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Renewable Energy Update - April 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - SunPower buys U.S. rival SolarWorld to head off Trump tariffs - REUTERS - Apr 18 SunPower Corp. on Wednesday said it would buy U.S. solar panel maker SolarWorld Americas, expanding its domestic manufacturing as...more

Energy Storage Handbook Vol. 2

by K&L Gates LLP on

Designed as a basic primer on what energy storage is, how it is regulated and what sorts of issues are encountered when such projects are financed and developed, the Handbook is intended to highlight the most common...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

DLA Piper on off-the-grid energy solutions for Africa

by DLA Piper on

Off-the-grid systems are essential for Africa’s development. Systemic power outages have stunted economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa for decades. There is an urgent need for sustainable energy solutions that can provide...more

FERC Issues Orders in Cases Involving Rates for Transmission Service, Wholesale Power Rates, and Competition in RTO Markets

The following are summaries of recent orders issued by FERC in four proceedings in which Jennings Strouss was involved. The proceedings involve rates for transmission service, wholesale power rates, and competition in RTO...more

Bricker involved in Cleveland-area solar farm development

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

As announced by Columbus Business First, IGS Energy of Dublin, Ohio, will build a large solar farm on former landfill property near Cleveland. The solar farm will spread across 17 acres and will consist of over 35,000 panels...more

Federal Court Upholds FERC’s Expansive Use of Anti-Market Manipulation Rule in Power Market “Gaming” Case

On March 30, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio issued an order substantially denying defendants’ Motion to Dismiss the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC or the “Commission”) Complaint...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

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - March 2018

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox. This month’s features...more

Home Remedies For Politically Charged IP Theft

In January of this year, Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd. was convicted of stealing trade secrets from U.S. company AMSC Inc. ...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

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

Virginia State Corporation Commission Approves First Retail Customer Request for Load Aggregation for Competitive Retail Electric...

by Williams Mullen on

On February 21, 2018, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (the “Commission”) approved the petition of Reynolds Group Holdings Inc. (“Reynolds”) to aggregate the electric energy loads of three subsidiaries, at six...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - March 2018

by White & Case LLP on

In This Issue: - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s March 15, 2018 meeting, pursuant to the...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

Regulatory Happenings for the Week of March 5, 2018

by Buchalter on

On 5/26/17, the ALJ issued a proposed decision implementing new compliance requirements for the RPS program in response to SB350. These new rules for long-term contracts start with the compliance period beginning 1/1/21. The...more

Regulatory Happenings for the Week of February 26, 2018

by Buchalter on

On 5/26/17, the ALJ issued a proposed decision implementing new compliance requirements for the RPS program in response to SB350. These new rules for long-term contracts start with the compliance period beginning 1/1/21. The...more

FERC Acts to Remove Barriers to Electric Storage Participation in Organized Transmission Markets

by King & Spalding on

At its February 15, 2018 open meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a rulemaking Final Order intended to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources in organized electric...more

Infrastructure Series: Fast-Tracking Electric Transmission Infrastructure

by WilmerHale on

This is the third issue of WilmerHale's 10-in-10 Infrastructure Series. In this series, our attorneys will share insights on current and emerging issues affecting infrastructure project developers in the United States....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

FERC Approves Landmark Rule on Electric Storage Resources

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s much-anticipated new rule will enhance the participation of electric storage resources in the organized wholesale electricity markets. Nearly a year and a half after issuing its...more

Creating a national energy guarantee - the toughest job in Australia?

by DLA Piper on

The Energy Security Board has released its first 'draft design consultation paper' on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). The timing of this initial consultation phase is to allow the Board to report to the Council of...more

New Bloomberg Report Finds that Renewables Supply All-Time High of 18% of U.S. Energy Generation

Analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds that roughly 18% of U.S. energy generation is supplied by renewable sources. The details can be found in the 2018 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook,...more

Capacity Market Vicini Alla Completa Attuazione

Lo scorso 7 febbraio è stato reso noto che la Commissione europea ha sancito la compatibilità del mercato italiano della capacità (cd. capacity market) con la normativa UE in tema di aiuti di Stato....more

FERC Has Options If Court Of Appeals Seeks To Shut Down An Operating Interstate Pipeline

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Can an interstate natural gas pipeline continue to operate if a court vacates its certificate authorizations? On January 31, 2018, in Sierra Club v. FERC, No. 16-1329 (D.C. Cir.), the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

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