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State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio and California Legislatures Approve Measures for Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking

ENERGY: The OHIO House and Senate approve SB 315, which requires greater disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The measure also requires water sampling within 1,500 feet of proposed water wells, mandates...

Green Patent Blog: Little “e” is Key as eSolar eNforces eCo-mark

eSolar is a Burbank, California, solar thermal company that makes solar power plants using flat mirrors, or heliostats, to concentrate sunlight onto a centrally located water tank suspended on a tower. This type of structure is known as "power tower" architecture. The company owns U.S. Trademark...

Green Patent Blog: More Downstream Solar Patent Lit: SolarDock Sues Former Disciples of the Mount

Blue Sunny Skies and Sun Energy Partners f/k/a McConnell Energy Solutions and d/b/a SolarDock is a Delaware company that makes solar module mounting systems. SolarDock owns U.S. Patent No. 6,968,654 , entitled "Solar panel mounting structure, solar panel system, and methods of making and installing...

Troutman Sanders: DOI and DOE Release 'Roadmap' for Solar Energy Development

On July 27, 2012, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") and the Department of Energy ("DOE") announced the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement ("PEIS") for solar energy development in Arizona...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Brown Has Golden State Thinking Big Even In Tough Times

Brown Has Golden State Thinking Big Even In Tough Times During the 30-plus years Barbara O'Connor has known California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), she says the man once derided as "Gov. Moonbeam" has developed a well-deserved reputation as someone never inclined to back down from a big challenge...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 4, 2012

Budget & Taxes TAX TALK ABOUNDS IN STATES: Last month, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) proposed doing something no state has done for over three decades: eliminating income taxes. (The last to do so was Alaska, which abolished its personal income tax in 1980.) Several other Republican governors...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 4, 2013

Budget & Taxes TAX TALK ABOUNDS IN STATES: Last month, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) proposed doing something no state has done for over three decades: eliminating income taxes. (The last to do so was Alaska, which abolished its personal income tax in 1980.) Several other Republican governors...

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy Becoming Battleground Issue

Last month's "fiscal cliff" deal temporarily extended several federal renewable energy incentives, such as the tax credit for producers of wind energy. But with investor confidence in renewable energy still somewhat shaky in comparison to more established energy sources like natural gas...

Green Patent Blog: Class Action Suit Says Sunrun’s Electricity Price Ain’t Right

A Greentech Media piece picked up an interesting item: a recently filed class action lawsuit accusing residential solar provider Sunrun of making deceptive statements about the rising cost of electricity to make its solar installations more attractive to consumers. The complaint , filed in...

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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CEPGI Q1 Report Shows Solar Patents Challenging Fuel Cell Lead

The Heslin Rothenberg firm recently published its Clean Energy Patent Growth Index First Quarter 2013 Results . Always an interesting read, the CEPGI is a quarterly publication that tracks grants of U.S. patents directed to clean energy technologies. The biggest headline item of the Q1 2013 report...

Foley & Lardner LLP: SolarWorld Files New Anti-dumping And Anti-subsidy Cases Against China And Taiwan Solar Cells

On December 31, 2013, SolarWorld Industries America Inc. petitioned the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to begin antidumping investigations against the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan and a countervailing duty investigation against the People’s Republic...

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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...

Arizona’s Net Metering Battle Resolved, With Modest Fee Added for Solar

By Sascha Yim, Guest Blogger* In the latest development in the country’s unfolding net metering battle, the Arizona Corporation Commission recently ruled that the state’s utility, Arizona Public Service (APS), could impose a $0.70 per kilowatt charge on solar customers beginning in...

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...