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Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 3

Northeast Could be Second U.S. Petrochemical Hub - "'While the region with its ample and reliable supply of ethane is primed for the emergence as a second major petrochemical manufacturing hub in the United States, it...more

New Report Highlights Progress and Growth Potential of Solar Industry

A new report from Baird Equity Research outlines the inroads made by solar energy the past two years and projects the industry’s continued growth over the long term. In particular, the report cites increased installations,...more

USITC Responds to Trade Representative’s Request to Identify ‘Unforeseen Developments’ That Led to Solar Cell Decision

by Morgan Lewis on

US International Trade Commission’s response to unforeseen developments signals strong administration action on solar cell tariffs....more

Net metering rules: reasonable limitations or detrimental restrictions? PUCO hears both sides

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

An uncommon opportunity for “utilities, environmental groups and other stakeholders” to testify before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) elicited diverse opinions on the PUCO’s recent changes to net metering...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2018 #2

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Focus - FERC rejects Perry's plan to boost coal - Politico - Jan 8 Federal energy regulators on Monday rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to prop up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, a major defeat...more

Massachusetts DOER Issues Compensation Rates for SMART Program; EDCs Select 17 Projects for Long-Term, Tariff-Based Payments in...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released important new guidelines for its Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, by which the Commonwealth will procure up to 1,600 megawatts...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - New legislation proposes more housing near California transit stations - Los Angeles Times - Jan 4 A dramatic increase in new housing near transit stations could be on its way across...more

Nevada's Renewable Energy Program Getting The Partial Abatements/Exemptions

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Nevada enacted a Renewable Energy Tax Abatement program in 2009, which it operates under the Governor’s Office of Energy (“GOE”). For eligible renewable energy facilities, the program awards partial abatements for sales and...more

Utility-Scale Capacity: U.S. Energy Information Report Estimates Nearly 50 Percent of 2017 Installation Utilized Renewable...

The United States Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) issued a January 10th report (“Report”) stating that “nearly half of utility-scale capacity installed in 2017 came from renewables.” The information originates...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump administration reverses course on PACE financing - Greentech Media - Dec 27 In December, federal housing officials erected a new hurdle for residential property-assessed clean...more

Potential benefits of microgrids for hospitals

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

For hospitals, a major power outage can pose a serious threat to the health of patients. In the wake of various hurricanes and severe storms in 2017, there has been a renewed focus on ways to increase reliability and...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - How corporations ‘bypassed politics’ to lead on clean energy in 2017 - Greentech Media - Dec 29 As of December 12, when heads of state joined to commemorate the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, 327...more

Solar Test Case Heads to North Carolina Supreme Court

The North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), a Durham, North Carolina based activist group, has filed an appeal of a North Carolina Court of Appeals decision upholding the North Carolina Utilities...more

4 International Arbitration Cases To Watch In 2018

Charles Adams, the leader of Orrick’s International Arbitration & Dispute resolution team, recently spoke with Law360 regarding international arbitration cases to watch in 2018. Charles gave his thoughts on the continuation...more

House Bill Would Extend the ITC to Standalone Energy Storage Systems

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The investment tax credit (“ITC”) plays a major role in driving investment in the U.S. solar energy market. Earlier this month, two members of Congress introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to provide a...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - UC researchers identify nontraditional sites for future solar farms - UC Riverside - Dec 19 There’s a tradeoff when sprawling solar farms pop up on agricultural land: farmland disappears, perhaps forever, in...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2017 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - $1 billion program will bring rooftop solar to California renters - San Jose Mercury News - Dec 16 Over the next decade, roughly 150,000 low-income renters in California will see their...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017 #3

Trump Delivers a Mixed Message on His National Security Approach - "In another shift from his predecessor, Mr. Trump's strategy does not recognize the changing climate as a threat to national security. The document instead...more

California Feed-in-Tariff Program that Promotes Renewable Energy Procurement (Re-MAT) Found To Be Unconstitutional

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As California marches forward with its aggressive renewable energy targets, expecting to procure half of its electricity from renewables by 2030, a recent federal district court decision calls into question the...more

USITC Remedy Recommendations in Solar Cell Section 201 Investigation on the President’s Desk for Consideration

by Morgan Lewis on

At the end of January 2018, President Trump will decide whether to impose tariffs and quotas on imports of solar cells and modules, as the US solar industry braces for the worst, and continues to lobby against the recommended...more

Green Loans Pave the Way for Green CLOs and Green RMBS

by White & Case LLP on

While green bonds have been the darling of the capital markets for the past few years, there has not been the same level of discussion about green loans. We expect 2018 to be a transformational year for the green loan market...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - U.S. tax bill to preserve key renewable energy credits, sources say - Reuters - Dec 14 The final version of comprehensive tax legislation being negotiated by House and Senate lawmakers will preserve key...more

Court Holds Federal Law Preempts California Regulations Promoting Renewable Energy Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A solar developer claimed that California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) orders promoting solar and wind generation under 3 megawatts (MW) prevented it from securing a contract from a utility under the Public Utility...more

U.S. Trade Representative Requests Further Information on Remedy Recommendations for Imported Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic...

by Bryan Cave on

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) sent President Trump its formal report on its “Global Safeguard” investigation into imports of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic (CSPV) cells (whether or not...more

From Red to Black: Using Tax Credit Programs to Complete the Project

Similar to other industries in today’s economy, our contractor and developer clients deal in a highly competitive marketplace. As contractors and developers seek opportunities to expand business, they should consider some...more

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