California Cap and Trade Program Strong after First Year of Operation

On February 19, 2014, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) held its sixth carbon allowance auction. Auction results over the first year show that compliance entities are becoming more comfortable with program and that investor market confidence is growing. Similarly, a secondary allowance market is also developing as market confidence grows. Overview The California Air...

Q1 2014 RGGI Auction Indicates Renewed Northeast Carbon Market

On March 4, 2014, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) held the first carbon allowance auction under the new Model Rule. Auction prices reached record levels and high market participation and allowance demand exhausted the 5 million allowance Cost Containment Reserve. Overview The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation’s first mandatory market-based cap-and-trade...

NYPA Releases 2014-2019 Strategic Vision

The New York Power Authority has released its updated strategic plan outlining actionable initiatives to attain a transformed energy system. On March 26, 2014, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) released its Strategic Vision 2014-2019, an updated strategic plan aimed to boost economic growth by providing more value to NYPA customers.  Through the plan, NYPA...

FERC Order 1000 and the Changing Power Transmission Landscape

The traditional electricity power grid is undergoing a historic shift with the emergence of decentralized power generation. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is charged with overseeing complex state, regional, and local transmission laws and regulatory environments, which can vary significantly. This variance, combined with a more open transmission project market may lead to increased...

Indiana Feed-in Tariff for Renewable Energy Facilities

Indiana’s new Feed-in tariff (FiT) program will allow customers to sell electricity produced by renewable energy facilities to their electric utilities at favorable rates. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) will establish an electric utility FiT program, which requires utilities purchasing electricity generated from a renewable energy facility to enter a standard contract for a...

Conference of Mayors Release Block Grant Funding Report

On February 27th, the Conference of Mayors released survey findings summarizing how cities across the nation spent $2.7b in funding disbursed through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). This program, authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was designed to provide state and local governments federal support to carry out...

FY 2015 Budget Proposal Highlights Clean Energy and Climate Resilience

The FY 2015 budget plan proposes $27.9B in DOE funding, reiterating President Obama’s commitment to a low-carbon future and energy infrastructure resilience. President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget plan released on March 4, 2014 allocates $27.9B for the Department of Energy (DOE), a 2.6 percent increase from the 2014 enacted level.  It reflects DOE reorganization...

California PV Panel Collection and Recycling Programs

Senator Monning introduces Photovoltaic Panel Collection and Recycling Act of 2014 under the Hazardous Waste Control Law. The solar industry is rapidly evolving with new and complex materials in efforts to make improvements in efficiency and economic feasibility. Environmental, health, and safety issues are on the rise with technological advancements, especially in product manufacturing and...

ARPA-E Update: $625M Private Funding Leveraged

To date, the 2009 Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has invested $900M for innovative projects leveraging $625M in private funding. On February 25, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced that it has advanced 22 innovative projects over the past five years, leveraging approximately $625M private funding following its...