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Florida’s Solar Conundrum

Despite ranking third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, the "Sunshine State" is 13th in cumulative solar capacity installed (dreary New Jersey is 3rd). This is the result of a state without a renewable energy...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus: Carbon Emissions Stop Rising for First Time in 40 Years - Renewable Energy World - Mar 16: Global emissions were unchanged last year. This was the first time in four decades that emissions...more

Indiana Board of Tax Review: Solar Electric Generating Facilities Should be Assessed as Utilities for Property Tax Purposes

On February 14, 2015, the Indiana Board of Tax Review in eight appeals by the owners of four solar electric generating facilities ruled for the 2013 and 2014 tax years that the solar companies should be centrally assessed by...more

NNI Publishes Supplement to President's 2016 Budget

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published on March 11, 2015, its supplement to the President’s 2016 budget submitted to Congress. NNI states that the supplement serves as the NNI annual report....more

More solar faster, predicts New England grid operator

New England will likely see even more solar photovoltaic energy projects over the next decade than was previously projected, according to the latest draft forecast by the operator of New England's electric grid. ...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: California renewable energy zone plan gets revamp after criticism - Reuters - Mar 13: An ambitious plan to put California's renewable energy projects in areas where the environment will face the...more

Public Hearing on Renewable Energy Siting

The Senate and House Natural Resources and Energy Committees will be holding a joint hearing on renewable energy siting, with a focus on solar energy, on Tuesday, March 24th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Room 11 at the Vermont State...more

A New Front Opens up in the Arizona Solar Battle

On March 2, 2015, SolarCity Corporation (“SolarCity”) filed suit in the federal District Court for the District of Arizona against the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (“SRP”) alleging that SRP...more

U.S. Advanced Energy Market Surpasses Airline Industry, Rivals Pharmaceuticals

In their recently released 2015 Market Report, Advanced Energy Economy reveals that the US advanced energy market grew to $200 billion in 2014, an increase of 13% above the total for 2013. This activity positions the U.S....more

A Bright Outlook for Solar Energy in South Carolina

South Carolina’s major utilities recently submitted their proposed distributed energy resource programs to the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval. The proposals come in the wake of the South Carolina...more

Solar Sukuk Lights the Way to Alternative Funding Sources: Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia Working Together

SGI-Mitabu, a joint venture of two Australian solar companies, The Solar Guys International and Mitabu Australia, has revived its plans to fund its Indonesian 250 megawatt solar project with Islamic compliant funding. The...more

Community Solar - A New Path in Illinois

This week, the Chicago Tribune reports that the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) filed a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to require Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd)...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: California to spend $20 million on building part of 'hydrogen highway' - Los Angeles Times - Feb 22: The California Energy Commission is spending $20 million to build nearly half...more

Nevada Power to Issue RFP for Additional Electric Capacity

Nevada law mandates that Nevada Power Company (“Nevada Power”) retires and replaces its coal-fired generation through an emissions reduction and capacity replacement plan (“ERCR Plan”). On May 1, 2014, Nevada Power filed its...more

The decree to cut electricity bills and other rules concerning the Italian electricity sector

The Italian government adopted the law decree in reference, in answer to the dramatic increase of the general financial burdens of the Italian electricity system, mainly deriving from the combined effects of still growing...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus: Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects - Bloomberg - Feb 18: Citigroup Inc. plans to lend, invest, and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects that...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: Dianne Feinstein pushes California desert protection: The Desert Sun - Feb 10: The political landscape has changed, with Republicans now controlling both the House and Senate, but Democratic...more

Apple makes California solar deal

Electronics manufacturer Apple has announced an $848 million deal to buy electricity from a solar energy project to be developed in California. Project developer First Solar has described the power purchase agreement as "the...more

Shepherding Solar’s Future: Economic sustainability is the key to ‘smart growth’

The buzz about solar keeps on growing thanks to a steady stream of media reports about the industry’s growth potential. The latest examples, to name just a few, include Duke Energy's $500 million solar expansion; solar on...more

Analysis: Early closure of the ROCs regime ruled lawful

The Government’s decision to close the Renewables Obligations Certificates (ROC) subsidy scheme for larger solar PV installations (above 5MW) two years early, and the grace periods introduced to mitigate the effects of the...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: Obama budget aims to make solar and wind incentives permanent - PV Magazine - Feb 2: President Obama just unveiled a $3.99 trillion budget for 2016 that asks Congress for a permanent...more

Arizona Corporation Commission Offers Clues to Renewables Development in Recent APS Order

Each public service corporation serving retail electric load in Arizona files for review and approval with the Arizona Corporation Commission (Commission) a plan that describes how it intends to comply with Renewable Energy...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - 280-megawatt Mojave solar power plant celebrates grand opening: PennEnergy - Jan 26: Abengoa Yield, the sustainable total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted assets...more

Bright Days for Large Scale Solar Operators; Sunstroke for the Smaller Players: Latest News on CfDs

National Grid has made its decisions as to eligibility for participation in the first Contracts for Difference auction but the auction process itself has been delayed as some applicants have asked Ofgem to review National...more

2014: natural gas, wind, solar led new projects

Natural gas, wind, and solar power projects dominated the rankings of new U.S. electric generation placed in service in 2014. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff's December 2014 Energy...more

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