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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

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

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