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Maine biomass resource RFP issued

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued an order approving a Request for Proposals for biomass energy resources. At stake are two-year contracts through which biomass resources may sell energy and related products...more

Maine opens net metering inquiry

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a Notice of Inquiry to obtain feedback on whether its net energy billing rules should be modified, or other action taken to affect Maine's net metering policy. Under...more

Maine to consider net metering rules

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is set to consider opening an inquiry into the state's net energy billing rules, which allow electric utility customers to offset their load with distributed generation. Under...more

Updated Status of Oil-and Gas-Related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

June 3, 2016 was the final deadline for oil- and gas-related bills introduced in the 2015-2016 legislative session to move through their house of origin. Below is a summary of those bills, many of which relate to natural gas...more

MN Court of Appeals Upholds PUC’s Community Solar Order

The Minnesota Court of Appeals filed its decision today affirming the Public Utilities Commission’s August 6, 2015 Order in the community solar garden proceeding, which adopted the partial settlement agreement between certain...more

Emergency Energy Storage Solicitation

The California Public Utilities Commission issues an unprecedented Resolution that will test the nascent energy storage industry. On May 26, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued Resolution E-4791 (the...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Energy efficiency is a must for California buildings moving forward - Los Angeles Daily News - May 14 - Energy efficient homes like those at Skylar at Playa Vista in Los...more

Maine biomass procurement competitive standards

As the Maine Public Utilities Commission prepares for its upcoming procurement of biomass power resources, the Commission has requested public comment on the standards and criteria to be used in evaluating whether the...more

New Hampshire Doubles Solar Net Metering Cap

New Hampshire has doubled the caps on energy that both residential and commercial customer-generators of rooftop solar can sell back to the grid, raising the cap from 50 MW to 100 MW. The governor signed H.B. 1116, which was...more

New PA Law Gives Boost to Investor-Owned Acquisitions of Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems

Action Item: A new Pennsylvania law makes the Commonwealth a much friendlier place for investor-owned water utilities to acquire municipally-owned water and wastewater facilities. Act 12 of 2016 mitigates the risk that the...more

Maine examines interconnection standards

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an inquiry into whether it should change its rule governing how small distributed generation resources may interconnect with the electric grid. This small generator...more

North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Sales of Solar-Generated Electricity

The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that third-party sales of solar-generated electricity violate state law. The Commission rejected a test case brought by an advocacy group seeking to legitimize such...more

Oregon PUC Outlines Ambitious Schedule for Implementation of Clean Electricity Programs

At an April 21 workshop, the Oregon Public Utility Commission presented its timeline for implementing a variety of programs in the wake of the state’s recently passed and far-ranging energy bill, SB 1547 (the “Oregon Clean...more

Maine enacts biomass energy support

Maine has adopted a new law to support the state's biomass energy industry. Governor Paul LePage has signed LD 1676, An Act To Establish a Process for the Procurement of Biomass Resources, as emergency legislation. As a...more

NH regulation of solar PPAs, leases

As distributed energy resources like solar panels become more widely adopted, how do typical solar business models like solar power purchase agreements or solar leases match up to state utility laws? While the answer may...more

Maine PUC considers NTA coordinator

Maine utility regulators have launched an investigation into the designation of a "Non-Transmission Alternative Coordinator." The case could shape whether and how Maine coordinates alternatives to electric transmission line...more

Maine Green Power offer provider selected

Maine energy regulators have chosen a manager for the Maine Green Power program. In an April 4, 2016 order, the Maine Public Utilities Commission selected 3Degrees Group, Inc. to manage the program. ...more

Maine renewable energy report released

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued its latest annual report on Maine's use of renewable electricity, covering the 2014 calendar year. The report shows the impact of Maine's renewable portfolio standard, a state...more

Maine community solar farms

As the Maine legislature considers a bill to change the state's solar energy laws, opportunities for customers to participate in community solar farms are drawing interest. As a result of this interest, some of the legal...more

Oregon Creates Community Solar Program

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed legislation enacting a new community solar program permitting utilities and third parties to own or operate a community-based renewable energy project. The law also sets a specific target...more

Maine solar legislation released

The Maine legislature has printed a bill whose enactment would reshape the state's solar energy laws. The bill, An Act To Modernize Maine's Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development, has been numbered as LD 1649....more

Developer Requests Clarification of Minnesota PUC’s Community Solar Garden Order

Minnesota solar developer SolarStone Partners, LLC filed a Motion for Clarification of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s September 2014 Order Approving Solar-Garden Plan with Modifications. Specifically, SolarStone...more

Oregon Legislature Passes Sweeping Energy Bill

The Oregon Legislature on Wednesday passed a sweeping and contentious bill that signals significant changes for the state’s energy industry. Senate Bill 1547, the final home for the “Oregon Clean Electricity and Coal...more

Status of Oil- and Gas-Related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

February 19, 2016 was the deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislation to the 2015-2016 California Legislative Session, and the Legislature’s ever-growing appetite for regulating the energy industry in California shows no...more

To “SIB” or Not to “SIB” – That Is the Question on How to Timely Fund Necessary Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Survey showed that $271 billion is needed for the Nation’s Wastewater Infrastructure, including for investor-owned utilities regulated by state public utility commissions....more

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