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California Mandates Solar for Nearly All New Homes

In a historic move, California has become the first state in the country to require solar panels on nearly all new homes. On May 9, 2018, the California Energy Commission (CEC) unanimously approved standards that, among other things, mandate the installation of solar energy systems on all new residences and major home renovations on buildings … Continue reading this entry

FERC Votes to Encourage Electric Storage

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted to require all Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs) to revise its tariffs to establish a participation model for electric storage resources that consist of market rules that properly recognize the physical and operational characteristics of electric storage resources. FERC’s goal … Continue reading this entry

US Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill

The first broad energy bill passed in nearly a decade was passed by the Senate yesterday with an 85-12 vote margin. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, S. 2012, responds to major changes to the energy landscape spurred by the growth in renewable energy and domestic natural gas and oil production. The bill includes provisions … Continue reading this entry

CEQA Strikes Again: Supreme Court of California Decision Highlights the Importance of Managing Environmental Issues in Project Development

On Monday, the California Supreme Court halted a nearly 12,000 acre mixed-use development project that was 15-years in the making in Los Angeles County, and had earned both state and local agency support.  The reason?  The Court cited a number of environmental issues with the proposed development as the basis for its decision.  Although the … Continue reading this entry

White House Plan to Further Expand Renewable Energy Use

President Barack Obama announced on August 24, 2015, additional steps taken to increase the adoption of renewable energy. Among other things, the set of executive actions announced on Monday include making $1 billion in additional loan guarantee authority available and announcing new guidelines for distributed energy projects utilizing innovative technology and states looking to access … Continue reading this entry

The Obama Administration’s New Climate Plan to Increase Renewables

The Obama Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday unveiled the long-anticipated Clean Power Plan (the Plan), which is intended to reduce overall carbon output by, in part, promoting the installation and expansion of renewable energy resources. In a process that has spanned multiple years and has included extensive outreach and public … Continue reading this entry

Department of Energy Announces New Loan Guarantee Program for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

The Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (the “DOE”) announced on April 16, 2014, a new loan guarantee program for up to $4 billion under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act. The announcement coincides with the DOE’s release of a Draft Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project Solicitation (the “Draft Solicitation”) for … Continue reading this entry

Energy Storage Opportunities From Hawaii to New York City

Utilities across the country are currently issuing a number of requests for proposals (“RFPs”) to procure energy storage resources. The reason for the strong demand in energy storage is driven by the dramatic growth of intermittent wind and solar generation, which often time generate power off-peak. Energy storage can smooth out this fluctuation by absorbing … Continue reading this entry

New Renewable Power Financing and Investment Opportunities in New York as State Opens Billion Dollar Funding Initiative Through “NY Green Bank”

New York just recently opened the New York Green Bank (“NY Green Bank”), the largest of its kind in the nation. The NY Green Bank is a division of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and will have an initial capitalization of $210 million. This amount includes $165 million that was redirected … Continue reading this entry

Next-Generation Manufacturers Are Saving Money On Energy

Foley attorneys Tom Mullooly and Kurt Rempe recently published an article in IMPO Magazine and laying out the important steps manufacturers can take to reduce their energy costs. The article touches on the how-to’s of assigning internal responsibility for reducing overall energy costs, scrutinizing contracts with energy consultants, contractors and component suppliers, negotiating with … Continue reading this entry