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Tenth Circuit Upholds Colorado’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

On July 13, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (“Tenth Circuit”) upheld the State of Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”) as valid under the dormant commerce clause.  In doing so, the Tenth Circuit held that the RPS (1) was not a price control statute, (2) did not link prices in Colorado with those paid out of state, and (3) did not discriminate against out-of-state electric generators.  As a result, Colorado may continue to require that 20 percent of all electricity sold to Colorado consumers, regardless of where it is produced, comes from renewable sources. [Read more →]

July 20, 2015   Comments Off

AWEA Petitions FERC to Significantly Reform Pro Forma Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreement

On July 7, 2015, the Commission issued a notice calling for comments on a Petition for Rulemaking filed by the American Wind Energy Association (“AWEA”) on June 19, 2015 in Docket No. RM15-21-000.  In its petition, AWEA requested that the Commission initiate a rulemaking to significantly amend the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures (“GIP”) and Large Generation Interconnection Agreement (“GIA”), in order to alleviate what it described as “unduly discriminatory and unreasonable barriers to generator market access.”  Comments on the petition are due August 6, 2015. [Read more →]

July 14, 2015   Comments Off

Without Tax Credit Extensions, Returns or PPAs for Renewables Will Have to Give, GAO Says

SNL reports that if Congress does not extend a pair of subsidies for the renewable energy industry, new construction will slow unless retail electricity providers pay significantly more for wind and solar power or developers forfeit a big chunk of their returns, the U.S. Government Accountability Office projected in a recent report.

The results should not come as a surprise to developers of utilities. [Read more →]

June 5, 2015   Comments Off

Calif. Senate Passes Climate Package Aiming for 50% Renewable Power, Halving Petroleum Use

California’s Senate yesterday accelerated the state’s push for clean energy, passing a bundle of climate bills that aimed to shrink sharply greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable power to 50 percent of electricity and chop in half petroleum use by 2030. [Read more →]

June 4, 2015   Comments Off

Interior Department Approves First Solar Energy Zone Projects

An Interior Department press release reports that: “As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced on Monday the approval of the first three solar energy projects to benefit from the streamlined permitting process of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Western Solar Plan. When built, the three solar energy projects on public lands in Clark County, Nevada, will generate up to 440 megawatts of energy – enough electricity to power roughly 132,000 homes – and are expected to create up to 1,900 construction jobs.”

June 3, 2015   Comments Off