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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

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

New York Public Service Commission Authorizes Longer Term NYSERDA REC Agreements
Posted on 30 Jul 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

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

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

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 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

Rhode Island Heating Oil To Include Biofuels
Posted on 23 Jul 2013 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT: RHODE ISLAND Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) signs HB 5802, legislation that requires heating oil in the Ocean State contain 5 percent biofuel by 2017 (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL). — Compiled by RICH EHISEN The above article is provided by the... 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