Policy Watch – Page 2

Virginia Governor Signs Bundle Of Clean Energy Bills

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 09, 2017

Joined by clean energy industry stakeholders and several bill patrons on Monday at the Executive Mansion, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., ceremoniously signed 11 bipartisan bills passed by the state legislature earlier this year that promote the use of solar and [Read More]

U.S. Reps Launch Advanced Energy Storage Caucus

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 09, 2017

U.S. Reps. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., and Mark Takano, D-Calif., have launched the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus in Congress. The two lawmakers created a similar Battery Energy Storage Caucus in 2015, and this latest endeavor builds on that effort with an [Read More]

Sen. Wyden Introduces Clean Energy Bill To Streamline Tax Credits

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 05, 2017

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced a bill to overhaul and streamline the current system for federal energy tax credits. According to Wyden, the proposed Clean Energy for America Act includes technology-neutral tax credits for [Read More]

Fla. Legislature Green-Lights Pro-Solar Amendment 4

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 04, 2017

On Thursday, the Florida legislature officially approved a bill to implement the pro-solar Amendment 4, which voters overwhelmingly passed with 73% of the vote on the August 2016 primary ballot. The bill, S.B.90, is slated to reduce tax barriers for [Read More]

Trump Taps Renewables Critic To Head Clean Energy Office

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 04, 2017

President Donald Trump has reportedly made his pick for the next head of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE): Daniel Simmons, former vice president of policy at the Institute for Energy Research [Read More]

Wholesale Power Markets’ Role In Helping States Achieve Decarbonization

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 03, 2017

How can wholesale power markets and state policies work together to achieve decarbonization and reliability objectives at a low cost? In response to questions posed at Tuesday’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Technical Conference, Dr. Samuel Newell, principal at The [Read More]

City Of Atlanta Commits To 100% Renewable Energy

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 02, 2017

Atlanta has become the 27th city in the country to officially commit to transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously approved a measure that establishes a community-wide goal of transitioning [Read More]

Groups Appeal Maine PUC’s Solar Ruling In State Supreme Court

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 02, 2017

The battle of net energy metering (NEM) in Maine continues, with the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and partners filing a notice of appeal Monday at the Maine Supreme Court challenging the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) recent decision to roll [Read More]

Federal Court Suspends Clean Power Plan Case

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 01, 2017

On Friday, a federal court approved the Trump administration’s request to suspend the litigation over the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The decision comes after President Donald Trump signed a number of executive orders aimed at rolling back Obama-era environmental and [Read More]

California Energy Storage Rebate Bill Advances In Senate

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 01, 2017

The California Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee approved a bill last week that would require the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to establish an Energy Storage Initiative that provides rebates for the installation of energy storage systems. S.B.700, authored [Read More]