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Montana to study customer-generator costs, benefits

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Montana utility regulators are preparing to study the costs and benefits of distributed solar energy projects and other customer-generators. The results could reshape the way net-metered customers are charged for electric...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Can California really hit a 100% renewable energy target? - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jun 9 - California takes pride in its clean energy credentials, but the state may be poised to take...more

Rhode Island Considering Legislation to Streamline Process of Developing Renewable Energy Projects

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering several bills designed to streamline the local permitting process statewide and make it easier and cheaper for developers of renewable energy projects to do business in the...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - California regulators weigh whether the state needs more power plants - Los Angeles Times - Jun 6 - California energy officials are, for the first time, rethinking plans to build...more

Ninth Circuit Nixes Immediate Appeals of Denials of State Action Immunity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Decision from largest judicial circuit establishes majority position that denials of state action immunity are not immediately appealable collateral orders. On June 12, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...more

Nevada Legislature Approves Bills to Encourage Distributed Generation and Community Solar Projects

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Nevada legislature took several actions in the last days of its 2017 legislative session to reopen the state to the development of and investment in distributed generation and community solar projects...more

SEIA’s Finance & Tax Seminar Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panelists at the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Finance & Tax Seminar in New York City. The seminar was held on June 1 and 2, but only comments from the second day are reflected below....more

Updates to Energy Related Bills in the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. June 2, 2017 was the deadline by...more

Suniva/SolarWorld Section 201 Solar Panel Proceeding

On May 23, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("USITC") initiated a proceeding under section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 to determine if imports of crystalline solar photovoltaic ("CSPV") cells and modules are...more

President Trump Announces U.S. Government Pull Back on Paris Agreement While States, Cities, Businesses, and Investors Continue...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week, President Trump made a public decision to take action on the Paris Agreement on climate change. His remarks have no legal effect on their own and do not explain when or what legal action will be taken. As a result,...more

NERC Issues Recommendations on Inverter-related Solar Outages

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Inverter disconnect events increasingly pose a reliability risk with the growth of solar generation. On June 8, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released its report on the loss of 1,200 MW of solar...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2017

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Sustainable Development Focus - Solar array yields environmental and economic rewards - Urban Land - May 26 The 86,900-square-foot Hanover Page Mill office building in the technology-based Stanford Research Park in Palo...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

by Jones Day on

The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

ITC Opens Section 201 Investigation of Imported Solar Cells

On May 23, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) initiated an investigation in response to Suniva Inc.’s recent petition under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974. As noted in our alert earlier this week, Suniva...more

Is Global Oil Oversupply On The Horizon?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The folks ‘in the know’ are predicting at least a “modest” oversupply in global oil markets next year… On June 6, 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook....more

Battery storage - a new frontier

by DLA Piper on

In London on May 18 2017, DLA Piper convened a global gathering of around 150 guests to discuss the opportunities surrounding the emergence of battery storage in the global energy sector, Battery Storage - A New Frontier....more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Medupi Unit 4 synchronised to national grid - In South Africa, Unit 4 of the Medupi Power Station Project in Lephalale, Limpopo, was synchronised to the national...more

Vietnam's New Solar Power Policy

by Jones Day on

Effective June 1, 2017, Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg ("Decision 11"), supports the development of solar power projects to address energy security concerns related to the overreliance on coal fired and hydropower projects....more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Better Buildings Challenge partners save $1.9 billion - Proud Green Building - May 16 - According to a new report, some 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the...more

New Illinois Law Boosts Renewable Energy Project Development

by Bryan Cave on

The Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) today released a draft of the standard form contract to be entered into with developers of new, utility-scale wind and solar projects pursuant to Illinois Public Act 99-0906 (the “Future...more

Call for Tenders: Algeria's Renewable Energy Program Seeks 4,050 MW

by Jones Day on

The Algerian Program for the Development of New Renewable Energies ("Program") aims to produce 22,000 MW for the needs of the national market over a period extending from 2015 to 2035-2040. More than 4,000 MW are intended to...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - SunPower starts project at California Air Force base - Solar Industry Magazine - May 23 - SunPower Corp. has broken ground on a 28-megawatt solar photovoltaic project at Vandenberg Air...more

Energy Infrastructure and its Importance in Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

Consider this simple equation: Energy + Africa = Growth. The World Economic Forum on Africa ("WEFA") took place in Durban, South Africa from 3 to 5 May 2017. One of the key areas of focus that was discussed at WEFA was...more

Nevada Solar Project Survives Ninth Circuit Review Despite Impacts to Tortoise Connectivity

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment decision in favor of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and other federal officials in an...more

Virginia Governor McAuliffe signs 11 Bills Promoting Solar and Renewable

by Williams Mullen on

On Monday May 8, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed 11 bipartisan bills (passed by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year) which promote the use of solar and other renewable energy options and endeavor to...more

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