Tenth Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Colorado’s Renewable Energy Mandate On July 13, the Tenth Circuit upheld Colorado’s renewable energy mandate against a claim that it impermissibly interferes with interstate commerce. This decision, addressing a state’s power to encourage or require the development of renewable energy resources and infrastructure, is significant because EPA’s Clean Power Plan—expected to be finalized within weeks—contemplates such policies as one… Continue Reading

Yesterday, the White House hosted a Clean Energy Investment Summit where Vice President Biden highlighted more than $4 billion in pledges from major foundations and long -term investors to fund climate change solutions. Coupled with these commitments, the Obama administration also announced several executive actions to stimulate further private sector investments in clean energy technologies. Together,... Continue Reading

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In early June 2015, the UK Department for Energy & Climate Change (“DECC”) was expected to announce plans to close the existing subsidy scheme for onshore wind, the Renewables Obligation (“RO”), to new generating capacity a year earlier than expected. This announcement has been delayed amid concerns that it could spark potential legal challenges from... Continue Reading

In an ambitious and unprecedented move, Hawaii is aiming to increase its current renewable energy output of 21% to a 100% quota by 2045. The state, which carries some of the U.S.’s highest electricity costs, is riding the momentum of decreasing renewable energy prices. Legislators believe Hawaii’s abundant sunshine, wind, ocean and tidal waves, and... Continue Reading

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), U.S. Forest Service, Department of Energy, and General Services Administration (“GSA”) released a final solicitation for the Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Project (“FASPP”).  Through the FASPP, these agencies seek to acquire cost-effective solar electricity at nine federal sites located throughout northern California and northern Nevada.  The... Continue Reading
Monday Morning Regulatory Review:  Waters of the U.S.; Renewable Fuels; Open Internet; Shepherd's Wages; Immigration Executive Action

Half a dozen highlights from regulatory practice last week – from environmental to communications, to labor to immigration. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Engineers) submitted a controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule for executive and interagency review, and EPA also proposed resolution of the long delayed Renewable... Continue Reading

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On October 17, 2014, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy issued a solicitation for proposals to construct and operate a large-scale renewable energy project at Fort Hood in Texas, the U.S. military’s largest active duty armored post.  The Fort Hood project is part of the efforts of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI), which... Continue Reading
IRS Releases New Guidance on Beginning of Renewable Energy Project Construction The IRS recently released Notice 2014-46 (the Notice) which provides welcome guidance to tax equity investors and developers on the construction of wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and certain hydropower and marine hydrokinetic energy projects for purposes of qualifying for the section 45 renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC), or the section 48 investment tax … Continue reading this entry
On August 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-46 in response to continued industry requests for clarification on several aspects of the renewable electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC) under section 45, or the energy Investment Tax Credit under section 48 in lieu of the PTC (ITC election). The biggest policy development in... Continue Reading