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California Market for Large-Scale Renewable Projects Gains New Momentum from the Passage of California Assembly Bill 327
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Troutman Sanders

In a 33-5 vote on September 10, the California State Assembly passed an assembly bill that could help to rekindle the large-scale renewable energy project market in California. The bill, AB 327 [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ],... Read More

WTO Rules U.S. Countervailing Duties on Solar Panels Violate Global Trade Rules
Posted on 7 Aug 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

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... Read More

Ballard Spahr LL:P: Hawai’i Enacts Legislation Creating Community-Based Renewable Energy Program
Posted on 1 Jul 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Howard H. Shafferman and Katie Leesman A law that could significantly expand access to renewable energy generation in Hawai’i through a new community-based renewable energy program was approved by Governor David Ing on June 8, 2015. While... Read More

DOE Announces Record U.S. Wind Energy Production, New Study on Solar Land Requirements
Posted on 20 Sep 2013 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

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... Read More

DOI Announces July Auction of 160,000 Acres for Offshore Wind Development
Posted on 14 Jun 2013 by Troutman Sanders

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) issued the Final Sale Notice for the sale of commercial wind energy leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. The auction is scheduled to... Read More

DLA Piper Asia-Pacific Energy Sector Update: Financing Renewable Energy Projects
Posted on 22 Jul 2015 by DLA Piper

Despite scepticism around climate change in certain countries in the region, we continue to see growing investment in renewable energy and carbon reduction technologies across the Asia Pacific. Our current mandates include renewable energy projects across... Read More

President Increases Federal Agency Renewable Energy Goals
Posted on 15 Jan 2014 by Troutman Sanders

On December 5, 2013, President Obama issued a Memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies to push the “Administration’s climate change goals and increase development of new renewable energy sources.” With respect... Read More

New DOE Renewable Energy Data Book Shows Fast Growth for Wind and Solar Photovoltaics
Posted on 14 Jan 2014 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published its 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on November 23, 2013, reporting significant growth, particularly for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Compared to... Read More

Solicitation for Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects Published
Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Troutman Sanders

On July 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy Loans Program Office published a solicitation for Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects. Under the solicitation, eligible projects include Renewable Energy Projects... Read More

1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California
Posted on 6 Aug 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

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... Read More

Cohasset Wind Turbine Project Can Move Forward, Appeals Court Rules
Posted on 30 Jul 2014 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

Controversial Wind Turbine Project Approved, Over Neighbors’ Opposition, Appeals Court Rules Plans for a controversial wind turbine on top of Turkey Hill in swanky coastal Cohasset could soon move forward after the Massachusetts Appeals Court... Read More

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $1 Billion Commitment to Long-Term Funding of Solar Energy in New York
Posted on 19 Jun 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

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... Read More

Executory Forward SREC Contracts - What Exactly Does This Mean?
Posted on 15 Apr 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

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... Read More

Troutman Sanders: FERC Offers EPA Advice On Commission’s Potential Role In Clean Power Plan
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Troutman Sanders

On May 15, 2015, the FERC commissioners sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) addressing two areas where FERC could contribute to maintaining reliability under EPA’s Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). FERC’s... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: New York Public Service Commission Authorizes Longer Term NYSERDA REC Agreements
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 by Troutman Sanders

In a July order , the New York Public Service Commission authorizes the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to offer longer-term, fixed-price renewable energy credit agreements, extending the maximum term from ten to twenty... Read More