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Massachusetts Energy Bill Emerges from Senate Committee on Ways and Means

Last Friday, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its version of the energy bill that passed the House earlier this month. Whereas the House bill would require distribution companies to procure 1,200 MW of offshore...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California utility phasing out nuclear, voluntarily raising renewables target - PV-Tech - Jun 22 - California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) plans to increase investment...more

Energy Storage Gets a Boost from Federal and Private Sector Actions

On June 16, 2016, the White House hosted a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. As a backdrop to the Summit, the Obama Administration announced new executive actions and 33 public and private...more

Open Teleconference Of The State Energy Advisory Board Announced

On June 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an open teleconference of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) in the Federal Register. STEAB advises DOE and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable...more

FERC’s Generator Interconnection Technical Conference Elicits Debate on Need for Interconnection Process Reforms

On May 13, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) held a technical conference on generator interconnection issues in partial response to a June 2015 Petition filed by the American Wind...more

Predictions for Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

In March 2016, the Alberta government tasked the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the independent system operator for Alberta’s electricity system, with developing and implementing a plan to significantly increase...more

DOE Awards $23 Million for Small Businesses Focused on Clean Energy Innovations

Earlier this week the Department of Energy (DOE) announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects focused on developing clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These small...more

Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

In September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada, on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled last March, outlines its plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget –...more

Renewable Energy Global Paper: The year of PPAs and the corporate green agenda

In a world where the corporate green agenda is increasingly integral to business strategy, particularly following the Paris climate change agreement, this paper explores the growing trend of large corporates using power...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

EIB Energy Highlights: Nat Gas Outpowers Coal, NC Renewables, CPP En Banc, Fed Energy Bill Awaits Conference & More

Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation to Exceed Coal-Fired Generation in 2016: The EIA recently projected that for the first time, on an annual basis, natural gas will exceed coal as a fuel for electric power generation in...more

MIT Study Finds Energy Storage For Renewables Makes Economic Sense in Some Locations

In a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that it currently makes economic sense to combine large-scale energy storage systems with...more

Corporations Directly Buying Renewable Power on the Rise

Recent trends demonstrate a rapid growth in corporations directly buying renewable energy from wind, solar and other renewable energy generators. Renewable energy capacity under corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs)...more

New Wind Generators No Longer Exempt from FERC's Requirement to Provide Reactive Power

On June 16, 2016, FERC issued Order No. 827, which requires transmission-owning public utilities to revise their open access transmission tariffs to establish reactive power requirements for new interconnecting...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Apple plans to sell excess rooftop solar energy from headquarters - Renewable Energy World - Jun 10 - Apple Inc. plans to sell excess electricity generated by solar panels on the roof...more

Reform of the law on renewable energy

Although an inadequate and fragmented regulatory framework, caused by a lack of financing, has hindered the development of the renewable energy sector in Morocco for many years, the Kingdom now has one of the most ambitious...more

Will network charges encourage the installation of residential batteries?

It remains to be seen what impact batteries will have on the operation of Australia’s electricity networks. They may become an integral part of those networks, could be used as a substitute for those networks and may...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

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - A suburban experiment aims for free energy - New York Times - Jun 3 - At first glance, Anthony and Vanessa Genau’s home in a subdivision beneath the San Gabriel Mountains is like...more

IRS Issues Updated Notice Regarding Safe Harbor for Transfers of Property to Regulated Public Utilities by Electricity Generators

In Depth - On June 10, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-36 (the Notice), updating the safe harbor (Safe Harbor) regarding transfers of property from an electricity generator to a regulated...more

Energy Tax Law Alert: IRS Expands Safe Harbor for Transfers of Property to Transmission Providers

The IRS on June 10 issued Notice 2016-36, which expands a safe harbor allowing certain transfers of property to regulated public utilities to be treated as nontaxable contributions of capital to a corporation, rather than as...more

Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program Recharges for Phase II, RFQ Stage Expected in August

Renewable power developers can expect to see a draft of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement program (LRP II), before the end of June 2016. Ontario’s Independent...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

Extension Of Bioenergy 2016 Poster Submission Deadline

On June 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an extension for the abstract submission deadline for the Bioenergy 2016 poster session. Abstract submissions were originally due June 3, 2016, but have been...more

Saudi Renewables: Is the Sleeping Giant Finally Awakening?

On 1 June 2016, Saudi Electricity Company (“SEC”) invited expressions of interest from potential lead developers for the development of two 50MW solar photovoltaic (“PV”) Independent Power Plants (“IPPs”) in Al-Jouf and...more

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