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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

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Least-cost base case essential starting point for IRP process – SAWEA - The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has rejected the current base case scenario used for the 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2016)...more

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev sets global renewable electricity goal by 2025

by PretiFlaherty on

World’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev SA – parent to brands including Budweiser, Corona, Rolling Rock, Michelob, and Stella Artois – has committed to sourcing its electricity entirely from renewable sources by 2025. The...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

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

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

Wind Powers Texas. What Does That Say About the Future of Coal?

According to Bloomberg BNA (subscription required), last week, for the first time ever, more than 50% of the load in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas service area was supplied by wind power. This is the state that...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

Developers Submit Unsolicited Requests for Wind Leases Offshore Massachusetts and New York

by K&L Gates LLP on

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) posted four unsolicited applications for wind project leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. PNE Wind U.S.A., Inc. has filed three...more

Oklahoma House Votes for Early Sunset of State Wind PTC

On March 9, 2017, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed H.B. 2298, which would end the Oklahoma production tax credit for wind energy production three and a half years earlier than current law. This measure was first...more

Fish and Wildlife Service Approves New 30-Year Eagle Act Rule

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has formally approved the long-awaited, 30-year eagle take rule, which will allow renewable energy companies and other developers of large projects to obtain a 30-year permit (as opposed to...more

Offshore Wind Farms in Japan

by Hogan Lovells on

With the world's 6th largest sea space, Japan's long-term potential for offshore wind energy is estimated by the Japan Wind Power Association to be approximately 600GW. Actual investment in offshore wind projects, however,...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar generation hits new record high on California ISO grid - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 28 - On Feb. 24, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) reported a new...more

Oklahoma Gov. Proposes New Tax on Wind, Early End to Wind Tax Credits

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin (R) recently released her proposed 2018 Executive Budget, which includes two new anti-wind tax proposals. The first proposal would end the zero-emission tax credit for wind facilities placed in...more

Infocast Wind Power & Finance Investment Summit Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panelists at the Infocast Wind Power & Finance Investment Summit on February 28, 2017 in Rancho Bernardo, California.  The soundbites are organized by topic, rather than in chronological order, and...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

NERSA caps Eskom tariff hike at 2.2% - The National Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA) said on Thursday Eskom’s tariff increase for 2017-18 would be limited to 2.2% when the new prices come into effect on 1 April....more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California Senate leader puts 100% renewable energy on the table in new legislation - Los Angeles Times - Feb 21 - Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is proposing...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms - Reuters - Feb 15 - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will...more

Wind Power Overtakes Coal in Europe

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Last year, 86 % of the 24.5 GW of new generating capacity installed in the EU came from renewable energy sources, specifically from wind, solar, biomass and hydro, breaking the previous record of 79% in 2014. This new water...more

Wind Power Is Now the Largest Installed Renewable: 82,000 MW And Counting

According to the American Wind Energy Association blog, installed wind capacity in the United States has reached 82,000 MW. That puts it past the 80,000 MW of installed hydropower capacity and makes wind the largest...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa Eskom sticks on price for renewables The standoff between the Department of Energy and power utility Eskom looks set to continue for a while, with both sides digging in on...more

Wyoming: Partying Like It’s 1899

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Wyoming has one of the nation’s best wind resources. But if a contingent of state senators and representatives there have their way, electric utilities located in the state will be slapped on the wrist for using it (or other...more

The Trump Energy Agenda - The Early Days of President Trump and Secretary of Energy - Designee Rick Perry

What has happened since President Trump was inaugurated? - In one of his first executive actions, President Trump has placed a freeze on new government hires (excepting the military). Based on information from Trump...more

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