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Could Smart Inverters Play A Large Role In Illinois’ Energy Future?

Contributors
Written by Rebecca Goold on July 20, 2017

Last week, a federal judge protected Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to grow the state’s solar capacity to over 3,000 MW by 2030 – enough to power approximately half-a-million homes. The expected influx in distributed resources like [Read More]

Utility Regulators OK Microsoft-PSE Renewable Energy Settlement

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 20, 2017

Under a newly approved settlement agreement between Microsoft Corp. and Washington utility Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the tech giant will be able to purchase clean energy from the wholesale market to power its Puget Sound facility in Washington state. The [Read More]

New Study Tallies U.S. Distributed Solar Policy Actions In Q2

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 20, 2017

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia took some form of action on distributed solar policy and rate design changes in the second quarter of this year (Q1’17), according to the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s (NCCETC) latest edition of its [Read More]

N.Y. Launches Toolkit To Help Municipalities Advance Solar Projects

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 20, 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has developed a Solar PILOT Toolkit to assist the state’s municipalities in understanding and negotiating payment-in-lieu-of taxes (PILOT) agreements for solar projects larger than 1 MW, including community solar projects. [Read More]

Regulators Approve Hawaiian Electric’s Roadmap To 100% Renewables

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 19, 2017

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has accepted utility company Hawaiian Electric’s plan charting near-term actions leading to 100% renewable energy by 2045. The Power Supply Improvement Plan Update, accepted by the PUC on July 14, describes the work by [Read More]

San Diego Agency Seeks Energy Storage Project Proposals

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 19, 2017

The San Diego County Water Authority has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a potential joint energy storage project with the City of San Diego. According to the public agency, the project could lessen upward pressure on water rates [Read More]

Trade Case Was ‘The Elephant In The Room’ At Intersolar NA

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on July 18, 2017

Industry players chimed in on the controversial Section 201 petition during last week’s Intersolar North America trade show.

DOE Launches ‘Hit Me With Your SunShot’ Photo Contest

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative made headlines last week after announcing millions of dollars in funding for research projects, and now the federal program is launching a fun contest to see your best solar photos. The SunShot [Read More]

Xcel Renewable Energy Program Powers Minneapolis Facilities

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 18, 2017

Thanks to utility Xcel Energy’s Renewable*Connect program, the Minneapolis Convention Center and one of the city’s two drinking-water facilities will be powered in part by local wind and solar energy. The City of Minneapolis and Xcel Energy have a new [Read More]

Court Ruling Affirms States’ Authority On Renewable Energy Policy

Contributors
Written by Miles Farmer on July 17, 2017

States’ authority to enact clean energy policy was significantly bolstered last week in an important federal district court decision. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a challenge from fossil fuel companies that objected to an Illinois [Read More]