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Cash Grant Sequester Rate Increased From 7.2 to 7.3 Percent for Fiscal Year 2015

The Department of the Treasury has announced that for fiscal year 2015 the Cash Grant sequester rate will be increased from 7.2 to 7.3 percent. The announcement is available below. The change applies to Cash Grants paid on...more

Interior Announces New Proposal for Renewable Energy Development on Public Lands

Last week, the U.S. Department of Interior released its new proposal for development of solar and wind resources on public lands. The proposal, referred to as the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DREC), focuses on...more

California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Aims to Provide Certainty for Renewable Developers: Draft Released

On September 23, 2014, the U.S Department of Interior and the State of California released a draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (“DRECP”), which covers over 22 million acres in Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles,...more

New Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Cities and Counties Must Enact New Solar Permitting Ordinances by Sept. 30, 2015 - A new law imposes requirements on cities and counties regarding permitting for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. Under AB...more

California’s New Streamlined #Solar Permitting Law Goes into Effect

Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2188, which is designed to streamline the permitting process for small rooftop solar systems. The new law seeks to give California’s Million Solar Roofs target a...more

Renewable Energy Update -- September 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - New solar plant nears approval in California desert: SFGate.com - Sep 15: Despite serious environmental concerns, the California Energy Commission has given a preliminary green light to a...more

New generation in 2014 mostly gas, solar, wind

Most new power plants placed in service in the first half of 2014 are powered by natural gas, with new solar and wind capacity coming in second and third, respectively, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration....more

Minnesota Community Solar Garden Program Approved, Set to Open

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission today issued its long-awaited Order approving (with modifications) Xcel Energy’s Community Solar Garden (CSG) Program - Solar Rewards*Community. The Order starts the clock for the...more

Renewable Energy Update -- September 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Blue and red states going green on energy policy: USA Today - Sep 11: Politically "red" and "blue" states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to...more

Renewable Energy Update -- September 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Communities going into power business to cut cost, carbon footprint: Los Angeles Times - Aug 1: Sonoma County is at the forefront among eco-minded communities plunging into the power business...more

New York’s Plan for a Self-Sustaining Solar Industry

Governor Cuomo recently announced that New York’s multiple solar programs are transitioning into the single, statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program. The decision is intended to support the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative and help...more

The UK Solar Gold Rush - Navigating the End of the RO Regime

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analysed the exciting investment...more

El Paso Electric Company Issues 25 MW Solar RFP

The El Paso Electric Company (EPE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking turnkey proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction of two (2) utility-scale solar energy generating facilities, with a...more

Ruling on Discovery Disputes in “SolarCity” Cash Grant Litigation

On August 29, 2014, Judge Bruggink heard oral argument and ruled on plaintiffs’ motion to compel the production of documents and information requested from the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) regarding plaintiffs’...more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Extenders Déjà Vu: Fate of Expired Clean Energy Tax Provisions Closely Tied to Election - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy -...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar plant's downside? Birds igniting in midair: CBS News - Aug 19: Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - Los Angeles' city-owned electric utility raises its energy efficiency ambitions: Energy Collective - Aug 13: The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has...more

Solar Installer Alert: Commerce Dept. Reduces Preliminary Antidumping Duty Rates for Solar Products from Taiwan

The International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“ITA”) on August 18 issued a notice amending its Affirmative Preliminary Determination for antidumping (“AD”) duties against certain crystalline...more

Landmark Massachusetts Net-Metering Bill Goes up in Smoke as Water-Downed Compromise Bill Is Agreed to on Last Day of Legislative...

An eleventh-hour compromise by the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee effectively gutted the highly publicized net metering and solar power bill, which, as proposed, was considered by many including the Solar Energy...more

CHILE – Boom of Nonconventional Renewable Energy Projects in Chile

In recent years and consistently, Chile has experienced a significant increase in the development of power generation projects based on nonconventional renewable energy sources (“NCRE Projects”). In addition to Chile’s...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – A Field of Dreams: Imagining a Solar System in the Back Forty

In April 2014, the Maine legislature passed The Maine Solar Energy Act, finding that solar energy development in Maine would help protect and improve the well-being of its residents, as well as provide greenhouse gas...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance with Respect to 2013 Beginning of Construction Rules for Wind and Other Renewable Projects

The Internal Revenue Service (Service) issued Notice 2014-46 (Notice) on August 8, 2014, to provide further guidance on meeting the beginning of construction requirements for wind and other qualified facilities (biomass,...more

Italian Parliament Approves Final Rules on Changes to Feed-in Tariffs for Photovoltaic Plants

On 7 August 2014, the Italian Parliament approved the conversion into law of Law Decree no. 91 /2014 (the Decree) regarding, amongst other matters, “urgent measures … for the limitation of costs applied to electricity...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables provide 56 percent of new U.S. generating capacity in first half of 2014: Electric Light & Power - Jul 21: Solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of...more

Value-of-Solar is Delayed; Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Move Forward

Last Thursday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“MPUC”) approved Xcel Energy’s first Minnesota-based Community Solar Garden (CSG) program. After Xcel’s initial program filing was rejected by the MPUC in April, Xcel...more

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