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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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables now ‘mainstream’ business for U.S. utilities, says report: PV-Tech - Aug 1: NV Energy, Xcel, PG&E, Sempra, and Edison International have topped a new index ranking investor-owned...more

Congress Moves to Assist Renewable Development on Government Land

Congress recently considered three bills intended to facilitate renewable energy development on federal lands. On July 29, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources considered H.R....more

Energy Innovation in the Northeast Boosts the Solar Market

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey are pioneering some of the nation’s most interesting developments in the retail energy space today that have important implications for the solar...more

Boost for Solar Energy in Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn recently signed into law amendments to The Illinois Power Agency Act aimed at promoting solar power in Illinois. Utilizing deposits in the Illinois Power Agency Renewable Energy Resources Fund, these...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...more

Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles Highlight the Promise of Consumer/Utility Collaboration in Renewable Power...

As we wrote earlier this year, end-use corporate energy consumers large and small are increasingly turning to distributed power generation using solar, wind and other technologies to reduce purchased power costs and price...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: July 2014 #2

During the past several years, Europe has installed about 2,000 offshore turbines (6,500 MW of offshore wind generation capacity), with capacity doubling since 2010. Offshore wind provides almost 1% of total power in Western...more

Energy Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2014

In This Edition: - Leaders in the News - Washington Update - Event Highlights - Innovator Profile - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Leaders in the News: Congratulations to...more

1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 1-3 MW (AC) in order to create a CPAU-branded Community Solar Program. The CPAU has stated that its primary objectives for such...more

SolarCity Discovery Motion Details Treasury’s Cash Grant Processes and Treasury’s Communications with SolarCity

On June 23, 2014, Covington & Burling (C&B), on behalf of affiliates of SolarCity Corporation (“SolarCity”) filed a motion in the Court of Federal Claims to compel Treasury to produce documents related to the setting of...more

SB 871 Bumps Back Repeal of Solar Energy Exclusion by Eight Years

Solar Energy Systems Will Continue to Be Excluded from Full Cash Value of Real Property - A new law extending the exclusion of solar energy systems from affecting the full cash value of real property for taxation...more

Renewable Energy Update -- June 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Warren Buffett plans to double Berkshire Hathaway’s investment in renewable energy: PV Tech - Jun 24: Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. CEO Warren Buffett certainly made his presence felt at the Edison...more

Italian Government Cuts Incentives for Photovoltaic Plants

The final wording is not yet official, and there may still be some last minute changes before its publication in the Official Gazette, but the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Finance felt certain...more

IRS Creates Narrow Distributed Generation Wind Opportunity for REITs

The IRS has opened the door a crack for real estate investment trusts (REITs) to be the lessors of wind projects. To qualify as a REIT, a corporation must satisfy a series of complicated tests that require the...more

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