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Montana to study customer-generator costs, benefits

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Montana utility regulators are preparing to study the costs and benefits of distributed solar energy projects and other customer-generators. The results could reshape the way net-metered customers are charged for electric...more

FERC Staff Questions Wind Farms on Calculation of PURPA’s One-Mile Rule

On June 9, 2017, Beaver Creek Wind II, LLC and Beaver Creek Wind III, LLC (together, “Beaver Creek”) responded to a deficiency letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) staff seeking...more

Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

NYSERDA and NY Power Authority Seek to Fund Proposals for New Clean Energy Projects: First Round Submissions Due July 13th

On June 2nd, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) issued record requests for proposals from qualified developers to build renewable energy projects...more

Some Will Always Have Paris: Withdrawal from the Climate Change Accord May Not Reduce the Heat on the Health Care Industry

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement—an international, nonbinding agreement to take steps to limit global temperature rise—followed a series of moves at the...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Can California really hit a 100% renewable energy target? - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jun 9 - California takes pride in its clean energy credentials, but the state may be poised to take...more

Rhode Island Considering Legislation to Streamline Process of Developing Renewable Energy Projects

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering several bills designed to streamline the local permitting process statewide and make it easier and cheaper for developers of renewable energy projects to do business in the...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Moody’s downgrades Eskom - Moody’s lowered Eskom’s credit rating to the second rung of junk status on Tuesday night....more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California regulators weigh whether the state needs more power plants - Los Angeles Times - Jun 6 - California energy officials are, for the first time, rethinking plans to build...more

California Holds Fast to GHG Reduction in the Face of the Trump Administration

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, brought with it levels of angst and concern not felt for some time within the environmental community. While some welcome the...more

Nevada Legislature Approves Bills to Encourage Distributed Generation and Community Solar Projects

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Nevada legislature took several actions in the last days of its 2017 legislative session to reopen the state to the development of and investment in distributed generation and community solar projects...more

SEIA’s Finance & Tax Seminar Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panelists at the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Finance & Tax Seminar in New York City. The seminar was held on June 1 and 2, but only comments from the second day are reflected below....more

Is the wind of change blowing for energy investors in Poland?

by DLA Piper on

The Polish Ministry of Energy (ME) has been working on a set of changes to the Renewable Energy Sources Act and certain other acts including the Wind Energy Investments Act. The wording of the proposed changes is to be...more

Suniva/SolarWorld Section 201 Solar Panel Proceeding

On May 23, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("USITC") initiated a proceeding under section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 to determine if imports of crystalline solar photovoltaic ("CSPV") cells and modules are...more

Tax incentives in Puerto Rico: a quick introduction

by DLA Piper on

To promote, attract and develop key industries, sectors and activities, Puerto Rico offers a spectrum of economic incentives, among them low fixed income tax rates, partial and/or total tax exemptions, income tax credits and...more

U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - June, 2017 #2

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the General Assembly, budget conversations continued while both the House and Senate considered noteworthy bills. Budget Process (S257) - Both chambers appointed members to the conference committee for...more

Alberta Caps Power Prices with Bill 16

On June 7, 2017, Bill 16, titled “An Act to Cap Regulated Electricity Rates” (Bill 16), received royal assent and is now law. Bill 16 will impose a maximum rate of 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for electricity consumers...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - EDF signs 420 MW hydro construction deal with Cameroon - On Tuesday, an agreement was signed between the French power utility Électricité de France (EDF) and the...more

President Trump Announces U.S. Government Pull Back on Paris Agreement While States, Cities, Businesses, and Investors Continue...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week, President Trump made a public decision to take action on the Paris Agreement on climate change. His remarks have no legal effect on their own and do not explain when or what legal action will be taken. As a result,...more

Neste Issues A Statement On The U.S. Withdrawal From The Paris Agreement

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 2, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), released a statement in response to the decision by President Trump to withdraw the U.S from the Paris Agreement. According to...more

BETO Announces Availability Of Project Peer Review 2017 Presentations

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 2, 2017, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the availability of Project Peer Review 2017 presentations. The biennial event provides an opportunity for external...more

Senate “MA Clean Energy Future Tour” Continues Across the Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings across the Commonwealth to gather input on clean energy and climate change. Launched by Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco...more

DOC Announces Renewable Energy Advisory Committee Meeting

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) International Trade Association announced in the Federal Register a public meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC). The...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

by Jones Day on

The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

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