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Sustainable Development Update - May 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Federal judge rules in Berkeley’s favor in fight over post office - BERKELEYSIDE - May 15 A federal judge on Monday rejected arguments by the federal government that the city of Berkeley...more

California Regulatory Happenings for the Week of May 7, 2018

by Buchalter on

CPUC Commissioner’s Meeting - The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 5/31/18. Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) (R.1502-020) - On 5/26/17, the ALJ issued a proposed decision implementing new compliance...more

Projects and energy snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Development agendas to curb power woes - Sub-Saharan Africa is burdened with a complex and persistent electricity gap that is difficult to bridge in the medium to long-term owing to population growth, says...more

California Energy Commission Unanimously Approves Solar Panel Mandate for Homes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Energy Commission voted unanimously on May 9, 2018, to require solar panels on all new single-family homes and apartment buildings that are three stories or less starting in 2020. • The new regulations...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - California breaks solar power, renewable energy output records - PV MAGAZINE - May 1 California blew through a series of peak solar and renewable energy generation records in the last week of April, showing not...more

Multifamily Buildings/Solar Energy: May 2018 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Report

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) issued a May 2018 report titled: Our Powers Combined: Energy Efficiency in Solar and Affordable Multifamily Buildings (“Report”) ...more

Maryland Develops Community Solar Incentive Program

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

For the 2018 fiscal year, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is running its new Community Solar LMI PPA Incentive Grant Program in an effort to provide low and moderate-income (LMI) communities with the benefits of...more

May 2018 Washington Update

House Hearing on DOE Budget - On April 12, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on “The Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Energy Budget” with testimony from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The...more

More Clarity for Large than Small Solar Projects in Illinois’ Initial Long-Term Renewable Resources Plan

On April 3, 2018, pursuant to the Future Energy Jobs Act (“FEJA”), the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”) issued an Order adopting and modifying the draft Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“LTRRP”) submitted...more

Let the Sun Shine - Impacts of the Solar Tariffs

In fulfilling his campaign pledges to American manufacturing and fossil fuel energy companies, on January 22, 2018, President Trump approved a 30 percent tariff on imported silicon solar cells and modules. Solar cells are the...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Wind and solar provided 98% of new U.S. generating capacity in January and February - RENEWABLE ENERGY WORLD - Apr 24 Wind and solar accounted for more than 98 percent of all new U.S. electrical generation...more

Updates to Energy-Related Bills in the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session

Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 legislative session. Legislators have been busy moving...more

Infocast’s 2018 Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panelists at Infocast’s Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit from March 19th to 22nd in Carlsbad, CA. It was an extremely well-attended event and the mood of the participants was generally...more

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

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

Taxation/Valuation of Solar Panels: Arizona Court Addresses Assessment Issues

The Supreme Court of Arizona addressed in a March 16th opinion whether the Arizona Department of Revenue (“ADOR”) or County assessors are authorized to value solar panels owned by taxpayers and leased to residential and...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - U.S. corporate solar procurement surges in 2017 - GREENTECH MEDIA - Apr 12 Corporate procurement of solar is on the rise for both distributed generation and offsite utility PV. As a testament to that trend,...more

Illinois Approves Long-Term Renewable Plan

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 3, 2018, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved, with modifications recommended by solar advocates and consumer groups, the Illinois Power Agency’s (IPA) Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Group pursuing floating wind farm off California coast - REUTERS - Apr 3 EDP Renewables and four other companies have joined with a Northern California power provider to develop the first U.S. offshore wind farm...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

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Welcome to the new format of the Tracker! Because many of our readers have interests in a wide variety of environmental fields, we have expanded our coverage. While we will no longer be including summaries, we will now...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

Got ITCs? How to Start Construction on Your Solar Project (Pre-IRS Guidance)

Solar developers are getting antsy about what is needed to show that they started construction on their 2020 (or later) projects by the end of 2019. The answer is not clear in the absence of solar-specific guidance from...more

More Utility-Scale and/or Brownfield Solar RECs Are Sought Under Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act

On March 21, the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”) publicly approved certain results from the Illinois Power Agency’s (“IPA”) Spring 2018 First Procurement of solar Renewable Energy Credits (“RECs”) from utility-scale...more

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