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Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines - Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March - Utility Dive - Apr 10 - Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Renewables and efficiency are eating away at America’s fossil fuel demand - Greentech Media - Apr 10 - America's energy transition is no longer theoretical. Wind and solar are...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Stanford researchers recommend changes to U.S. solar policies, encourage collaboration with China - Renewable Energy World - Apr 4 - The rapidly expanding solar energy industry could...more

Wind PTC Increased from 2.3 Cents to 2.4 Cents per KwH

On April 11, the IRS announced an inflation adjustment increase in the production tax credit (“PTC”) for power sold in 2017 that is generated by wind, closed-loop biomass, geothermal projects to 2.4 cents from the prior 2.3...more

Romanian Legal Update: Changes to the Green Certificates Support Scheme

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Romanian Government has brought significant changes to the green certificates support scheme (the “GC Scheme”) in an effort to balance the interests of electricity producers from renewable sources (“E-RES Producers”) and...more

State aid: the former French financial support mechanism for solar radiative energy at risk

by White & Case LLP on

By an order dated 15 March 20171, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rules on the compatibility with the European State aid rules of the Ministerial Orders of 10 July 2006 and of 12 January 2010 setting out the feed-in...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California is shattering solar records. This bill could take renewable energy to the next level. The Desert Sun - Mar 27 - With the costs of solar continuing to fall, and wind...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

Infocast’s Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit Soundbites

Below are soundbites from speakers and panelists who spoke at Infocast’s Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit on March 22 and 23 in San Diego. It was Infocast’s best attended event ever, and the mood was relatively...more

Renewable Energy: The State of Play in 2017

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The renewable energy sector ended 2016 and began 2017 under assault. Nevada and other states rolled back net metering laws. Fishing interests brought a lawsuit to block an offshore wind lease and upend BOEM’s offshore wind...more

Solar in the Frost: What to Watch Out For

As solar technology continues to become more efficient, construction of solar plants is expanding rapidly around the world, including in colder environments that, in the past, may have lacked the irradiance necessary to make...more

Results from California’s First Community Solar RFO

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The first round of procurement under California’s community solar program is nearly complete, and the early results suggest that no power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) will be awarded....more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Eskom's coal-fired power struggle - Eskom’s closure of five old coal-fired power stations over the next 10 years, at a loss of about 30 000 direct and indirect jobs, was foreseen more than a decade ago....more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E expands renewables portfolio - Solar Industry Magazine - Mar 16 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has announced that 69.3% of the electricity delivered to its customers...more

Oregon selects 15 solar projects for development under Solar Development Incentive program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

At least 116 megawatts of new solar energy development will soon be underway in Oregon, supported by the state’s Solar Development Incentive (SDI) program....more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Can California go 100 percent green? - Scientific American - Mar 13 - Environmentalists are cheering California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León's (D) plan to double, and...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Sky is the limit for opportunities in renewable energy market - The global solar industry is a fascinating sector. For a technology that is essentially fairly...more

Maine net energy billing rules, 2017 revision

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On January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission adopted revisions to its rule chapter 313, governing net energy billing. Net metering, or net energy billing, is the metering and billing mechanism that Maine and...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar market has record-breaking year - Greentech Media - Mar 9 - The U.S. solar market had its biggest year ever in 2016, nearly doubling its previous record and adding more...more

A better future for the Italian solar market

by DLA Piper on

The rules for the management of the maintenance and technological renovation interventions on photovoltaic plants incentivized under the energy accounts (conti energia) have been published by the Gestore dei Servizi...more

CAISO Expects It May Need to Curtail Up to 8,000 MW This Spring and Up to 13,000 MW By 2024, Which Could Test Curtailment Risk...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

At the most recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) held on February 16, 2017, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CAISO reported that because of the...more

Amendments to Japan's Renewable Energy Act

by Jones Day on

On April 1, 2017, substantial portions of the Amendments ("Amendments") to The Act on Special Measures Concerning the Procurement of Renewable Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities (the "Act") will become effective. These...more

Electric Utility and Solar Advocates in Arizona Reach Compromise Rate Settlement for Rooftop Solar

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) and solar industry representatives and advocates have reached a settlement on rooftop solar compensation and rate design, following years of heated policy debate. The settlement, which...more

“PACE” for Residential and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects – What is it?

“PACE” – Is it the new buzzword? Lately, it seems I keep hearing about securitizations backed by PACE financings. What is a PACE financing program, and what is happening in the securitization market?...more

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