DOE Announces Record U.S. Wind Energy Production, New Study on Solar Land Requirements

In three recently issued reports, the Department of Energy made public significant new developments in U.S. renewable energy generation. • DOE’s August 6 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report notes that, in the past year, wind energy became the top source of new U.S. electricity production...

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Massive Solar Plan For Minnesota Wins Bid Over Gas

Minnesota soon could see at least a sevenfold expansion of solar power. In an unprecedented ruling, a judge reviewing whether Xcel Energy should invest in new natural gas generators vs. large solar power arrays concluded Tuesday that solar is a better deal. If the finding by Administrative Law...

State of the (Solar) Union

By Jason Barglow Viewers of President Obama’s State of the Union address may have noticed the President making a strong, albeit brief, statement in support of solar energy in the United States. The President commented, “It’s not just oil and natural gas production that’s...

Executory Forward SREC Contracts - What Exactly Does This Mean?

By J. Wylie Donald What happens to the payment for a solar renewable energy credit (SREC) when the payor closes its doors? Maryland citizens are finding out the hard way. The promises made to some of them are turning up empty. Here are the details. Greenspring Energy was a promising solar installation...

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $1 Billion Commitment to Long-Term Funding of Solar Energy in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a nearly $1 billion commitment to further expand the state’s solar energy industry by providing long-term funding certainty with the goal of boosting existing businesses and attracting new investments to New York. The $1 billion will be committed to...

Foley & Lardner LLP: 1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California

By Jason W. Allen , William D. DuFour III and Justus J. Britt The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 1-3 MW (AC) in order to create a CPAU-branded Community Solar Program. The CPAU has stated that its primary objectives for such program are to help facilitate...

NY Property Tax Exemption Extension for Renewable Systems

The New York legislature has passed a bill that extends a real property tax exemption for wind, solar and certain other energy systems until January 1, 2025. The bill provides that real property which includes an eligible energy system is exempt from certain real property taxes for a period of fifteen...

1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 1-3 MW (AC) in order to create a CPAU-branded Community Solar Program. The CPAU has stated that its primary objectives for such program are to help facilitate reaching the City of Palo Alto’s target of meeting...

WTO Rules U.S. Countervailing Duties on Solar Panels Violate Global Trade Rules

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that U.S. countervailing duties imposed on a range of Chinese products, including solar panels, violated global trade rules by imposing punitive import duties. The ruling by the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) stems from China’s August 20...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Landmark Massachusetts Net-Metering Bill Goes Up in Smoke as Watered-Down Compromise Bill Is Agreed to on Last Day of Legislative Session

By John A. Eliason and Kurt R. Rempe An eleventh-hour compromise by the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee effectively gutted the highly publicized net metering and solar power bill, which, as proposed, was considered by many including the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to be...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Energy Innovation in the Northeast Boosts the Solar Market

By Samuel J. Scroggins Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey are pioneering some of the nation’s most interesting developments in the retail energy space today that have important implications for the solar industry. In Massachusetts, the state has built...