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Iowa Supreme Court Decision Boosts Renewable Energy Development

A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision may give a boost to small-scale renewable energy development in that state. On July 11, the court issued its opinion in SZ Enterprises, LLC vs. Iowa Utilities Board (link to decision),...more

Atlantic offshore wind energy targeted

A report released by the National Wildlife Foundation highlights the potential of U.S. states on the Atlantic Ocean to generate electricity from offshore wind -- and calls upon state leaders to take action to promote offshore...more

Russia's Second Renewable Energy Auction Gives Both Glimmer of Hope and Cause for Concern

Having one of the richest conventional energy reserves in the world, Russia has traditionally downplayed the importance of renewable power generation. Therefore, it is not surprising that compared to other countries' policy...more

Renewable Energy Update -- June 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Warren Buffett plans to double Berkshire Hathaway’s investment in renewable energy: PV Tech - Jun 24: Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. CEO Warren Buffett certainly made his presence felt at the Edison...more

The Third Piece of EPA’s Clean Power Plan: GHG Emission Limits for Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for “new” and “existing” power plants have received substantial media attention, but regulated parties should also be aware of the third...more

Renewable Energy Update -- June 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: The EPA’s new carbon rules could be a major boost to renewable energy - Greentech Media - Jun 2: The EPA’s new carbon rule could grow renewable capacity by an additional 70 percent in the next...more

PG&E Opens Application Process for RAM 5

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is now accepting applications for PG&E’s Fifth Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) Request for Offers (RFO), known as “RAM 5.” The RAM 5 RFO is available to renewable electric energy generating...more

EPA Plans To Issue Several Actions That Will Impact The Biofuels Industry

On Friday, May 23, 2014, EPA published its semi-annul regulatory agenda (Agenda) indicating the Agency's upcoming priorities and timelines. A copy of the Agenda is available online. According to the Agenda, EPA plans to issue...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Another solar record set, renewables power nearly quarter of California: KCET - May 20 -- Yet another milestone in California's quest to go solar: the state's industrial-sized solar power...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - White House announces new action on solar energy: TIME - May 9 - The White House is announcing executive actions to advance clean energy on Friday, including $2 billion worth of upgrades to...more

Texas Supreme Court Issues Opinion with Implications for Power Purchase Agreements

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an opinion with implications for negotiating terms in power purchase agreements in the renewable energy market. In FPL Energy LLC, et al. v. TXU Portfolio Management Co., LP, the Court...more

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

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