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New Jersey Legislature Establishes Community Solar Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With more than 2,000 megawatts of cumulative solar capacity installed, New Jersey is the nation's fifth-largest solar state, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). New legislation is designed to expand...more

FERC Approves CASPR, ISO-NE’s New Forward Capacity Auction

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On March 9, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in a split decision, approved ISO-New England Inc.’s (ISO-NE) proposed tariff revisions to accommodate entry of additional clean energy resources into the...more

Regulatory Happenings for the Week of April 9, 2018

by Buchalter on

CPUC Commissioner’s Meeting - The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 4/26/18. Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) (R.1502-020) - On 5/26/17, the ALJ issued a proposed decision implementing new compliance...more

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces AEP SWEPCO as Recipient

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced that American Electric Power Southwestern Electric Power Company (“AEP SWEPCO”) is an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. EPA states that the company was...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. states vow to defend auto fuel efficiency standards - REUTERS - Apr 4 Nearly a dozen U.S. states and Washington D.C. this Tuesday promised to defend federal automobile efficiency...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Lawmakers pass spending bill with funds for clean energy - GREENTECH MEDIA - Mar 23 Congress cleared a spending bill last Friday for the 2018 fiscal year that allocates $1.3 trillion. Despite the Trump...more

Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) Launch Call for Fourth Long-Term...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 15, 2018, the CRE and CENACE launched the Fourth Long-Term Renewable Energy Auction. This will be the first long-term auction administered by the CRE, as the previous three auctions were administered by Mexico’s...more

Trade Secrets: Protecting Clean Energy Technology

In today’s competitive marketplace, it is vital that you have a comprehensive plan in place to protect your intellectual property. While most companies include patents and trademarks as key components of their plan, many...more

Residential Solar Storage is Eligible for Tax Credit, Subject to a 100% Cliff

In a recently released private letter ruling, the IRS confirmed that residential solar energy batteries are eligible for the tax credit under Section 25D of the Code (the “Residential Solar Credit”), subject to an important...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #4

Trump Prepared to Hit China with $60 Billion in Annual Tariffs - "President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against Chinese products, following through on a longtime threat that he...more

Carbon Dioxide Capture Credit Enhanced

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 extended and enhanced a tax credit that incentivized carbon dioxide capture, storage, and utilization. The enhanced credit, known as the “45Q tax credit,” offers a tax credit of up to $50...more

2018 Environmental Legislative Update No. 3

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

In the rocket launching business, “Max Q” is point of maximum stress due to the combination of acceleration and air density. Judging from the number of items in today’s update, the session may have reached legislative Max Q....more

FERC Grapples with Accommodating State Policies in Wholesale Markets; Approves ISO New England Proposal for Subsidized Renewable...

Nearly a year after summoning stakeholders to discuss whether—and if so, how—the wholesale power markets should accommodate state policy goals, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) has taken a...more

CASPR: FERC Approves Changes To ISO-NE's Forward Capacity Auction

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On March 9, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a split vote approved ISO-New England Inc.’s (ISO-NE) proposed tariff revisions intended to accommodate the entry of additional clean energy resources into...more

New York Releases Offshore Wind Master Plan

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Plan outlines next steps for procuring 2,400 MW by 2030, with a likely significant benefit for New York’s economic development. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Energy Research and Development...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - 20,000 new homes by BART stations? A new California zoning bill aims to speed building - The Mercury News - Mar 5 Cities reluctant to approve housing on BART’s expansive parking lots and...more

Batteries and Solar Might Be Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Currently, the largest operating solar energy facility in Oregon is the 56 megawatt Gala Solar facility near Prineville, which generates electricity for Apple. But homegrown Oregon developer Obsidian Renewables has plans for...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

New power generation exemption framework creates fresh hurdles for IPPs - Titled “Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice”, the amendment was published in the Government Gazette of 10 November 2017, and signed by...more

2018 Federal Budget – Tax support for clean energy

by DLA Piper on

Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the government’s 2018 federal budget on February 27, 2018. As part of the budget’s tax proposals, the government is extending an existing tax incentive measure to encourage...more

Renewable Alert Letter 35: Possible Relief Measures for Wind Projects with Output Increases

Projects participating in the power source interconnection project offering process - In our Alert Letter dated February 21, 2018, we noted how, in principle, wind facilities will be subject to revision of FIT price if...more

Solar Panels & Other Energy-Saving Facilities: Can You Approve Installation & PACE Financing?

Question: Borrower has requested the consent of lender with respect to the following: (1) the construction and installation of a new solar system to be installed on the roof at the collateral property to provide electricity...more

Administration Gives Northern Pass a Second Chance for Energy Procurement

After releasing a request for proposals in March 2017 seeking long-term contracts for clean energy projects, on January 25 the Baker-Polito administration selected the Northern Pass Hydro (Northern Pass) project to move...more

New York Solar Energy Facility Tax Update #2

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Have you filed your Tax Exemption Applications? To obtain a tax exemption for solar energy systems under RPTL 487 you must file two copies of the RP-487 form with the local assessor by the taxable status date. That’s...more

New York Solar Energy Facility Tax Update

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

NYSERDA Adds Property Tax Calculator to Solar Toolkit - NYSERDA has been creating tools for municipalities and solar companies in addressing solar project questions. NYSERDA has now created a Property Tax Calculator...more

DRM Win for Renewable Energy at Vermont Supreme Court

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

On January 12, 2018, the Vermont Supreme Court decided in favor of Stowe Cady Hill Solar LLC and reversed the Vermont Public Utility Commission’s sua sponte dismissal of a petition for a net-metered solar facility. The...more

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