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Renewable Energy Update - March 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: California to spend $20 million on building part of 'hydrogen highway' - Los Angeles Times - Feb 22: The California Energy Commission is spending $20 million to build nearly half...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus: Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects - Bloomberg - Feb 18: Citigroup Inc. plans to lend, invest, and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects that...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: Dianne Feinstein pushes California desert protection: The Desert Sun - Feb 10: The political landscape has changed, with Republicans now controlling both the House and Senate, but Democratic...more

Apple makes California solar deal

Electronics manufacturer Apple has announced an $848 million deal to buy electricity from a solar energy project to be developed in California. Project developer First Solar has described the power purchase agreement as "the...more

Shepherding Solar’s Future: Economic sustainability is the key to ‘smart growth’

The buzz about solar keeps on growing thanks to a steady stream of media reports about the industry’s growth potential. The latest examples, to name just a few, include Duke Energy's $500 million solar expansion; solar on...more

Analysis: Early closure of the ROCs regime ruled lawful

The Government’s decision to close the Renewables Obligations Certificates (ROC) subsidy scheme for larger solar PV installations (above 5MW) two years early, and the grace periods introduced to mitigate the effects of the...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: Obama budget aims to make solar and wind incentives permanent - PV Magazine - Feb 2: President Obama just unveiled a $3.99 trillion budget for 2016 that asks Congress for a permanent...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - 280-megawatt Mojave solar power plant celebrates grand opening: PennEnergy - Jan 26: Abengoa Yield, the sustainable total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted assets...more

Bright Days for Large Scale Solar Operators; Sunstroke for the Smaller Players: Latest News on CfDs

National Grid has made its decisions as to eligibility for participation in the first Contracts for Difference auction but the auction process itself has been delayed as some applicants have asked Ofgem to review National...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California Governor Brown calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030 - Greentech Media - Jan 5: California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: Solar sector created more jobs in 2014 than oil and gas extraction industry - The solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the national average last year, according...more

Production Tax Credit Extended for Renewable Projects Beginning Construction in 2014

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771). H.R. 5771 includes a retroactive one-year extension of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax credit...more

Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Forecast: Partly Sunny with a Chance of Rain

Within days of its open on December 12, 2014, Xcel Energy’s Minnesota Community Solar Garden (CSG) Program had well over 300 MW worth of CSG applications submitted and by this writing nearly 430 MW. The rush of significant...more

California Energy Legislation Year in Review 2014

INTRODUCTION - In his January 2015 inaugural address, California Governor Brown called for an ambitious expansion of the State’s renewable energy goals to 50% by 2030, a policy direction that may drive the State’s...more

Topaz Solar becomes largest solar power project

A recent expansion has made a California solar energy project the world’s largest solar facility. Built in three phases, MidAmerican Renewables LLC’s Topaz Solar project in San Luis Obispo County now sports 550 MW total...more

Energy Storage Update: 2014 California Storage RFO

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analyzed the investment...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: U.S. solar consolidation seen before tax credit expires: Huffington Post - Nov 21: The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod in...more

"Let There Be Light” Part 2 of 2 Part Series

There are numerous other examples of religious institutions which have made green energy part of their mission. Utility companies across the U.S. are embracing solar energy. Savvy investors like Warren Buffet see the...more

Shifting focus for the solar PV market

Ground mounted stand-alone solar PV "farms" have been tremendously successful. Solar PV generally has out-paced the "slow and steady" deployment that incentive levels agreed in the last RO banding review were intended to...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar consolidation seen before tax credit expires: Bloomberg - Oct 20: Acquisitions in the solar industry will accelerate as manufacturers and developers prepare for the expiration of a...more

Continued boom or bust for Japanese renewables?

When Japan instituted the Renewable Energy Act (REA) in 2012, the stated policy was to encourage the development of renewable energy but to avoid the “boom and bust” cycles seen in other countries. Looking back, there is no...more

Mexican Renewables - Set for a Boom; Waiting for Guidance

The sunset date for the 30% ITC is coming into view for developers of U.S. solar projects. The U.S. domestic solar market is also becoming increasingly competitive. The PTC for wind has already expired except for projects...more

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

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

Value of distributed solar energy

What is the value of distributed solar photovoltaic electric generation? An investigation by the Maine Public Utilities Commission into this question is ongoing, and will culminate in a report to the state legislature this...more

Southern California Edison Seeking Small Scale Solar PPAs

Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced a Request for Offers (RFO) seeking proposals for 63 MW of solar generation, with proposed projects being between 500 kW and 10 MW each. While SCE has made known its preference...more

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