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California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Aims to Provide Certainty for Renewable Developers: Draft Released

On September 23, 2014, the U.S Department of Interior and the State of California released a draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (“DRECP”), which covers over 22 million acres in Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - Los Angeles' city-owned electric utility raises its energy efficiency ambitions: Energy Collective - Aug 13: The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has...more

IRS Releases New Guidance on Beginning of Construction

The IRS recently released Notice 2014-46 (the Notice) which provides welcome guidance to tax equity investors and developers on the construction of wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and certain hydropower and marine...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance with Respect to 2013 Beginning of Construction Rules for Wind and Other Renewable Projects

The Internal Revenue Service (Service) issued Notice 2014-46 (Notice) on August 8, 2014, to provide further guidance on meeting the beginning of construction requirements for wind and other qualified facilities (biomass,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables provide 56 percent of new U.S. generating capacity in first half of 2014: Electric Light & Power - Jul 21: Solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of...more

Renewable Energy Update -- June 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Warren Buffett plans to double Berkshire Hathaway’s investment in renewable energy: PV Tech - Jun 24: Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. CEO Warren Buffett certainly made his presence felt at the Edison...more

Renewable Energy Update -- June 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: The EPA’s new carbon rules could be a major boost to renewable energy - Greentech Media - Jun 2: The EPA’s new carbon rule could grow renewable capacity by an additional 70 percent in the next...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: California’s net zero energy building to reshape U.S. construction industry - Alternative Energy News - Apr 15: California’s recent revisions to Title 24 put in place ambitious performance...more

The Renewable Energy Sector’s New Frontier: Latin America And The Caribbean

While most jurisdictions within Latin America and the Caribbean base their core electric generation asset portfolio on fossil fuels, renewable energy technologies are now changing the regional energy landscape. Now, wind,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- December 3, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewable energy to the rescue for California's Salton Sea: SustainableBusiness.com - Nov 27 - Geothermal energy is coming to the rescue of California's Salton Sea while also giving a huge boost...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Hot Energy Trends in 2014 by Polsinelli  [Video]

Whether you are operating a coal mine or looking to invest in Wind Energy, the utility and energy industries are always evolving. Polsinelli's Energy law practice is one of the leading practices of its kind in the Midwest....more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 18, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- 3 models that could help utilities make money from solar power - Green Tech Solar News - Sep 30: Much like tech companies of the 1990s, utilities face an “unavoidable shift” and don’t have any...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 14, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- Movin' and shakin': geothermal projects face a rocky road: Renewable Energy World - Sep 30 - Geothermal energy, one of the "forgotten renewables," powers 4,419 megawatts, or just more than 1...more

IRS Clarifies Guidance on Beginning Construction of a Qualified Energy Facility for Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax...

A qualified facility is eligible to receive a renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) or an energy investment tax credit (ITC) in lieu of the PTC if construction of the facility begins before January 1, 2014....more

IRS Releases New Guidance on Beginning of Construction - 23 September 2013

Production tax credits ("PTCs") are available for wind, biomass, geothermal, landfill gas, trash, hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic facilities, if construction of the facility begins before January 1, 2014....more

Renewable Energy Update - August 14, 2013

The wind industry gets its groove back GreenTech Media Headlines - Aug 7 Money is flowing back into wind after a first quarter hiatus stemming from policy uncertainty. The $210 million in venture capital investments...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 1, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables outpace coal, oil, and nuclear energy in U.S.: REVE Wind News - Jul 20 -- Renewable energy sources, including wind energy, solar power, biomass, hydro, and geothermal energy,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- July 24, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Finally there's evidence that we're embracing energy innovation -- Earth2Tech Blog - Jul 25: Two recent energy policy moves are evidence that policymakers are finally starting to figure out the...more

Renewable Energy Update -- June 13, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - DOE issues geothermal project development roadmap: Electric Power and Light News - Jun 6 -- The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) issued a geothermal energy regulatory roadmap to help developers...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 29, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. new solar installations may only reach 3.5GW in 2013: Digi TImes Solar News - May 23 The U.S. has rich natural resources, and states in the southwest region have sufficient sunshine with...more

Renewable Energy Update -- March 19, 2013

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - DOE Issues Guidebook For Large-Scale Renewable Energy Development At Federal Facilities; Nuclear Industry Withers in U.S. as Wind Pummels Prices; O'Malley wins three-year battle...more

Renewable Energy Update -- March 5, 2013

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - US announces $27 million in solar funding; U.S. looks to offer competitive offshore wind leases; GEA releases 2013 U.S. Geothermal Industry Update; Ralls allowed to seek...more

Renewable Energy Update -- February 26, 2013

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Wind, solar, biomass provide all new US electrical generating capacity in January 2013; Hard session ahead for renewable energy advocates in Texas; Xcel wants to give developers...more

Hemant Taneja’s “Energy is not a zero-sum game anymore”: The End of the ‘Clean vs. Dirty’ Debate and the Rise of Advanced Energy...

The rapid progress of advanced energy technologies and energy efficiency in the “conventional” areas of oil and gas as well as in the “clean” sources of wind, solar, and geothermal energy is allowing countries to do more from...more

Renewable Energy Update -- February 6, 2013

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - All energy, including renewables, impact water resources; 7 projects looking to use big data to cut the cost of solar power; Cape Wind might land federal loan; Ralls sues to void...more

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