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Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: FFP Qualified Hydro 14, LLC, Docket No....more

Italy: Changes to Minimum Guaranteed Electricity Sales Price for Renewable Energy Plants

On 13 December 2013, the Italian Government approved the Destinazione Italia Decree (the Decree), which, amongst other things amends the regulatory framework applicable to renewable energy source plants (RES plants)....more

SDG&E Issues Renewables RFO

On December 16, 2013, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) issued its 2013 Request for Offers ("RFO") seeking Eligible Renewable Resources. This solicitation will facilitate SDG&E’s compliance with California’s Renewables...more

CPUC Extends Comment Period to Friday on Net-Energy Metering Transition: Law Impacts Public Agencies With Renewable Energy...

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted a one-week extension until December 13 for interested parties to submit comments on establishing a transition period under the newly signed Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327)....more

Redefinition of the guaranteed minimum prices for electricity production plants up to 1 MW powered by renewables sources

The Italian Electricity and Gas Authority (AEEG) issued on 31 October 2013 the new consultation document No. 486/2013/R/efr1 containing guidelines and proposals for the redefinition of the guaranteed minimum prices for...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 14, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- Movin' and shakin': geothermal projects face a rocky road: Renewable Energy World - Sep 30 - Geothermal energy, one of the "forgotten renewables," powers 4,419 megawatts, or just more than 1...more

New Energy Finance Paper Discusses Tax Equity

America’s Power Plan describes itself as a “toolkit” for policymakers. The information that constitutes the toolkit is available below. Its energy finance paper was just published. The paper is available below. Below are...more

Is New England Moving Towards Importing Canadian Hydro as a Counterweight to Its Reliance on Natural Gas? Updates from the...

Back in June, I noted that the New England states had tasked the New England States Committee on Electricity (“NESCOE”) with exploring the possibility of importing more large-scale Canadian hydro into New England. Earlier...more

Energy Law Alert: California Net Metering Reform Passes California Legislature; Heads to the Governor for Signature

Originally introduced by Henry T. Perea (D) in February 2013, Assembly Bill 327 ("AB 327") cleared its second-to-last hurdle on September 12, 2013 when it was passed out of the California Assembly and on to Governor Brown for...more

Update on Electricity Market Reform: Contracts for Difference

This is the second of a series of three client alerts considering recent developments in the UK Government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) programme. In the first alert, we gave an overview of the EMR programme. One...more

Xcel Plans 600 Megawatts of New Wind Power

Xcel Energy, the nation’s leading wind power utility, announced yesterday that it will add three large wind farms to its wind energy portfolio. The 600 megawatt increase is the utility’s single largest increase in its Upper...more

UK electricity market reform: the road ahead

The UK’s electricity market is evolving, with far-reaching implications for generators and investors in the renewables sector. As the draft Energy Bill progresses through Parliament this year, further detail is expected in a...more

New Measures for the Support of Renewable Generation Investment Projects in Russia

Russia has introduced a scheme whereby selected renewable generation projects can qualify to receive set capacity payments, intended to deliver recovery of capital invested and a certain level of return over a fifteen year...more

Technically, We Could Green The Grid and Keep The Lights On; Do We Have The Policies to Get Us There?

One concern with adding large amounts of renewable generation to the electric grid is that the variability of renewable resources such as solar and wind might render the electric grid unreliable. According to a recent report...more

Summary of the Implementing Regulations for Japan’s Feed-In Tariff Law for Renewable Electric Energy

This updates our September 13, 2011 Client Alert entitled “Outline of Japan’s Feed-In Tariff Law for Renewable Electric Energy,” which summarized “The Act on Special Measures Concerning the Procurement of Renewable Electric...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 24, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Insights into renewables and the grid from Congress: GreenTech Policy News - May 13 A House of Representatives subcommittee hearing produced insights into how safe renewables are for the U.S....more

Real Estate Tip – Renewable On-Site Power: Who Pays to Charge a Tenant’s Chevy Volt?

In two previous LEED tips, Part 1 and Part 2, we explored how taking steps that result in LEED certification may yield little if any improvement in energy efficiency. Another efficiency-neutral LEED concern is clean on-site...more

Green Energy - Introduction to microFIT

The microFIT Program was launched in 2009 as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to increase renewable energy in the province. The Program provides eligible participants with the opportunity to develop a small, or...more

German government compromise could lead to a reduction in consumer costs for renewable energy

On 13 February 2013, the two coalition parties in the German government reached a compromise on new measures which should lead to a reduction of costs for renewable energy for consumers. The changes are intended to come into...more

Japan’s New Feed-in Tariffs: Government’s Model Contract Available Now

I. Introduction of FIT in July 2012 - On July 1, 2012, the Act on Special Measures concerning Procurement of Renewable Energy Sourced Electricity by Electric Utilities (Act No. 108 of 2011) (the “RE Act”) came into...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - January 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Item - Hydro Items - Certificate Item Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1 Annual Charges for Use of Government Lands (Docket No. RM11-6-000)...more

Duke Acquires 10 MW PV Project in Arizona from SOLON

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired the 10 MW Black Mountain Solar Project near Kingman. The Project was developed by Tucson-based SOLON Corp. and is expected to achieve commercial operation in October 2013....more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Extends Production Tax Credit for Wind and Many Other Cleantech Tax Incentives

On January 1, 2013, the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), averting the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The legislation, which was signed by President Obama, extends...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Extends Certain Energy Tax Credits

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”), passed by Congress on January 1, 2013, and expected to be quickly signed into law by the President, includes important extensions and changes to certain energy tax credit...more

"Temporary ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Solution Yields Important Tax Changes"

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the TRA of 2012), which permanently extends certain federal income tax rate reductions first enacted in 2001 that were scheduled to expire...more

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