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Energy Storage Update: 2014 California Storage RFO

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 analyzed the investment...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: U.S. solar consolidation seen before tax credit expires: Huffington Post - Nov 21: The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod in...more

"Let There Be Light” Part 2 of 2 Part Series

There are numerous other examples of religious institutions which have made green energy part of their mission. Utility companies across the U.S. are embracing solar energy. Savvy investors like Warren Buffet see the...more

Shifting focus for the solar PV market

Ground mounted stand-alone solar PV "farms" have been tremendously successful. Solar PV generally has out-paced the "slow and steady" deployment that incentive levels agreed in the last RO banding review were intended to...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar consolidation seen before tax credit expires: Bloomberg - Oct 20: Acquisitions in the solar industry will accelerate as manufacturers and developers prepare for the expiration of a...more

Continued boom or bust for Japanese renewables?

When Japan instituted the Renewable Energy Act (REA) in 2012, the stated policy was to encourage the development of renewable energy but to avoid the “boom and bust” cycles seen in other countries. Looking back, there is no...more

Mexican Renewables - Set for a Boom; Waiting for Guidance

The sunset date for the 30% ITC is coming into view for developers of U.S. solar projects. The U.S. domestic solar market is also becoming increasingly competitive. The PTC for wind has already expired except for projects...more

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

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

Value of distributed solar energy

What is the value of distributed solar photovoltaic electric generation? An investigation by the Maine Public Utilities Commission into this question is ongoing, and will culminate in a report to the state legislature this...more

Southern California Edison Seeking Small Scale Solar PPAs

Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced a Request for Offers (RFO) seeking proposals for 63 MW of solar generation, with proposed projects being between 500 kW and 10 MW each. While SCE has made known its preference...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Geothermal power industry lost steam but may be poised for comeback: Los Angeles Times - Oct 19: Geothermal power was once king of California's renewable energy. So many companies were...more

Speeding Construction of Your Company’s ‘Great Wall’: Protecting Green Technology in China with Utility Models

The Economist recently reported on a World Intellectual Property Organization study that the number of Chinese patents filed abroad is rising. China’s patent office was the busiest in the world in 2012. Coupled with this...more

Solar bonds: SolarCity launches first US public debt offering

Could publicly offered solar bonds play a significant role in financing solar photovoltaic projects? Solar energy company SolarCity Corporation appears to think so, as this morning it filed a registration statement...more

Discovery Order Issued in “SolarCity” Cash Grant Litigation — Treasury to Provide Benchmarking Materials

On October 6, 2014, Judge Eric G. Bruggink of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued an order on the disputed production of documents and interrogatory responses requested from the U.S. Department of the Treasury by...more

BLM to Overhaul Solar/Wind Rights-of-Way Regulations

Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a proposed rule that could alter the landscape of future renewable energy development, particularly in the American West, home to much of the country’s prime solar and...more

Joint Committee’s Report on Energy Tax Incentives Misses the Mark on Green Jobs

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) on September 16 published a report analyzing federal energy tax incentives. The report is available below. The report is generally insightful; however, it has a misguided job-creation...more

North Carolina Ranks Third Among U.S. States, First In the East, In Solar Power Installations for 2013

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council reports in its U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013 that North Carolina ranks third among U.S. states in solar power installations in 2013. The 261 megawatts installed, which is how these...more

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

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

Renewable Energy Update -- October 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - DOE study finds U.S. wind power industry competitive on a global scale: REVE - Sep 20: The Global Wind Network recently completed an Energy Department (DOE) funded study that took a critical...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

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

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