Policy Watch

Minn. Regulators Approve Xcel’s Renewable Energy Pilot

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 17, 2017

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission approved a pilot program that will offer Minnesotans a flexible way to tap into wind and solar power, Xcel Energy has announced. Dubbed Renewable*Connect, Xcel’s new program will allow customers to subscribe to wind and/or solar [Read More]

NV Energy Contests Nevada Regulators’ Solar-Friendly NEM Ruling

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 13, 2017

The drama in Nevada continues. Major utility company NV Energy has requested that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) reconsider its December 2016 decision to restore retail net energy metering (NEM) in northern Nevada. Led by a new chairman, [Read More]

Gov. Cuomo Announces $360M For N.Y. Renewable Energy Projects

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 13, 2017

As part of his 2017 State of the State goals, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced $360 million in awards for 11 large-scale renewable energy projects throughout New York. According to the New York State Energy Research and Development [Read More]

Calif. Senator Proposes Statewide Solar Mandate For New Buildings

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 10, 2017

Scott Wiener, a newly elected California state senator representing District 11, has introduced legislation to require the installation of solar power on new residential and commercial buildings throughout California. The statewide requirement would resemble a city mandate Wiener authored and [Read More]

Renewables Industry ‘More Than Ready’ For N.Y. Nuclear Plant Closure

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 09, 2017

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced the closure of a 2 GW nuclear power plant in New York by April 2021. Renewable energy advocates have applauded the decision and say it provides an opportunity to further bolster solar and [Read More]

Sunrun Adds U.S. Sen. Reid’s Top Energy Advisor To Policy Team

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 09, 2017

Residential solar company Sunrun has announced that former U.S. Senate Leader Harry Reid’s top energy advisor, Alex McDonough, is joining Sunrun as vice president of public policy. He will lead Sunrun’s Western states advocacy. “Sunrun has demonstrated a commitment to [Read More]

Maryland Reveals 2017 Investment Plans For Green Jobs, Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., has announced the state’s 2017 environmental agenda, which includes initiatives to grow jobs in green industries, invest in renewable energy resources, promote the use of electric vehicles and promote clean water commerce. Hogan’s 2017 Environmental Package [Read More]

Massachusetts Readies Energy Storage Targets

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 03, 2017

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is pushing forward to establish energy storage procurement goals in the state after the agency found such targets “prudent.” In August, Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass., signed a comprehensive energy law that, among other [Read More]

States Call On Trump To Support Clean Power Plan

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 03, 2017

A coalition of 19 states and localities, led by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, has called on President-elect Donald Trump to continue the federal government’s defense of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP). In [Read More]

Minnesota Agency Launches Latest Round Of Solar Incentives

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 30, 2016

The Minnesota Commerce Department has announced applications for the fourth year of the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program will be accepted beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, and ending at 4:30 p.m. CST on Feb. 28, 2017. Administered by the [Read More]