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NREL Analyzes Production Tax Credit Extension Implications for U.S. Manufacturing

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is a component of the U.S. Department of Energy, has published a report analyzing the implications of the extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for U.S....more

Minnesota Legislature Looks to Jump Start Renewable Energy Exports

The Minnesota State Legislature is currently debating a bill that would ease the regulatory burden on independent power producers looking to export wind and solar energy generated in Minnesota....more

2013 in Renewable Energy Project Litigation

Renewable energy developers continue to have an excellent track record of defeating project challenges. In December 2012, we summarized nearly 10 years of litigation against renewable energy projects. Between the...more

District Court Remands Offshore Wind Project For Failure To Comply With Endangered Species Act

In a decision that has been nearly thirteen years in the making, on March 14, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service...more

Wyden’s Extenders Bill Due March 31 - PTC Advocates Muster for the Fight

Senator Wyden (D-OR), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, stated that he will release his “extenders” bill on March 31 and that the included provisions will be renewed through the end of 2015. Senator Rockefeller...more

Federal Approval of Tule Wind Project Upheld in District Court on NEPA, Migratory Bird Act, and Bald & Golden Eagle Act Claims

On March 25, 2014, in The Protect Our Communities Foundation et al. v. Jewell et al. , the US District Court for the Southern District of California issued a decision on a challenge to the Tule Wind Project and found in favor...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - New DOE loan guarantee program: Green Tech Solar News - Feb 27: The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan...more

Federal district court decision appears to clear way for Cape Wind

The Federal District Court in Washington, DC has issued a lengthy ruling that appeared to substantially clear the way for Cape Wind, a large proposed offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound south of Cape Cod,...more

NJ regulators reject offshore wind project

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has voted against extending ratepayer subsidies to an offshore wind project proposed by developer Fishermen's Energy, challenging the project's financial viability. Back in 2011,...more

I nuovi chiarimenti dell'Agenzia delle entrate in materia di trattamento fiscale degli impianti fotovoltaici

Con la circolare n. 36/E del 19 dicembre 2013 (di seguito, la “Circolare”), l’Agenzia delle entrate, Direzione Centrale Normativa e Direzione Centrale Catasto, ha emesso nuovi chiarimenti in materia di trattamento catastale e...more

Decision on Cape Wind Offshore Wind Farm

On March 14, 2014, in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility et al. v. Beaudreu et al., the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision on multiple challenges to the Cape Wind Offshore Wind...more

Massachusetts Permit for New Natural Gas Plant Incorporates Global Climate Conditions Including Sunset Date

The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (Siting Board) approved a certificate for a 630-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Salem last month. The certificate is unique in that it incorporates the terms of a...more

The Song Remains the Same: Cape Wind Wins Another Case and the Opponents Declare Victory

Late last week, in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Beaudreu, Judge Reggie Walton gave Cape Wind and its federal co-defendants an almost across the board victory in a series of challenges by Cape Wind...more

Divisional Court Overturns Environmental Review Tribunal Decision and Allows Wind Project to Proceed

In an important decision for stakeholders in the Ontario renewable energy industry, the Divisional Court of Ontario overturned the July 2013 decision by the Environmental Review Tribunal (the ERT) in Ostrander Point. In its...more

Ontario Court Backs Wind Developer at Ostrander Point

In July 2013, the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) revoked the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) issued to Gilead Power to develop a nine-turbine, 22.5-megawatt wind power project at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County....more

News for Onshore Wind and Offshore Wind: ISO-NE's FCA Offer Review Trigger Price (ORTP) for FCA 9

On February 11, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on ISO-New England Inc.’s (ISO-NE) proposed revisions to its Forward Capacity Market (FCM) Offer Review Trigger Price (ORTP) provisions for...more

Contrary Legal Winds At Cape Wind - Opponents Of Offshore Wind Sue Asserting Preemption

Would you care to hazard a guess at how long it takes to bring online an offshore wind farm in the United States? At the moment, it is 12+ years and counting. A recent court filing arguing constitutional questions is...more

Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Proposal Streamlines Energy Tax Credits

On December 18, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a proposal that would streamline energy tax incentives to make them more predictable and technology neutral. The proposal would consolidate...more

Feed-In Tariffs for Wind Energy Set out by the French Government May Constitute Unlawful State Aid

In February 2009, a claim was filed before the highest French administrative court (Conseil d’Etat) by the association “Vent de Colère” seeking the annulment of a ministerial order dated 17 November 2008 enacting the feed-in...more

Rating Agency Developments - January 28, 2014

On January 23, Fitch released its criteria for analyzing interest rate stresses in structured finance transactions and covered bonds. On January 22, DBRS released its methodology for rating wind power projects. On January 22,...more

Cape Wind Survives a Legal Challenge to FAA Approval: Is the Opposition Strategy to Play Whac-A-Mole?

On Wednesday, the Court of Appeals rejected a challenge by the Town of Barnstable to the FAA’s “no hazard” determination for Cape Wind. As background, the same court had determined in 2010 that a prior no hazard...more

Private Sector Investment Powering Mexico Solar Energy Sector

After the failure of subsidies in driving the solar markets of Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic, Mexico and a number of Latin American countries are planning to ensure the growth of their renewable markets through private...more

Wind Turbines Still Don’t Hurt Property Values

A report published last week by researchers at the University of Connecticut and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at more than 122,000 home sales that occurred between 1998 and 2012 in proximity to current or...more

FERC Performs an About-Face in Idaho

With the holidays behind us and the cheer and reverie of the New Year trailing off, wind developers in Idaho may be realizing that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) left a lump of coal in their stockings on...more

Renewable Energy Update -- January, 9, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Catching rays in California, and storing them - New York Times - Dec 23: Solar power is growing so fast in California — with installations by customers increasing tenfold since 2006 — that it is...more

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