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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

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

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

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

Contrary Legal Winds at Cape Wind - Opponents of Offshore Wind Sue Asserting Preemption
Posted on 13 Mar 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald Would you care to hazard a guess at how long it takes to bring online an offshore wind farm in the United States? At the moment, it is 12+ years and counting. A recent court filing arguing constitutional questions is certain... Read More

Another Anti-Wind Power Appeal Dismissed
Posted on 19 Jun 2014 by Dianne Saxe

Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal: May 14, 2014, Pitt v. MOE ERT Registry Number: 13-121. The Wainfleet Wind Energy Project can now proceed, despite objections from a skydiving club. The ERT... Read More

Troutman Sanders: FERC Approves Novel NOA Amendment To Address Network Upgrades Required Solely To Accommodate QFs Siting In Constrained Areas
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Troutman Sanders

In an order issued May 21, 2015, FERC approved an amendment to PacifiCorp’s Network Operating Agreement (“NOA”) between PacifiCorp and its merchant function, PacifiCorp Energy, allowing for a new planning redispatch protocol. The amendment... Read More

Troutman Sanders: IRS Releases Updated Guidance Further Clarifying ‘Beginning of Construction’ For Renewable Energy Facilities
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Troutman Sanders

On March 11, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-25, which updates its prior guidance to reflect the extension of the beginning of construction deadline for the PTC and ITC made by the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (TIPA... Read More

Troutman Sanders: Southern Co. Teams Withy Tesla On Powerwall
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Troutman Sanders

The Atlanta Business Chronicle (5/28, Couret, Subscription Publication, 130K) reports that “at its annual stockholders meeting on Wednesday,” Southern Company reported that it has entered into an agreement with Tesla to “test commercial... Read More

This is Real Law: Green Side Up: The Current State of Renewable Energy Mandates
Posted on 23 Sep 2014 by Real Law Editorial Team

By the Real Law Editorial Team With a hundred or so empty pop cans, you can comfortably heat a small building. Perforated and sealed end-to-end, those cans become a manifold inside a wood or metal frame with a clear panel sealed on the front. Solar... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: HUD Notice Has Potential To Encourage Broad PHA Renewable Energy Rollout
Posted on 25 Aug 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Sharon Wilson Géno and Darin M. Lowder In an effort to support President Obama's July 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued Notice PIH-2014-18 (HA) . The notice offers guidance... Read More

Foley & Lardner LLP: 1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California
Posted on 14 Jul 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

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... Read More