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USDA Looks Back On Growth Of Bio-Based Economy And Renewable Energy

On October 4, 2016, Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development, posted a blog item “The Bio-Based Economy and Renewable Energy: USDA’s Record of Success,” reviewing the history...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Reaction mixed on proposed California solar-wind resource adequacy scheme - Renewable Energy World - Oct 12 - The power and energy regulatory environment is in a high state of...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - San Francisco’s Treasure Island project wins top green rating - Commercial Property Executive - Oct 14 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED-ND...more

Environmental Case Law Update

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” Many important environmental and administrative law decisions were reported by the federal and state courts over the past six months. The courts are dealing with very...more

Xcel Wins Approval to Transform Minnesota Generation Fleet

On October 13, 2016, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy’s dramatic proposal to shift away from coal generation toward renewable energy. In authorizing the company’s 2016-2030 Integrated Resource...more

Arizona Corporation Commission Takes a Step Closer to Determining the Value of Distributed Generation for Arizona

On October 7, 2016, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Hearing Division issued a Recommended Opinion and Order (“ROO”) in the Commission’s Investigation of the Value and Cost of Distributed Generation docket (Docket No....more

What a Surprise! Increased Renewal Energy Decreases GHG Emissions.

On October 12, 2016, the Energy Information Administration reported that “Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991.” The EIA gave three reasons for the drop in CO2 emissions. ...more

U.S. Department of Energy Announces 16 New Innovative Projects in Energy Storage and Conversion

On September 13 the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $37 million in funding for 16 new projects as part of its new program called Integration and Optimization of Novel...more

Some Real Numbers About Transitioning a Coal Plant to a Solar Farm

Power density was on display yesterday in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Virtually anyway. There was a groundbreaking for a 5.8 MW solar farm. This is wonderful news. The old, inefficient, environmentally challenged, coal-fired...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - Power companies join EIM to save money, integrate renewables - Solar Industry Magazine - Oct 4 - After months of intensive testing, Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service (APS) and...more

Electric energy storage: preparing for the revolution

Electric energy storage is on the cusp of a commercial breakthrough. Are markets and regulators ready? Until now, there have been only a few, comparatively costly ways to temporarily store large quantities of electric...more

The Future of Electricity Markets? Corporations Directly Buying Renewable Power

An increasing number of corporations are directly buying from (or building) clean electricity sources. For decades most Fortune 1000 companies did little more than seek to manage costs as they bought electricity and fuel....more

EDGE Advisory: Focus on Corporate Renewables

Corporate renewable energy purchasing is one of the hottest topics in clean energy. Plummeting prices for wind and solar, an opportunity to reduce exposure to energy price volatility and requirements under voluntary climate...more

Southern California Edison to bring 125 MW of clean energy resources to Orange County

Around the country clean energy resources, energy efficiency and demand response are quickly being adopted alongside more traditional resources. Southern California Edison (“SCE”) recently contracted for an assortment of...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - California ramps up energy storage plans with enactment of four new bills - Renewable Energy World - Sep 28 - California Governor Jerry Brown on September 27 signed four new bills...more

The Unwind: ‘I Don’t Want It’

In the inaugural column of ‘‘Power and Taxes,’’ we discussed the tensions surrounding the requirement that an investor be an owner when a project is placed in service in order to qualify for the investment tax credit under...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - California school district to save millions - Solar Industry Magazine - Sep 29 - The Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) in California and SunPower Corp. have announced...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2016

Leaders in the News: EnerNOC - This month we’d like to highlight EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS) that supports decision-making around energy costs and sustainability issues. EnerNOC...more

Public-Private Partnerships Can Power the Green Economy

At the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton expressed a desire for the United States to become the “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Donald Trump responded that he, too, believes in all forms of energy, but...more

Clean Power Plan has its day in court - Will the D.C. Circuit uphold EPA’s landmark CO2 regulations?

In a marathon day-long session before a packed courtroom (and a number of overflow rooms) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard oral arguments in a litigation challenging the...more

Solar Project Financing [Video]

Darin Lowder discusses emerging financing and development trends in utility-scale solar projects. Mr. Lowder—a partner in Ballard Spahr's Energy and Project Finance Group—handles commercial and residential alternative energy...more

New York’s New Renewable Energy Standard

Last week’s article discussed New York’s Zero-Emissions Credit (ZEC) for nuclear power. The ZEC is one component of New York’s Clean Energy Standard (CES). The other major component of the CES is the new Renewable Energy...more

Ontario Suspends Large Renewable Procurement Program

In our August 2016 Blakes Bulletin: September Deadline: Last Chance to Participate in Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program, we reported that Ontario was moving ahead with the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) portion...more

SunEdison: A Cautionary Tale?

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein recently approved SunEdison’s proposed sale of $144 million of solar and wind assets to NRG Energy. The sale continues SunEd’s string of dispositions this year following its April...more

RGGI Is a Success Story. When Will It Be Obsolete?

When RGGI was first implemented, I heard Ian Bowles, then Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, say more than once that the purpose of RGGI wasn’t really to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or jump...more

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