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Latest Renewal of the Production Tax Credit Could Spark Development of Wind Farms (at Least in the Short Term)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which passed through Congress and was signed into law last month, included the latest iteration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for renewable generating resources. The PTC was...more

2015 U.S. electric generation additions

Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a report describing the portfolio of new or expanded electric power generation capacity built in the U.S. in 2015. FERC's Office of Energy Projects releases...more

Construction of two new 500 kV transmission lines extending from Lincoln County, New Mexico to Pinal County, Arizona

On February 3, 2016, the Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”) by a 3-2 vote issued a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility to SunZia Transmission, LLC to construct two new 500 kV transmission lines extending...more

Streamlining the Siting of Transmission in the West - Why Transmission and Renewable Energy Project Developers Should Care About...

Early this month, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued notice (81 FR 5283) of a proposed rule aimed at streamlining the pre-application process for transmission developers to obtain federal authorization to construct and...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E launches program to let all customers go 100 percent solar - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 3 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has officially launched its previously...more

What Must Be Done for Wind and Solar Projects to Have “Begun Construction” under the New PTC and ITC?

With the recent extension of the federal income tax credits available for renewable energy projects, practitioners and industry participants have raised questions as to how the “begun construction” rules will apply under...more

Thirty States and Numerous Other Interested Parties Seek an Immediate Supreme Court Stay of the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

On January 26, 2016, 29 states and state agencies, including Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and Mississippi (the “29 States”), submitted an application (the “29 States Application”) to the United States...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - The Verdict Is In: CPUC Preserves Net Metering In California - Solar Industry - Jan 28 In a 3-2 vote this morning, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its long-awaited...more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Final 4(d) Rule for Northern Long-Eared Bat Under Endangered Species Act

In April 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) published a final decision to list the northern long-eared bat as threatened and, rather than publishing a final 4(d) rule, opted to publish an interim 4(d) rule...more

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources Practice Group and the Public Policy and Law Practice Group of K&L Gates. This...more

Winds of Change for Alternative Energy Tax Incentives in 2016

Congress has some unfinished business on alternative energy policy, which may provide unusual legislative opportunities in an election year. While tax credits for wind and solar power received long-term extensions in the...more

The Final Northern Long-Eared Bat 4(d) Rule: Impacts to Energy Infrastructure Projects

Last spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the “Service”) published a final rule to list the northern long-eared bat (the “Bat”) as a threatened species and an interim 4(d) rule under the Endangered Species Act (the...more

The Renewable Energy Sources Act is undergoing a Fundamental Change: From Photovoltaics to Wind Energy - With the end of the final...

The third and final round of the pilot tenders for freestanding PV installations was launched on 6 October of this year. Bids were accepted until 1 December 2015. ...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016

Energy and Climate Debate - Following weeks of intense negotiations, Congress approved the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations and $680 billion tax extenders package (H.R. 2029), which includes a long-term extension and...more

Win for Wind on Taxes: Federal Income Tax Wind Farm Production Credit Extended for 2015 through 2019 - "Phase-Out" Limits Credit...

Wind farm electric generation facilities in Oklahoma have received a favorable federal income tax credit extension. The federal income tax credit for production of electricity by a qualified facility from wind...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016

3 ways renewable energy can grow in a 21st century grid - Greentech Media - Jan 6 - Some researchers claim there are limitations on solar PV’s growth because the variable renewable will depress wholesale prices...more

2016 Will Be a Happy New Year for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Extended Deadlines Provide Greater Certainty for Projects - Congress and President Obama delivered an early holiday gift for the renewable energy industry with the passage of legislation that extends a number of tax...more

Congress Passes End of Year Spending Bill Including Repeal of the Oil Export Ban and Other Significant Energy Provisions

After weeks of intense negotiations and backroom tradeoffs, on Friday, December 18, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, a 2,000 page omnibus bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016. The...more

Does Air Pollution Increase Violent Crime?

When EPA assesses the costs and benefits of environmental regulations, it typically looks at direct health impacts resulting from exposure to pollutants. According to a recent National Bureau of Economic Research working...more

Recent Federal Legislation Rings In the New Year With Some Exciting Developments for Both the Renewable and Oil Energy Industries

On December 18, 2015, the current divided United States Congress, which has not been known for many grand compromises, passed an omnibus spending bill featuring key measures related to renewable energy tax credits and to the...more

Five Things You Need to Know About the Extension of the ITC/PTC

On December 18, Congress approved and President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the Act). Among the 887-page budget bill’s myriad provisions is an extension of federal income tax credits for...more

New Legislation Extends and Modifies Renewable Energy Industry Tax Incentives

The five-year tax credit extension for wind and solar power facilities is a welcome development for the renewable energy industry in light of recent indications by Congress of a push to end tax credit benefits for wind and...more

Extension of Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

On December 18, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (H.R. 2029) (the Act), which included welcomed extensions to a number of energy tax incentives....more

Congress Passes End of Year Spending Bill Containing Significant Energy Related Provisions

After weeks of intense negotiations and backroom tradeoffs, last Friday Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, a 2,000 page omnibus bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016. The biggest winner...more

Solar and wind tax credits

In a last minute concession, Congress extended the 30 percent energy investment tax credit for qualified solar energy property and the production tax credit for qualified wind facilities as part of the Consolidated...more

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