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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017 #2

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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

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017

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PG&E goes for 165MW of energy storage towards 2024 mandate - Energy Storage News - Dec 6 Investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has furthered its commitment towards the state’s mandated target for energy...more

CPUC Reopens TOU Grandfathering Grace Period Eligibility - Public Agencies Must Submit Application by Dec. 31

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission recently approved a proposal to re-open the application period for public agencies with solar projects under development to qualify for time-of-use rate grandfathering protections....more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): Will Gruber (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County, Arkansas jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Top energy storage projects driving the sector in 2017 - Utility Dive - Nov 28 2017 could go down as the year regulated utilities took the lead in energy storage. Several of the most notable energy storage...more

Senate Tax Proposal Provides Encouraging News for Wind

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch recently released his Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Senate Proposal) in advance of the Senate Finance Committee markup scheduled to begin today. The Senate...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - Kilroy celebrates new solar project in Carmel Valley - Del Mar Times - Nov 9 Kilroy Realty celebrated its new solar project with a ribbon-cutting event on November 2 at Kilroy Centre Del...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2017

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Focus - Wells Fargo global operations now powered by 100 percent renewable energy - PennEnergy - Nov 8 Wells Fargo & Company has announced that 100 percent of its global electricity consumption for 2017 will be met with...more

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

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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

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