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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3.7 Million in Grants for Clean Energy Technology

On November 1, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $3.7 million in grants to increase the adoption of cost-saving clean energy technologies by Massachusetts low-income residents as part of the Commonwealth’s Affordable...more

Massachusetts EDCs Issue New RFP For 100 MW Of New Solar PV Generation; Bids Due December 5

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts electric distribution companies (EDCs), in consultation with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) have issued a new request for proposals (RFP) seeking offers from eligible solar photovoltaic (Solar PV)...more

LUPC Proposes New Rules Allowing Grid-Scale Solar Facilities

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Responding to increasing interest in developing grid-scale solar farms in Maine’s unorganized territory, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) yesterday proposed a rulemaking to allow development of grid-scale solar energy...more

The Impact On U.S. Corporations If The House's "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act" Passes

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the taxation of U.S. Corporations. The complete text of the alert is available here. Below is a brief summary of H.R....more

The International Tax Impact Of The 2017 Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the international corporate tax landscape. ...more

The Impact On Energy If The House's "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act" Passes

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the energy industry. The complete text of the alert is available here. Below is a brief summary of H.R. 1. ...more

A Summary Of The Tax Cut And Jobs Act

On November 2nd, the House Ways and Means Committee released the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1). If passed, this initial pass at widespread tax reform would trigger the most sweeping changes to the U.S. tax...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Vote Indicates U.S. Solar Industry, Markets & Policymakers Should Expect Increased Duties &...

by Bryan Cave on

On October 31, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted on “Global Safeguard” import remedies regarding Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic (CSPV) cells (see International Regulatory Bulletin (IRB) No. 565). A...more

The GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Includes Changes Impacting the Renewable Energy Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 3rd, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R. Tex.) released the “chairman’s mark” to H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA). The TCJA represents the most extensive rewrite of the Internal...more

ITC Makes Recommendations in Solar Trade Case

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The fate of the U.S. solar industry is now (at least somewhat) in the hands of President Donald Trump. By Jan. 12, 2018, he must decide what action, if any, to take against overseas solar panel manufacturers whose imports are...more

ITC Rules on SolarWorld/Suniva Investigation

by Dickinson Wright on

In spring of 2017, Suniva Inc. ("Suniva") and SolarWorld Americas, Inc. ("SolarWorld") (together, the "Petitioners"), filed Investigation No. TA-201-075 with the International Trade Commission (the "ITC") under Section 201 of...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017

by Allen Matkins on

New study finds buildings with poor energy efficiency default at higher rate - Urban Land - Oct 23 A recent study has added a new value proposition for energy efficiency in commercial buildings: efficient buildings are...more

International Trade Commission Issues Recommendations for Tariffs on Imported Solar PV Equipment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 31, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) released its recommendations to impose a tariff on imported solar equipment. The proposals it issued, however, would result in duties substantially lower than...more

Kentucky’s Limited Renewable Energy Incentives

by Dickinson Wright on

In August 2007, Kentucky enacted the Incentives for Energy Independence Act (IEIA) program (KRS 154.27-010 through 154.27-090). As with any Kentucky administered tax incentive programs, the inducements under the IEIA are...more

GOP Tax Bill Proposes Changes to the Renewable Energy Industry’s Tax Incentives

On Thursday, November 2, Republicans in the US House of Representatives released their proposed tax reform legislation, providing for massive alterations to tax law. The proposed legislation would trim tax benefits applicable...more

Blockchain Technology Could be Key to Smarter Energy Grid

The same technology underlying the efficiency of bitcoin transactions and largely responsible for the online currency’s success could be the key to developing a smarter energy grid. Blockchain, a shared, encrypted ledger...more

ITC Proposes Tariffs in Solar Trade Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After hearing days of arguments and considering dozens of filings from solar companies both opposed to and in support of trade action, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today recommended tariffs on imported solar...more

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Investigates Issues Relating to Net Metering, Energy Storage, and Forward Capacity...

On October 3, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (“DPU”) opened a new docket (D.P.U. 17-146) to investigate two issues: whether energy storage systems paired with net metering facilities are eligible for...more

New York Public Service Commission Issues Rules for Distributed Energy Resource Suppliers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) recently issued Uniform Business Practices for distributed energy resource (DER) providers (or suppliers), similar to the consumer protection standards that are already in place...more

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

Rajen Ranchhoojee on the Potential Renegotiation of Tariffs Under South Africa's REIPPP Program

Rajen Ranchhoojee, Special Legal Counsel in Orrick’s Washington, D.C. office, recently spoke with inspiratia [subscription required] regarding news that the South African government may attempt to renegotiate tariffs for the...more

Tax Credits/Solar Energy: Arizona Appellate Decision Describing Purchasers' Breach of Contract Action

An October 16th Arizona Court of Appeals decision describes a breach of contract action in a lower court involving the purchase of a residential solar energy system. See Lakosky v. The Solar Store, LLC, 2017 WL 4614724....more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017 #3

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Focus - City of Industry publicly approves massive solar farm - San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Oct 12 After working behind closed doors for a year, the City of Industry publicly approved agreements last Thursday to build...more

Solar Power International 2017 Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panel discussions at Solar Power International in Las Vegas on September 11 and 12. The soundbites are organized by topic, rather than in chronological order, and were prepared without the benefit of...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California allocates $55M for energy storage in low-income neighborhoods - Utility Dive - Oct 17 - The California Public Utilities Commission has instituted a program that directs...more

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