Minister, axed - Many South African’s are stunned at the President’s bold reshuffle of Cabinet last night. Among the 20 position changes – some being axed and others shifted to different portfolios – ...more

A better future for the Italian solar market

by DLA Piper on

The rules for the management of the maintenance and technological renovation interventions on photovoltaic plants incentivized under the energy accounts (conti energia) have been published by the Gestore dei Servizi...more

FERC Enters the Trump Era - The agency announces staff-led Technical Conference as Trump administration expected to name new...

On Friday, March 3, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made the much-anticipated announcement of its upcoming staff-led technical conference on wholesale energy and capacity markets. The conference...more

PG&E Narrows Scope of the CPUC Proceeding to Shut Down the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant by Unilaterally Withdrawing Its Procurement...

On February 27, 2017, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) announced it is withdrawing several portions of its plan to close its 2.3 gigawatt Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo by 2025. Specifically, PG&E has...more

Riding Currents into New Markets: What Power Generation Developers and Contractors Should Watch Out For

The CPV St. Charles Energy Center, a new 725 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Maryland, went online earlier this month. The U.S. Supreme Court analyzed federal preemption with respect to state regulation of power...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Renewables sector welcomes Presidency’s support of renewables - The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has welcomed the Presidency’s clear support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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City of Cape Town launches waste-to-energy plant - South Africa’s City of Cape Town is now generating its own electricity through a waste-to-energy plant. While launching the ZAR400 million (US$30 million) plant...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Treasury nominee backs existing phaseout of the wind energy tax credit - Greentech Media - Jan 24 - Amid the flurry of news leading up to the inauguration of President Trump,...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Brown secures an Eskom cut-off reprieve - Indebted municipalities have been handed a reprieve from scheduled power outages after Public Enterprises Minister...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Study reports climate policies provide $13 billion in economic benefits to San Joaquin Valley - Los Angeles Times - Jan 18 - As California lawmakers prepare for another round of...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Trump names climate change skeptic and oil industry ally to lead the EPA - Los Angeles Times - Dec 7 - Donald Trump picked Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt to run the...more

Nova Scotia tidal turbine installed

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A Canadian tidal power developer has installed a turbine at a test site in the Bay of Fundy. Cape Sharp Tidal's project off Nova Scotia could demonstrate the feasibility of larger-scale marine hydrokinetic power plants...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar provides 2% of electricity in the Western United States - PV Magazine - Oct 27 - West of the Rocky Mountains, the electricity mix in the U.S. and Canada looks something like...more

NY Creates New Emissions Credit for Nuclear Plants

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

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

NREL Report: Wind and Solar Could Supply 30% of the Eastern Grid without Increasing Reliability Concerns

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A recent National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) report noted that wind and solar, despite being intermittent sources, could supply 30% of the annual power for the Eastern grid without increasing reliability concerns. ...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert - Los Angeles Times - Aug 24 - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016

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Renewable Energy Focus - Tesla acquires sister firm SolarCity for $2.6 billion - VentureBeat - Aug 1 - SolarCity Corp agreed to be acquired by sister company Tesla Motors Inc. in a deal worth $200 million...more

Update: Confluence of Emissions Regulations Favor Renewable Energy Development

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This posts continues our discussion regarding the status of several major recent regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that target reductions in emissions from the oil, natural gas, and coal...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California land officials sign off on closing Diablo Canyon nuclear plant - OC Register - Jun 29 - California State Lands Commission officials dropped their longstanding environmental...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #4

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Regional energy market could yield $1.5B in savings annually to ratepayers - Energy Manager Today - May 25 - A multi-state, regional electric market would provide environmental and economic benefits to California...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Forecast sees largest growth for renewable energy sources - The Hill - May 11 - Federal energy analysts are forecasting that renewable energy will see the largest growth in...more

Update on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

by K&L Gates LLP on

Late last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) submitted briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in support of its Clean Power Plan (“CPP”) rule. The agency’s...more

The Future of Clean Power Plan After Supreme Court Stay

On February 9, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a stay of the federal Clean Power Plan ("CPP" or "Plan"), preventing the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") from enforcing the Plan until legal challenges are...more

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