SolarWorld Files New Trade Petition against China and Taiwan

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has opposed SolarWorld’s latest trade petition against anti-competitive trade practices of China and Taiwan, calling for negotiations to end the trade dispute. On December 31, 2013, international solar power system manufacturer SolarWorld filed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce...

Bipartisan Budget Act Foreshadows an Energy Emphasis in 2014

On December 10, 2013, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) proposed the 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act, a two-year budget agreement that would provide $63B in sequester relief and reduce the fiscal deficit by $20B to $23B. Overview Lawmakers now have several weeks to appropriate the budget...

Senate Finance Committee Proposes Energy Tax Incentive Reforms

The Senate Finance Committee’s latest energy tax reform proposal focuses on technology-neutral and performance-based energy tax credits. On December 18, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released an energy tax reform draft that would overhaul federal energy-related tax incentives and consolidate provisions supporting renewable energy.  Notably, the proposal focuses on establishing tax credits...

EIA Projects Strong Growth in U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Production

EIA’s latest Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) projects a 56 percent increase in natural gas production by 2040, overtaking coal as the largest share of U.S. electric power generation. On December 16, 2013, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the AEO 2014 Early Release Overview presenting updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040.  The AEO...

Largest Rooftop Solar PV System Installed under NY-Sun Initiative

New York State’s largest rooftop solar PV system connects to the Con Edison network through smart grid technology and computer-controlled remote monitoring. On December 9, 2013, NY State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of the state’s largest rooftop solar installation under the NY-Sun initiative.  The 1.56 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system, installed at...

Clean Energy Banks Offer Financial Alternatives to Federal and State Subsidies

Development of clean energy and energy efficiency solutions are confronted by challenges including federal policy uncertainties jeopardizing grants and tax credits, state budget constraints, and insufficient capital markets. Several states are exploring ways to leverage public resources with innovative banking and financial mechanisms to facilitate large-scale deployment of low-carbon technologies. Overview Many federal energy subsidies...

DOE Awards $30M to Advance Distributed Generation

DOE has announced $30M to develop electrochemical technologies for low-cost distributed generation. On November 25, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $30M in funding to advance distributed power generation technologies under the Advanced Research Projects Agency –Energy’s (APRA-E) Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS).  The REBELS project will support transformational electrochemical...