On September 14, 2016, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued letters to seven companies requesting information about their financing of solar projects and use of the Section 1603 grant and other federal energy incentives. The letters do not appear to be publicly available through the Committees; however, several news organizations are reporting on the inquiry based on purported copies of the documents they obtained.
News reports say Senator Hatch and Representative Brady sent two different letters on behalf of the Committees. The first seeks information regarding yieldco ownership. This letter requests information concerning the organizational structure of each targeted company (including the ownership of any yieldcos), Section 1603 grant applications filed by the entity or any subsidiary, and whether any subsidiaries are in bankruptcy.
September 22, 2016 Comments Off on Congressional Tax Panels Investigate Solar Tax Incentives
On August 1, 2016, the New York Public Service Commission approved the state’s plan to achieve fifty percent of its generation needs from renewables. In so doing, New York joins a handful of other states (including California Hawaii and Vermont) with ambitious clean energy goals at or above the fifty-percent mark.
August 2, 2016 Comments Off on NY Approves Goal for 50% Renewable Energy by 2030
White House Council on Environmental Quality Releases Final Guidance on Considering Climate Change in Environmental Reviews
Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released final guidance for Federal agencies on how to consider the impacts of their actions on climate change in their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. The guidance is intended to help agencies make informed and transparent decisions about the impacts of climate change associated with their actions. [Read more →]
August 2, 2016 Comments Off on White House Council on Environmental Quality Releases Final Guidance on Considering Climate Change in Environmental Reviews
from Washington Energy Report
On July 21, 2016, FERC issued a declaratory order related to a qualifying facility’s (“QF”) right to sell its capacity and energy pursuant to a legally enforceable obligation under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (“PURPA”). Specifically, FERC held that: (1) regardless of whether a QF has previously sold its renewable energy credits (“RECs”) under a separate contract, a QF has the right to sell its output pursuant to a legally enforceable obligation (“LEO”), and (2) regardless of whether a QF has participated in a request for proposal, a QF has the right to obtain a LEO. [Read more →]
July 26, 2016 Comments Off on FERC Issues Declaratory Order on QFs’ PURPA Rights
From Washington Energy Report
On June 16, 2016, FERC revised the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (“LGIA”) and the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (“SGIA”) to require wind generators to design their facilities to be capable of providing reactive power at their points of interconnection as a condition of interconnection. As a result, going forward all newly interconnecting non-synchronous generators, including wind generators, must be able to provide reactive power as a condition of interconnection. [Read more →]
June 22, 2016 Comments Off on FERC Issues Rule Eliminating Exemptions for Wind Generators from Reactive Power Requirements