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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

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

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

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

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

Arizona’s Net Metering Battle Resolved, With Modest Fee Added for Solar
Posted on 27 Jan 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... 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

State of the (Solar) Union
Posted on 20 Feb 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

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... Read More

NY Property Tax Exemption Extension for Renewable Systems
Posted on 5 Aug 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

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... Read More

Massive Solar Plan For Minnesota Wins Bid Over Gas
Posted on 23 Jan 2014 by Troutman Sanders

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... Read More

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
Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

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... Read More

Foley & Lardner LLP: Energy Innovation in the Northeast Boosts the Solar Market
Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

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... Read More