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Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...more

Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles Highlight the Promise of Consumer/Utility Collaboration in Renewable Power...

As we wrote earlier this year, end-use corporate energy consumers large and small are increasingly turning to distributed power generation using solar, wind and other technologies to reduce purchased power costs and price...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: July 2014 #2

During the past several years, Europe has installed about 2,000 offshore turbines (6,500 MW of offshore wind generation capacity), with capacity doubling since 2010. Offshore wind provides almost 1% of total power in Western...more

Energy Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2014

In This Edition: - Leaders in the News - Washington Update - Event Highlights - Innovator Profile - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Leaders in the News: Congratulations to...more

1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 1-3 MW (AC) in order to create a CPAU-branded Community Solar Program. The CPAU has stated that its primary objectives for such...more

SolarCity Discovery Motion Details Treasury’s Cash Grant Processes and Treasury’s Communications with SolarCity

On June 23, 2014, Covington & Burling (C&B), on behalf of affiliates of SolarCity Corporation (“SolarCity”) filed a motion in the Court of Federal Claims to compel Treasury to produce documents related to the setting of...more

SB 871 Bumps Back Repeal of Solar Energy Exclusion by Eight Years

Solar Energy Systems Will Continue to Be Excluded from Full Cash Value of Real Property - A new law extending the exclusion of solar energy systems from affecting the full cash value of real property for taxation...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

Italian Government Cuts Incentives for Photovoltaic Plants

The final wording is not yet official, and there may still be some last minute changes before its publication in the Official Gazette, but the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Finance felt certain...more

IRS Creates Narrow Distributed Generation Wind Opportunity for REITs

The IRS has opened the door a crack for real estate investment trusts (REITs) to be the lessors of wind projects. To qualify as a REIT, a corporation must satisfy a series of complicated tests that require the...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

Weekly Update from the SC State House - May 2014: The House joined the Senate for a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect a number...

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House worked through the Calendar this week, joining the Senate for a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect a number of judges. Tuesday, the House cleared some of their...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2014

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Department of...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 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California regulators side with solar - Green Building Advisor - Apr 23: Hundreds of battery-backed PV installations that have been delayed by red tape and extra fees should be connected to the...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

South Carolina Legislative Update

House votes to OK solar; energy supporters call vote historic, S. 1189 - South Carolina took what is considered a historic step this week to change the state’s longtime resistance to solar power. The state House of...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: California’s net zero energy building to reshape U.S. construction industry - Alternative Energy News - Apr 15: California’s recent revisions to Title 24 put in place ambitious performance...more

Proposed Regulations Address REIT Investments in Solar Facilities

The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently issued proposed regulations that may facilitate using real estate investment trusts (REITs) as vehicles for financing certain renewable energy...more

Solar Energy on the Rise

As our calendar clicks along with Summer fast approaching, soon we will be seeking respite from the blazing sun and likely our 100+ degree sweltering days. Yet, with each passing year, the sun, more specifically solar energy,...more

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $1 Billion Commitment to Long-Term Funding of Solar Energy in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on April 24, 2014, a nearly $1 billion commitment to further expand the state’s solar energy industry by providing long-term funding certainty with the goal of boosting existing...more

President Obama Announces Solar Commitments

On May 9, 2014, President Obama announced new executive actions that aim to create jobs and cut carbon pollution through the expanded use of solar power. As part of these initiatives, the President has made a commitment to...more

CPUC Clears the Way for Solar Battery Systems

Now that solar panels have popped up on roofs across California, one of the next challenges for unlocking their potential and integrating the energy that they produce into the grid is the development of batteries that can...more

Proposed Rules Would Offer REIT Status to Certain Solar Assets

The modified “flow-through” tax treatment afforded to REITs depends on the entity’s ability to meet certain asset and income-based tests, all of which in turn key off of the definition of “real estate.” ...more

Let the Market Decide: The Third Wave of Energy Investment in Latin America and Caribbean

I recently moderated an ABA/ACORE webinar focused on cross-border renewable energy development in Latin America and the Caribbean. To introduce the topic, I recounted a recent experience at an on-the-record dinner hosted by...more

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