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Foley & Lardner LLP: N.Y. Property Tax Exemption Extension for Renewable Energy Systems
Posted on 11 Jul 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

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

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

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

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

Off-Shore Wind Law Suit Against Ontario Will Proceed
Posted on 23 Dec 2013 by Dianne Saxe

By Meredith James Trillium Power Wind Corporation’s planned off-shore wind farm in Lake Ontario was effectively cancelled by the provincial moratorium on off-shore wind development, openly adopted for political reasons. Trillium sued the Province... Read More

Wind Project "Take" Permits Extended to 30 Years - Eagles Nonplussed
Posted on 3 Feb 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

by J. Wylie Donald Bald and golden eagles now sleep less soundly. On January 8 the Fish and Wildlife Service’s new rule revising the regulations for permits for the taking of golden eagles and bald eagles went into effect. According... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy On Track Despite Setbacks
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by State Net

State mandates to use more renewable energy have run into some roadblocks, but many are still on target in spite of these setbacks. The relentless march of the states to greater use of renewable energy has hit some bumps on the road. The biggest... Read More

Ruling: Wind Turbine Approvals Comply With The Charter
Posted on 30 Jan 2014 by Dianne Saxe

The Environmental Review Tribunal has approved another wind farm, in Bovaird v. Director, Ministry of the Environment , Case Nos.: 13-070 to 13-075. The Dufferin Wind Power Project , in the Township of Melancthon, County of Dufferin, is now approved to... Read More

Department of the Interior Conducts Second Offshore Wind Auction
Posted on 7 Oct 2013 by Foley & Lardner LLP

On September 4, 2013, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) held its public auction of the first federal lease for an offshore wind energy site off the Mid-Atlantic coast. This was the second federal lease... Read More

New Bill Proposes Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Storage
Posted on 3 Sep 2013 by Troutman Sanders

The Storage Technology for Renewable and Green Energy Act of 2013, or STORAGE 2013 Act, seeks to make the energy grid cleaner and more efficient, and to reduce the cost of electricity to consumers. Today’s energy grid system suffers from the... Read More

Wind Turbines Don’t Hurt Property Values
Posted on 6 May 2014 by Dianne Saxe

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has released a new report, again concluding that wind turbines do not adversely affect the value of nearby properties . “MPAC commissioned this study of the effects of industrial wind turbines... Read More