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NCUC’s Ruling Finds Utility Watchdog Group in Violation of North Carolina Law for its Sale of Solar Power to Greensboro Church

A recent ruling in North Carolina highlights the importance to solar developers and non-profits in understanding the extent to which applicable state rules permit third-part sales of electricity or other PPA-type arrangements. [Read more →]

April 28, 2016   Comments Off on NCUC’s Ruling Finds Utility Watchdog Group in Violation of North Carolina Law for its Sale of Solar Power to Greensboro Church

FERC Reaffirms Renewables Exemption to ISO-NE MOPR on Voluntary Remand from the DC Circuit

From Washington Energy Report

On April 8, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), on voluntary remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“DC Circuit”), reaffirmed its approval of an exemption of up to 200 MW of renewable resources from ISO New England Inc’s (“ISO-NE”) minimum offer pricing rule (“MOPR”) in ISO-NE’s Forward Capacity Market (“FCM”). Barring further legal challenges, the renewables exemption will remain effective as of June 1, 2014. [Read more →]

April 19, 2016   Comments Off on FERC Reaffirms Renewables Exemption to ISO-NE MOPR on Voluntary Remand from the DC Circuit

Maryland Governor Reauthorizes Act with 40 Percent Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

On April 4, 2016, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law Senate Bill 323 (“SB 323”), the Reauthorization of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act, which requires Maryland to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2006 levels by 2030. Going forward, Maryland’s Department of the Environment (“MDE”) is directed to propose an initial plan to meet the reduction goals, hold workshops to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment, and then adopt a final plan by the end of 2019. [Read more →]

April 13, 2016   Comments Off on Maryland Governor Reauthorizes Act with 40 Percent Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

ITC for Energy Storage under Consideration

Energy storage is considered the next frontier in the renewable energy world. For certain energy storage systems, the ITC can serve as a valuable financial incentive that could help promote the widespread adoption of storage. [Read more →]

March 29, 2016   Comments Off on ITC for Energy Storage under Consideration

Oregon Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan signed into law

Oregon governor Kate Brown has signed into law the popular Oregon Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan. This landmark piece of legislation, among other things, (i) completely phases out the supply of electricity from coal fired generation facilities for Oregon utility customers, (ii) increases the renewable portfolio standard in Oregon and (iii) establishes a community solar program statewide.  [Read more →]

March 29, 2016   Comments Off on Oregon Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan signed into law