Hawaiian Electric Companies Propose Comprehensive Energy Plans

Hawaiian Electric Companies have proposed comprehensive electric energy plans with a goal to achieve more than 65 percent renewable energy by 2030.   On August 26, 2014, the Hawaiian Electric Companies – Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light Company – proposed electric energy plans in response to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC)…

New York’s Solar Programs Merge under NY-Sun Incentive Program

The NY-Sun Incentive Program, a conflation of New York’s multiple solar programs, aims to establish a self-sustaining solar industry by stimulating private sector participation. On August 21, 2014, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the transition of New York’s solar programs to the single NY-Sun Incentive program to support solar industry growth through the…

Vermont’s First Solar Microgrid Project with Battery Backup

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power has begun work on an innovative solar project that combines energy storage and microgrid integration. On August 12, 2014, Green Mountain Power (GMP), a Vermont electricity utility, announced breaking ground on the $10M Stafford Hill Solar Farm project in Rutland, Vermont.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it is the…

IRS Clarifies Eligibility Criteria for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

IRS Notice 2014-46 provides additional eligibility clarification for renewable energy tax credits and lowers the Safe Harbor requirement from 5 percent to 3 percent. On August 8, 2014, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance (Notice 2014-26) providing additional clarification regarding eligibility requirements for the renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC)…

Solar PV Tariffs Close Dumping Loophole but Increase Domestic Costs

To avoid 2012 import solar PV tariffs, Chinese manufacturers outsourced production to nearby Taiwan. Recognizing this, SolarWorld has petitioned the Department of Commerce for new antidumping and countervailing duty tariffs. Domestic manufacturers support the tariffs in an effort to become more cost-competitive and increase single-digit market shares. Installers and project developers warn that installation costs…

NYSERDA Provides Access to Solar Project Data

Information on solar projects under NYSERDA’s open enrollment solar incentive programs have been made available on the Open NY data portal. On July 31, 2014, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the availability of information on approximately 10,000 solar project applications and installations from 2003-2014 under its open enrollment solar photovoltaic…

Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Resources Bill Aims for Long-Term Clean Energy Contracts

The Clean Energy Resources Bill would require minimum annual clean energy contracts of 18.9 million megawatt-hours of electricity for 20-25 years. Massachusetts’ H.3968, An Act Relative to Clean Energy Resources, introduced by Rep. Mark J. Cusack (D-MA) and Sen. Barry R. Finegold (D-MA) on June 18, would require electricity distribution companies to solicit proposals for…

California and Mexico Sign Climate and Energy Agreements

During a Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico, California Governor Brown signed agreements with Mexico to enhance cooperation on environmental issues and encourage cross-border clean energy investments. On July 28, 2014, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Rodolfo Lacy, and Mexican National Forestry Commission Director General Jorge Rescala…

Preliminary Solar PV Antidumping Tariffs on China and Taiwan Filed by Commerce Department

The U.S. Commerce Department has announced preliminary antidumping tariffs ranging from 26-165 percent on certain solar PV products produced in China and Taiwan. On July 25, 2014, the Department of Commerce (DOC) released its preliminary findings in the antidumping duty investigations of imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) products from China and Taiwan.  DOC…

New York Doubles Contract Length for Large-Scale Renewable Projects

Revisions to New York’s Main Tier RPS will increase contract lengths for large-scale renewable projects from 10 years to 20 years, providing greater investor certainty. On July 2, 2014, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) announced major changes to the state’s Main Tier Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program to promote large-scale renewable projects….