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Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection Agency - Government Accountability Office -...more

Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report: Key Trends Emerging from 2013

We saw some key trends emerging and we are proud to be part of the Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report, released last week. The report highlights trends on the rise and provides a comprehensive glance back at 2013....more

Minnesota Legislature Looks to Jump Start Renewable Energy Exports

The Minnesota State Legislature is currently debating a bill that would ease the regulatory burden on independent power producers looking to export wind and solar energy generated in Minnesota....more

2013 in Renewable Energy Project Litigation

Renewable energy developers continue to have an excellent track record of defeating project challenges. In December 2012, we summarized nearly 10 years of litigation against renewable energy projects. Between the...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s plan to replace San Onofre nuclear energy: green success or natural gas giveaway?: Green Tech Solar News - Mar 14 -- The California Public Utilities Commission’s long-range plan to...more

CPUC Issues Decision to Protect Solar Customers for 20 Years

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently ruled to protect all existing solar, biogas and wind customers under their current net-energy metering (NEM) contracts for a 20-year grandfathering period. The...more

Minnesota Commission Punts on Resource Decision: Keeps Solar in the Game

After the years of inconclusive resource planning, months of contested case proceedings, and days of oral argument, discussion and review that led to today’s deliberations, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission...more

Fake Punt! Minnesota Commission Immediately Reevaluates Motion and Advances Solar Plus One (or more) Gas Plants

In a follow up to our prior post, we now report that the Minnesota Commission subsequently modified its initial decision to clarify that Xcel Energy is directed to negotiate a power purchase agreement with the solar bidder,...more

Project Perspectives - Winter 2014 Edition

In this edition: - Oil and Gas Industry Discussion - The False Claims Act: The Government’s Sword in Cash Grant Audits - Is a 50 Percent Renewables Portfolio Standard in California’s Future? -...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - New DOE loan guarantee program: Green Tech Solar News - Feb 27: The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan...more

United States Solar – The Shift from Utility Scale to Distributed Generation

In the first half of this decade, solar developers in the United States were largely focused on utility scale projects. “Mega-projects,” such as SunPower’s approximately 580 MW Solar Star projects, First Solar’s 550 MW Topaz...more

Xcel Announces RFP for 150 MW of Solar

Solar project developers and investors should mark their calendars for April 15, 2014, when Xcel Energy plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 150 MW of solar generation. ...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Court of Appeals upholds determination: Reuters - Mar 14 - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to a determination by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...more

Obama’s Plan to Ax the Solar Investment Tax Credit

In President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, he said: “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced. Let’s continue that...more

Solar Installer Alert: ITA Delays Trade Case Decision on Chinese Solar Modules | ITC's U.S. Solar Industry Injury Investigation...

The U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA) has postponed its countervailing duty determination by about two months, leaving the solar industry hanging for a while longer....more

NV Energy Wants More Solar

NV Energy is in the market for solar. On March 10, 2014, the utility issued a Request for Information (“Solar Site RFI”), asking developers to help identify potential sites for solar projects that would be 20 MW AC or greater...more

Value of Solar Goes Live in Minnesota

On Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the methodology for calculating value of solar (VOS) tariffs in Minnesota as developed by the Department of Commerce. According to the statute, the...more

Solar, geothermal led new US capacity in January 2014

Solar and geothermal resources led the new utility-scale electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. in January 2014, according to a report by the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In all, the report...more

Executory Forward SREC Contracts - What Exactly Does This Mean?

What happens to the payment for a solar renewable energy credit (SREC) when the payor closes its doors? Maryland citizens are finding out the hard way. The promises made to some of them are turning up empty....more

Renewable Energy Update -- March 4, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - With $6.5 billion loan, nuclear energy gets new life in U.S. -- SustainableBusiness.com - Feb 24: Although Republicans lambasted Department of Energy (DOE) programs that support renewable energy...more

DOI Secretary Jewell Announces Two Utility-Scale Solar Projects in California and Nevada

Secretary Jewell, of the Department of Interior, announced approval of two utility-scale solar projects located on the California-Nevada border. The Stateline Solar Project will be located in the Mojave Desert in San...more

Xcel Announces 150 MW Solar RFP

This morning, Xcel Energy announced plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 150 MW of solar energy generation. Xcel included its RFP plans in a filing submitted to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission...more

SREC II Carves Out More Room for Community Solar

The Massachusetts DOER has released its revised regulations amending the State’s RPS to implement the next phase of support for solar in the Commonwealth....more

Initial Rate for Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Set (Almost)

After a full day of hearing arguments on Xcel’s proposed Community Solar Garden (CSG) program (see more on that here), the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission deliberated in public on the issue yesterday and made some...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Issues Preliminary Determination of Injury to US Solar Cell Industry from Imports of Certain...

By a vote on February 14, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made a preliminary determination of material injury to the U.S. solar cell manufacturing industry due to low-priced Crystalline Silicon...more

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