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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

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

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

First Subsidy-Free Solar Farm Opens in UK

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The first solar farm has successfully launched in the UK without government subsidisation. Clayhill Solar Farm, a 10 megawatt (MW) site near Flitwick in Bedfordshire, is capable of generating enough power for 2500 homes. ...more

Solar Farms: Shining a Light on Zoning Requirements

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

With anticipation and wonder many of us stood still for several moments on August 21, 2017 hoping to catch at least a glimpse of the much anticipated total eclipse of the sun. Whether you were fortunate to be in the area of...more

Rhode Island Considering Legislation to Streamline Process of Developing Renewable Energy Projects

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering several bills designed to streamline the local permitting process statewide and make it easier and cheaper for developers of renewable energy projects to do business in the...more

Nevada Solar Project Survives Ninth Circuit Review Despite Impacts to Tortoise Connectivity

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment decision in favor of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and other federal officials in an...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California Senate leader unveils new proposal to phase out use of fossil fuels to generate electricity - Los Angeles Times - May 2 - California would completely phase out the use of...more

Shoreham is Catching Rays in Move from Mulligans to Megawatts

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This month, U.S.-based energy giant Invenergy expects to break ground on New York’s second largest solar farm project at the former Tallgrass golf course in Shoreham. A leader in wind and solar development, energy storage...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms - Reuters - Feb 15 - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Senator Stern proposes clean-energy storage push - Santa Clarita Valley Signal - Jan 30 - State Senator Henry Stern on Monday announced a proposal to “double down” on clean-energy...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables accounted for majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Jan 11 - Although the concrete statistics for the final months of last year aren't in...more

Final Regulations Clarify the Definition of “Real Property” Under the REIT Rules

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On August 31, 2016, the Treasury Department published final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) clarifying the definition of “real property” under the real estate investment trust (“REIT”) rules. The Final Regulations...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert - Los Angeles Times - Aug 24 - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Most California water agencies choose zero as conservation target San Jose Mercury News - Aug 17 - Governor Jerry Brown's administration two months ago dropped all mandatory water...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Tesla acquires sister firm SolarCity for $2.6 billion - VentureBeat - Aug 1 - SolarCity Corp agreed to be acquired by sister company Tesla Motors Inc. in a deal worth $200 million...more

No Doubting Thomases Allowed!

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Expert appraisers have testified that the proposed development will not adversely affect values of properties adjacent to this new development. Nevertheless, the testimony does not seem right to you. You remember the Great...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s biggest utilities break own record for solar power Sacramento Bee - Jul 15 - California’s booming solar industry had a record day last week when the state’s largest utilities...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California land officials sign off on closing Diablo Canyon nuclear plant - OC Register - Jun 29 - California State Lands Commission officials dropped their longstanding environmental...more

MN Court of Appeals Upholds PUC’s Community Solar Order

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Minnesota Court of Appeals filed its decision today affirming the Public Utilities Commission’s August 6, 2015 Order in the community solar garden proceeding, which adopted the partial settlement agreement between certain...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Forecast sees largest growth for renewable energy sources - The Hill - May 11 - Federal energy analysts are forecasting that renewable energy will see the largest growth in...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Sustainability measures pay off says Morgan Stanley report - The Registry - May 5 - Investors looking for opportunities to potentially increase returns by integrating...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar power more lucrative than crops at some U.S. farms - Renewable Energy World - Apr 5 Farmland has become fertile territory for clean energy, as solar and wind developers in North...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - United Airlines takes off with biofuel - Los Angeles Times - Mar 13 - A Boeing 737 jet that took off from Los Angeles International Airport last week looked like most other planes...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Coalition of 17 states pledge to accelerate renewable energy efforts - The Guardian - Feb 16 - A bipartisan group of 17 governors has pledged to accelerate their efforts to create a...more

North Carolina Considers Additional Statewide Permitting Requirement for Solar Farms

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

North Carolina has been a hotbed of activity for residential and utility scale solar developers. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, the Tar Heel State ranks fourth in the country in terms of installed solar...more

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