Content Category: Policy Watch
Solar Sector Fears WTO Ruling Against Tariffs Won't Save The U.S. From Itself
on 22 Jul 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
Last week, a panel of judges from the World Trade Organization (WTO) declared that the U.S. imposition of tariffs on China-source solar photovoltaic products is a violation of international trade [read more]
PSC Authorizes NYSERDA To Double Term For Renewable Energy Contracts
on 11 Jul 2014 by SI Staff
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to begin issuing 20-year contracts for renewable energy projects, increasing the [read more]
Trade Reps Launch Global Talks To Eliminate Tariffs On Environmental Goods
on 10 Jul 2014 by SI Staff
Diplomats from 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) members have launched a set of plurilateral talks intended to eliminate tariffs on so-called "environmental goods" - products such as solar panels, wind [read more]
EPA Must Tread Carefully On Greenhouse Gas Rules After Supreme Court Decision
on 01 Jul 2014 by Michael Puttre
In its June 23 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed a previous holding that greenhouse gases are a regulated pollutant. On the other hand, the ruling significantly curtails the Environmental [read more]
New Illinois Law Allocates Up To $30 Million For Solar Purchases
on 30 Jun 2014 by SI Staff
On June 28, Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill, signed legislation tasking an agency with spending millions of dollars to purchase solar-produced electricity in Illinois. The law, which is effective immediately, also [read more]
Bill To Streamline Solar Permitting Passes California Senate Committee
on 26 Jun 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
The California Senate's Governance and Finance Committee has approved a bill (AB.2188) establishing a streamlined permitting and inspection procedure for solar energy systems. The bipartisan vote of 6-1 moves the [read more]
Mass. Solar Companies Unhappy With Proposed Incentive Changes
on 19 Jun 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
The Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE) says certain provisions of a bill (H.4185) produced by the Massachusetts legislature are problematic from the standpoint of its membership, which [read more]
Ohio Calls For A Two-Year Time-Out On Its Renewable Energy Requirements
on 18 Jun 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
Last Friday, Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, signed legislation freezing the alternative energy and solar energy requirements for the state's public utilities at 2014 levels, which are 2.5% and 0.12%, respectively. [read more]
U.S.-China PV Trade War Escalates With Preliminary Commerce Finding
on 04 Jun 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
As expected, the U.S. Department of Commerce has made a preliminary finding that certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from the People's Republic of China are being dumped on the U.S. [read more]
Grid Parity For Solar Likely As The EPA Drives Coal Into The Sunset
on 03 Jun 2014 by Mark Del Franco and Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) sweeping proposal to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants under Section 111 (d) under the Clean Air Act will invariably mean less [read more]
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