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Indonesia’s MEMR Regulation 12: A Step Forward or a Step Back?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Despite a significant renewable energy potential, Indonesia currently only produces six percent of its electricity from renewable energy.  The Indonesian government is targeting increasing this to 23 percent by 2025.  Many...more

Maryland Takes Key Step for Offshore Wind

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 11, the Maryland Public Services Commission (PSC) issued $1.9 billion in Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) to two prospective offshore wind developers, effectively ensuring a market for any electricity...more

Wind in the Sails of Offshore Wind Farms: Recent Developments in Incentives for Offshore Wind Generation

On May 11, 2017, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced the Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act or, simply, the Offshore WIND Act (here). The Offshore WIND Act would...more

Takeaways From The May EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook (“STEO”) yesterday for the month of May – Here are a few of the main takeaways from the May STEO forecasts: Crude Oil – the...more

Massachusetts Electric Companies and DOER Propose RFP for Offshore Wind Clean Energy Projects

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On April 28, 2017, the Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution companies (Distribution Companies), in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) (together, the Soliciting Parties),...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our April edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. To learn about MIT’s latest...more

Oklahoma State PTC Ends for Wind Projects Not Operating Prior to July 1, 2017

On April 17, 2017, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law House Bill No. 2298, which moves the deadline for a wind project to be operational to qualify for the state’s production tax credit for wind power to June 30,...more

BLM Directed to “Try Again” on NEPA Analysis for Echanis Wind’s Transmission Line: Greater Sage-Grouse Remains Key Issue for...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In the continuing saga of the Echanis wind project in Eastern Oregon, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman on April 18 vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM)’s Record of Decision (ROD) on a right-of-way grant...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

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

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