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FERC Staff Questions Wind Farms on Calculation of PURPA’s One-Mile Rule

On June 9, 2017, Beaver Creek Wind II, LLC and Beaver Creek Wind III, LLC (together, “Beaver Creek”) responded to a deficiency letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) staff seeking...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Support for wind, solar power continues - Facility Executive - Jun 14 - Demand for renewable energy by consumers and businesses — along with a long-term commitment to cleaner...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Can California really hit a 100% renewable energy target? - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jun 9 - California takes pride in its clean energy credentials, but the state may be poised to take...more

Forest Service approves transmission lines

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The U.S. Forest Service has released its final approvals for two major electricity transmission lines proposed for development across several western states, issuing Records of Decision for the TransWest Express and Energy...more

Is the wind of change blowing for energy investors in Poland?

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The Polish Ministry of Energy (ME) has been working on a set of changes to the Renewable Energy Sources Act and certain other acts including the Wind Energy Investments Act. The wording of the proposed changes is to be...more

President Trump Announces U.S. Government Pull Back on Paris Agreement While States, Cities, Businesses, and Investors Continue...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week, President Trump made a public decision to take action on the Paris Agreement on climate change. His remarks have no legal effect on their own and do not explain when or what legal action will be taken. As a result,...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

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The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

Is Global Oil Oversupply On The Horizon?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The folks ‘in the know’ are predicting at least a “modest” oversupply in global oil markets next year… On June 6, 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook....more

New Illinois Law Boosts Renewable Energy Project Development

by Bryan Cave on

The Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) today released a draft of the standard form contract to be entered into with developers of new, utility-scale wind and solar projects pursuant to Illinois Public Act 99-0906 (the “Future...more

Opportunities Abound in the U.S. Offshore Wind Market

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Offshore wind projects have taken root in America. The country’s first operating offshore wind farm, in Block Island, Rhode Island, began contributing energy to the power grid in December 2016. Now, more than 23 offshore wind...more

May Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update provides insight into a number of energy-related developments at the federal level, including President Trump’s recently proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the Senate’s failed efforts to turn...more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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