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eSolar Shines in China

A southern California start-up founded by Bill Gross (the founder of Idealab ) is the first company of its size to land a major solar deal in China. Bill Gross’ eSolar recently announced that it had inked a deal with China Shandong Penglai Electric Power Equipment Manufacturing Co. to build...

Renewable Energy Law Developments – American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law – Renewable Energy Committee

This report from the Renewable Energy Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law looks at recent renewable energy law developments. The report begins by noting that “The past few years have seen a shift in public attention, public...

Energy Independence: Still a Long, Tough Slog

By John L. Watkins, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP Last week, I attended an event on bioenergy sponsored by the German American Chamber of Commerce. The featured speaker was Mr. Jörg Mayer, the Managing Director of the Renewable Energies Agency in Berlin, Germany. By way of background, Germany...

Arizona Extends Energy Tax Breaks for Solar

Arizona recently extended its sales tax exemption and investment tax credit for solar energy devices installed within the state. The sales tax exemption was set to expire and has now been extended to 2016. The investment tax credit has been extended through 2018. The legislation (Arizona H.B. 2700...

Renewable energy projects in the UK – new opportunities

In a seminar at its London office on 24 June 2010 international law firm Watson Farley Williams highlighted new opportunities for commercial-scale renewable energy projects in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) following the introduction of 'feed in tariffs'. Introduced in April 2010, feed...

Renewable Energy Developments: Grants

By American Bar Association Section of Public Utility and Renewable Energy Committee This Emerging Issues Analysis from the American Bar Association's Renewable Energy Committee looks at state and local loan programs for clean energy programs. Despite broad and growing interest in clean...

Solar Power: Law and Economics

By Linda M. Bullen, Shareholder, Lionel Sawyer & Collins; General Editor Bradley M. Marten Solar energy is one of the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy sources in the world. Although current technology exists which allows the effective use of this power, substantial challenges still...

Energy: Proactive Strategies to Meet Renewable Portfolio Standards

The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may expand the already substantial compliance and operational issues facing the energy sector. Aggressive efforts by regulators at the federal and state/provincial levels in the United States and Canada have been increasingly focused...

Deadline Looming for 1603 Cash Grants for Investments in Non-Traditional Energy Projects

The Section 1603 cash grant program has encouraged investments in solar, wind, and other non-traditional energy projects since its enactment in 2009. The latest U.S. Treasury estimates indicate that nearly 20,000 grants have been awarded with total funding in excess of $9 billion. These grant payments...

Challenge Made to Imports of Chinese Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells and Panels

A new petition was filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Department of Commerce on October 19, 2011, alleging that imports of crystalline silicon solar cells and panels from China are being sold at unfair value (i.e., "dumped") in the U.S. The petition also alleges that...

The Wind and the Sun

By Gregory C. Dorris, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP Æsop Fables (Sixth century B.C.). The Harvard Classics 1909-14. Moral of the Story "Kindness Effects More Than Severity" THE WIND and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: MIT Study Demonstrates Demand Response’s Role in Balancing Renewables

By Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School MIT released an interdisciplinary study on December 5, 2011, that examines "The Future of the Electric Grid." Among many interesting findings, it nicely details the challenges we will face...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio and California Legislatures Approve Measures for Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking

ENERGY: The OHIO House and Senate approve SB 315, which requires greater disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The measure also requires water sampling within 1,500 feet of proposed water wells, mandates...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Brown Has Golden State Thinking Big Even In Tough Times

Brown Has Golden State Thinking Big Even In Tough Times During the 30-plus years Barbara O'Connor has known California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), she says the man once derided as "Gov. Moonbeam" has developed a well-deserved reputation as someone never inclined to back down from a big challenge...