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Illinois Renewable Resources Procurement Plan Aims to Boost Renewable Energy Development

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 29, 2017, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) released its Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (Plan) to implement renewable energy goals set forth in Illinois’s Future Energy Jobs Act, which went into...more

Energy Storage Handbook

by K&L Gates LLP on

As of today, approximately 800 MW of advanced energy storage technologies have been deployed in the United States, with nearly all of that capacity coming online in the last decade. New technologies, use cases, and...more

FERC and IRS Diverge on Approaches to Tax Equity Investors

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have recently taken different approaches to issues raised by tax equity investors that have invested specifically in renewable energy...more

North Carolina’s Court of Appeals Affirms that Power Purchase Agreements are Impermissible in the State

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision, State of North Carolina ex. rel. Utilities Commission, et. al. v. N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), affirming an order of the North Carolina Utilities...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar industry roiled by trade ruling that some fear could lead to tariffs - Washington Post - Sep 22 - The U.S. solar industry was roiled on Friday by a unanimous ruling in a much...more

Halftime in California — Which Climate and Environmental Bills Are on the Board?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The California legislature conducts its business in two-year sessions starting on the first Monday in December following an election. Last Friday, September 15, 2017, marked the last day for the California legislature to pass...more

U.S. Department of Energy Releases “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability”

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability,” which was commissioned by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April to provide an...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar installations rise despite drop in residential market - Reuter - Sep 11 - U.S. solar installations rose 8 percent in the second quarter as robust utility demand offset a sharp...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

Managing Decommissioning Risks in Asian M&A Transactions - By the end of 2026, approximately 134 producing Concessions and Production Sharing Contracts (each, a “PSC”) will have expired in South Asia. It is expected that 900...more

DOE Report Offers Extensive Insight, but Limited Policy Suggestions

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its Staff Report assessing the reliability and resilience of the electric grid. The highly anticipated report was commissioned in April 2017 by Secretary of Energy...more

Wind Farm/Transmission Line: Federal Court Addresses Whether Facility Operations Can Continue Pending NEPA Supplemental EIS...

A United States District Court (Southern District California)(“Court”) addressed a dispute as to the appropriate remedy for a constructed wind farm and transmission line (collectively “Project”) whose United States Department...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017#2

This is our second installment of Currents - our weekly energy news e-blast where we deliver the week's top energy news stories and our synopsis of why those stories are important from a legal perspective. - Appeals Court...more

PEI submarine transmission line energized

by PretiFlaherty on

On August 29, 2017, a Canadian utility energized a new $142.5 million (CAD) undersea electric transmission system connecting Canada's Prince Edward Island to mainland New Brunswick. The Northumberland Strait Submarine...more

Massachusetts Receives Nearly Four Dozen Bids in Response to Request for Proposals for Renewable Energy Generation

In early April 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) partnered with investor-owned electric distribution companies across the state to jointly issue a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy...more

MassDEP Issues New Regulations to Reduce GHG Emissions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated final regulations to ensure that the Commonwealth will meet the 2020 statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits mandated by the...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Eskom given 30 days to meet NERSA requirements for 2018 tariff application - The state-owned utility is seeking a 19.9% hike from 1 April 2018, having been granted a 2.2% increase from 1 April 2017....more

Should Infrastructure Project Developers Invoke Streamlined Environmental Review Under FAST-41?

by Perkins Coie on

Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST-41) includes measures to streamline environmental reviews for certain infrastructure projects. Congress passed the FAST Act in December 2015, and the Office of...more

Issues for investors' considerations affecting solar and thermal power projects in Nigeria

by Dentons on

The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) is currently experiencing critical financial and operational hurdles which significantly affect ongoing and prospective renewable and non-renewable power projects. This paper...more

California grid prepares for solar eclipse

by PretiFlaherty on

As a total solar eclipse approaches for North America, California electricity regulators have launched a voluntary demand response program designed to reduce power consumption during the eclipse while solar panel output is...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Just how far can California possibly go on climate? - New York Times - Jul 26 - Over the past decade, California has passed a sweeping set of climate laws to test a contentious theory:...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - DOE’s SunShot awards $46M for solar tech-to-market research - Greentech Media - Jul 13 - The Department of Energy may be facing potentially massive budget cuts and interference in how it...more

Il futuro non e piu quello di una volta sostenibilita e investimenti energetici

The paper (in Italian), produced by Antonio Sileo, Director, Osservatorio Innov-E of I-Com and Research Fellow IEFE-Bocconi, was presented during the workshop "The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be: Sustainability and Energy...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar and wind farm construction costs fell in recent years - Solar Industry Magazine - Jul 5 - Based on U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey data for new, utility-scale...more

Energy Independence in the Age of Renewables

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Facing the traditional energy sector’s uncertain future and the decreased cost of producing renewable energy, many companies have taken to generating their own power. Manufacturers may be in an ideal position to do the same...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. mayors back 100% renewable energy, vow to fill climate leadership void - InsideClimate News - Jun 26 - As the nation's mayors closed their annual meeting on Monday in Miami Beach,...more

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