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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

NH adopts Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has approved a settlement agreement that establishes a statewide Energy Efficiency Resource Standard. The Commission described the EERS as "a framework within which the...more

Offshore wind in Massachusetts energy bill

The Massachusetts legislature has enacted an energy bill that will require utilities to purchase offshore wind energy by 2027. The legislation, known as H. 4568, "An Act to promote energy diversity," has been laid before...more

Maine biomass commission first meeting

A special commission formed by the Maine Legislature to study the economic, environmental and energy benefits of the state's biomass industry holds its first meeting this week. This spring, the Maine legislature enacted...more

Minnesota Power Requests Proposals for Wind; Solar, Demand Response & Customer Self-Generation to Follow

Minnesota Power released a Request for Proposals (RFP) yesterday for up to 300 MW of wind generation, with proposals due by September 7, 2016. A copy of the RFP and additional details are available at...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

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

FTC Workshop Examines Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Rooftop Solar Industry

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the rooftop solar industry—also known as solar “distributed generation.” Beyond exploring a wide...more

NH net metering under review

New Hampshire utility regulators have paused their review of a utility’s proposed changes to rates for customers with solar and other distributed energy resources, pending a more holistic review of the state’s net metering...more

News from Second and State

Budget, budget, budget. While the budget debate was at the forefront of activity this week, there were a number of other developments on the legislative front. Here’s a rundown of some noteworthy non-budget happenings this...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant - Los Angeles Times - Jun 21 - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced on Tuesday that it plans to close...more

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

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