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Department of Energy Provides Major Funding Opportunities

The start of the new year has brought with it numerous opportunities for energy tech funding from the Department of Energy. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been or are being given out to companies and research...more

Solar Installation Boom Expected to Continue in 2016

In a press release last week, the analytics firm IHS predicted that the solar installation boom will continue in the United States in 2016 following the extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) last December. ...more

2015 U.S. electric generation additions

Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a report describing the portfolio of new or expanded electric power generation capacity built in the U.S. in 2015. FERC's Office of Energy Projects releases...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E launches program to let all customers go 100 percent solar - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 3 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has officially launched its previously...more

What Must Be Done for Wind and Solar Projects to Have “Begun Construction” under the New PTC and ITC?

With the recent extension of the federal income tax credits available for renewable energy projects, practitioners and industry participants have raised questions as to how the “begun construction” rules will apply under...more

Thirty States and Numerous Other Interested Parties Seek an Immediate Supreme Court Stay of the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

On January 26, 2016, 29 states and state agencies, including Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and Mississippi (the “29 States”), submitted an application (the “29 States Application”) to the United States...more

RECENT LEGISLATIVE CHANGES IN VICTORIA HELPS PAVE THE WAY FOR GROWTH IN SOLAR DISTRIBUTED GENERATION

Recent legislative changes in Victoria have given impetus to the debate about rooftop solar and the extent to which householders and businesses can access the benefits of this plentiful source of renewable energy. These...more

E2Tech solar forum 2016

Today the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, better known as E2Tech, held its E2Tech forum on solar energy. A panel of solar policy experts shared their perspectives on the issues facing Maine. ...more

Energy Bill the Focus of Congressional Debate

Congress has spent a significant chunk of the new year focused on a bipartisan energy bill, which, if passed, would be the first broad bipartisan energy package in nearly ten years. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015...more

Kansas Tax Authority Confirms Only a Utility may Sell Power in Kansas

In its first opinion letter of the year, the Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) confirmed that under Kansas law only a utility can sell power to a residential customer. The text of the letter references the request as being...more

Here Comes the Sun: New CPUC Tariff Preserves Most Benefits for Rooftop Solar

On January 28, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted in a 3-2 decision to approve a new tariff that preserves net energy metering (successor tariff). In retaining net metering, the successor tariff...more

North Carolina Considers Additional Statewide Permitting Requirement for Solar Farms

North Carolina has been a hotbed of activity for residential and utility scale solar developers. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, the Tar Heel State ranks fourth in the country in terms of installed solar...more

California Net Metering Ruling; Installations Greater than 1 MW Now Eligible

In a closely watched hearing, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 3-to-2 in favor of extending net metering in California. Eligible customers owning generation such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will...more

Property Tax on Italian Photovoltaic Plants to Decrease Sharply

There is good news for owners of photovoltaic (PV) plants in Italy. In circular no. 2/E, released on 1 February 2016 (the circular), the Italian Revenue Agency has provided official guidance on new rules enacted by on 28...more

Solar Storm- Net Metering in Nevada

Battles over net energy metering (NEM) policy are currently raging nationwide, and are only expected to intensify in the face of the recent investment tax credit (ITC) extension. NEM, a state statute-based policy incentive...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - The winter weather postponed much congressional and Administrative action on energy, environment, and other issues this week, but the Senate has now officially begun floor debate on the first...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - The Verdict Is In: CPUC Preserves Net Metering In California - Solar Industry - Jan 28 In a 3-2 vote this morning, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its long-awaited...more

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources Practice Group and the Public Policy and Law Practice Group of K&L Gates. This...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Utilities push a solar pricing proposal they say is fairer for non-solar users - Los Angeles Times - Jan 20 - Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas &...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016 #2

Energy and Climate Debate - As Washington prepares for snow, energy issues continue to heat up in the second session of the 114th Congress. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK),...more

Winds of Change for Alternative Energy Tax Incentives in 2016

Congress has some unfinished business on alternative energy policy, which may provide unusual legislative opportunities in an election year. While tax credits for wind and solar power received long-term extensions in the...more

DEWA releases RfP for 800MW solar IPP

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has invited pre-qualified bidders to submit proposals for Phase 3 of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park (the Solar Park Scheme). The Solar Park Scheme is central to...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Clean Energy Got a Record $330 Billion in Investment Last Year - Fortune - Jan 14 Despite the plunge in oil prices, investors and governments around the world put $330 billion into clean...more

Maine utility requests net metering review

Maine transmission and distribution company Central Maine Power Company has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to review whether the state's net metering program should continue or be modified. Maine allows...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016

Energy and Climate Debate - Following weeks of intense negotiations, Congress approved the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations and $680 billion tax extenders package (H.R. 2029), which includes a long-term extension and...more

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