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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

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

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

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

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

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

SolarWorld Files New Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Cases Against China and Taiwan Solar Cells
Posted on 22 Jan 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

On December 31, 2013, SolarWorld Industries America Inc. petitioned the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to begin antidumping investigations against the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan and a countervailing duty... 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

Colorado Ruling Upholds Renewable Energy Standard but Leaves Questions Unanswered
Posted on 15 Jul 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

A Colorado federal judge has dismissed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard (“RES”). Colorado’s RES was created by the passage of Amendment 37 in 2004 and codified in 2005 as Colorado... Read More

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