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Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Five municipalities in Eskom cut-off reprieve - The municipalities have set up payment plans after the national power utility caused an uproar by threatening...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables accounted for majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Jan 11 - Although the concrete statistics for the final months of last year aren't in...more

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

Federal and state government mandates and incentives, combined with technological advances, have dramatically increased renewable energy sources during the past decade. Variable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind...more

Lazard Annual Report Reveals Steady Decline in Costs of Clean Energy Technologies

Financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard recently published its annual report on the costs of electricity generation technologies, finding that the costs for clean energy projects continue to decrease. The tenth...more

Environmental Organizations File Litigation Briefs Supporting New York’s ZEC Program

Two environmental organizations, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), have weighed in to defend the legality of New York State’s Zero Emissions Credit (ZEC) program in ongoing...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar industry tackles financial barriers by merging two key organizations - Greentech Media - Jan 4 - The alphabet soup of solar industry organizations just got a little bit less...more

Revised Eagle “Incidental Take” Permit Regulations Strike a Better Balance

In December 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued new regulations that provide an important mechanism for renewable energy, transmission line and other development projects to obtain eagle “incidental...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business income tax credit in the amount of $0.023 (2015) per kilowatt hour of electricity produced from qualifying renewable resources during a ten-year...more

Farrell Fritz Land Use Blog- 2016 Year in Review

Before we blog our way into 2017, we wanted to take a moment to review the topics that we blogged about in 2016 and to remind our readers that the land use practice group at Farrell Fritz is a diverse group of attorneys,...more

IRS Issues New Guidance on the Beginning of Construction Safe Harbor For Renewable Energy Projects

The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-4 (the “Notice”) which makes two important changes to its “beginning of construction” rules for taxpayers seeking to take advantage of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax...more

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

A Note from the Editors - Our December edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables challenge natural gas plants on price in latest Lazard analysis - Utility Dive - Dec 20 - The latest version of Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE) shows...more

IRS Further Updates Beginning of Construction Guidance for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-04, which updates prior guidance regarding the beginning of construction requirement for renewable energy tax credits under IRC sections 45 and 48. ...more

Are you a fan? New Wind Farm Planning Guidelines announced in NSW!

New Wind Energy Guidelines for state significant wind energy developments provide much needed guidance on the regulation of visual and noise impacts for renewable energy developers....more

Treasury Guidance Clarifies and (Again) Expands Field of Renewable Energy Projects That May Qualify for the PTC or ITC

Notice 2017-04, issued on December 15, 2016, clarifies and expands the beginning of construction and continuity safe harbors applicable to certain alternative energy projects, including wind installations. Like Notice...more

State aid: The European Commission approves support measures for renewable energy in France

On 17 August 2015, the French Parliament enacted the "Law on energy transition and on green growth" in order to bring the French renewable energy support model in line with the Commission's 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for...more

Italian Constitutional Court declares the question of constitutional legitimacy on the “Spalma-Incentivi” Decree ‘groundless’

On December 7, 2016 the Italian Constitutional Court (the “Constitutional Court”) rejected the appeal filed by four solar energy operators against Art. 26, paragraphs 2 and 3 of Italian Law Decree no. 91, dated June 24, 2014,...more

French on-shore wind farm market in 2017: New tariffs structure and other important updates

Speed Read - The French on-shore wind market, one of the most active renewable markets in Europe, will be subject of a new legal framework which aims to allow for a more market driven electricity system in France. Whilst...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - Dept. of Energy kicks off net-zero energy program for educational sector - Construction Dive - Dec 14 - The U.S. Department of Energy launched on December 6 the Better...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Projects

On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2017-04, which provides welcome guidance on how to meet the “beginning of construction” requirements for wind and other qualified facilities. There has been...more

The Department of Energy’s Big Energy Efficiency Plans for Consumer and Commercial Products in 2017

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (“DOE”) has big plans for its Appliance and Equipment Standards program in 2017. Its entries in the recently issued Unified Agenda of Regulatory and...more

Trump Cabinet Selections Signal Potential Changes to Environmental Regulations

As previously reported, President-elect Donald Trump’s victory could have profound implications for federal environmental regulation. Although the scope of the intended regulatory changes remains uncertain, President-elect...more

Amendments to California PACE Financing Statutes Become Effective January, 1 2017

On January 1, 2017, certain amendments to California's current statutory schemes for authorizing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs will become effective. The amendments primarily prescribe additional...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - PG&E approaches 2.4-GW private rooftop solar milestone - SolarServer - Dec 12 - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will soon reach a milestone of 2,409 megawatts of...more

IRS Issues Welcome Guidance on “Continuity Safe Harbor” for Wind Energy Projects

New rules provide wind developers with additional time to satisfy a critical safe harbor. On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-4, which modifies the “continuity safe harbor” as set...more

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