Content Category: Policy Watch
500 Solar Businesses Show Support For EPA's Clean Power Plan
on 23 Oct 2014 by SI Staff
Over 500 solar industry leaders from hundreds of businesses have signed and issued a joint letter to the White House, endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating [read more]
After Massachusetts' 'Godfather Of Solar' Exits, Will The New Gov. Step Up?
on 16 Oct 2014 by Mark Del Franco email the content item print the content item
When it comes to solar advocacy, Massachusetts' next chief executive will likely have big shoes to fill. That's because Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., is term-limited and, therefore, cannot seek re-election [read more]
Volatility Creeping Into Mass. Solar Sector Shakes Up Larger Developers
on 09 Oct 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
Solar policy in Massachusetts is not a house of cards in the sense that it did not all come crashing down when somebody bumped the table this summer. However, there [read more]
U.S. Bureau Of Land Management Proposes New Rule To Spur Solar Development On Public Land
on 26 Sep 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed new regulations intended to promote the use of "designated leasing areas" for solar and wind energy development [read more]
Minnesota PUC Green-Lights Xcel's Community Solar Gardens Program
on 23 Sep 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
As expected, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved Xcel Energy's Community Solar Garden (CSG) program, with some minor modifications. Sara Bergan, an energy law attorney in the Minneapolis [read more]
White House Issues Executive Actions On Solar Power
on 19 Sep 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
The Obama administration has issued a series of executive actions designed to advance solar energy in the U.S., including a new website to coordinate federal solar deployment. The executive actions [read more]
Study Showcases Effective State Renewable Energy Policies To Help Meet Pending EPA Rules
on 11 Sep 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
A new study spotlights state renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs that could be adopted by their neighbors to improve their economies and reduce emissions cost-effectively. The study, produced by Stanford [read more]
White House Picks Colette Honorable To Join FERC
on 02 Sep 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
President Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate Colette Honorable as a commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Honorable currently is commissioner and chair of the Arkansas [read more]
N.Y. Property Tax Exemption For Renewables Bill Ready For Signature
on 26 Aug 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
In a move that is expected to boost renewable energy in the state, the New York legislature has sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo a bill (A.09446) that would extend property tax [read more]
California Legislature Passes Streamlined Solar Permitting Bill
on 21 Aug 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
A bill establishing a streamlined permitting and inspection procedure for small, residential solar energy systems has passed out of the California State Assembly. Assembly Bill 2188 requires municipalities, in consultation [read more]
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