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29 06, 2017

Regulatory Update: Suniva 201 Petition, Implications for Solar Buyers

By | 2017-06-29T15:52:01-07:00 June 29th, 2017|Policy|

Dubbed a doomsday scenario for U.S. solar by reporters at GTM Research, Suniva’s recent filing of a Section 201 petition could have broad, rippling effects on the utility-scale solar industry in the United States. If you haven’t heard of this yet, it’s time to listen up. To provide some background before we dive into the [...]

4 04, 2017

3 Key Developments in Energy – FED, FERC, and Future Goals

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:56-07:00 April 4th, 2017|News, Policy|

Here are three new developments that will change the course of energy prospects and prices: Which States Are Working Toward a Greener Grid? Despite the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan and related federal regulation, many states are ambitiously forging ahead with their carbon reduction efforts. In fact, as of February 2017, nine states had [...]

16 02, 2017

One Month After Inauguration: What’s in Store for Renewable Energy in the New Administration?

By | 2017-02-15T13:12:19-07:00 February 16th, 2017|Industry Trends, Policy|

Author: Jenna Bieller assists Renewable Choice in providing market-based insights, analysis, and sustainability communications. Down just 18% from its all-time high in 2015, renewable energy investment in 2016 turned out with impressive pace. Continued vigorous demand from non-utility entities, paired with the emergence of strong global solutions, indicate that clean tech progress in 2017 may be [...]

11 01, 2017

UPDATE: U.S. Tax Credit Impacts on the Financial Advantages of Renewables in 2017

By | 2017-02-13T14:54:32-07:00 January 11th, 2017|News, Policy|

Author: Jason Wykoff contracts for green power with some of the largest companies in the world Starting in 2017, the U.S. Production Tax Credit (PTC) begins its step-down, reducing the financial incentive provided to new wind projects to 80% of the full credit previously available in 2015/2016. The good news for commercial, industrial, and institutional [...]

11 11, 2016

How the 2016 Election Results May Impact Renewables

By | 2016-11-11T10:21:42-07:00 November 11th, 2016|News, Policy|

Just days after Donald Trump’s election victory, speculation on what may happen to the rapidly growing renewable energy market has been fierce.  In truth, neither we nor our partners in this space can accurately predict precisely how the new administration will affect this market. The good news is that we do know five key things: [...]

15 01, 2016

2015 was a Record-Setting Year for Renewables. 2016 Promises to Maintain the Momentum.

By | 2016-03-03T10:48:18-07:00 January 15th, 2016|Industry Trends, Policy|

2015 in a Nutshell: Combined, utility-scale wind and solar made up more than 98,000 MW of new power capacity in 2015. Of this new renewable energy capacity, corporate buyers alone locked in over 3 GW of wind and solar through Power Purchase Agreements. A trifecta of regulations (The Clean Power Plan, Paris Agreements, and extensions [...]

24 11, 2015

The What, Why, and How of Corporate Involvement in COP21

By | 2016-03-03T10:51:42-07:00 November 24th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, Policy|

In a Nutshell: Corporate sustainability leaders are making smart business decisions in alignment with COP21 to mitigate climate impact in a way that bolsters reputation, improves operations, and manages regulatory risk. What?  In less than a week, delegates from over 190 countries will convene in Paris to commence COP21: a series of climate talks with [...]

28 09, 2015

Should Solar Energy Subsidies Continue?

By | 2016-03-03T10:52:55-07:00 September 28th, 2015|Policy|

Should Subsidies for Solar Energy Production Continue? Debate over whether tax credits for solar and wind energy (ITC and PTC) should be extended is intensifying with potential sunset of these credits on the horizon. Opponents of federal support for renewables argue that market forces should determine our energy mix, not the government. The flip side [...]

14 09, 2015

The Fate of Renewable Energy Tax Credits

By | 2016-03-03T10:53:50-07:00 September 14th, 2015|Policy|

How will the renewable energy market develop now that Obama has finalized the Clean Power Plan (CPP)? While much of this is still to be determined as legislative processes unfold, understanding the policies that support the growth of renewable sources will give you a better idea of what is to come. Wading through the alphabet [...]

25 08, 2015

U.S. Clean Power Plan to Spur Renewables Growth

By | 2017-07-17T09:22:57-07:00 August 25th, 2015|Industry Trends, Policy|

Since President Obama announced the finalized Clean Power Plan on August 3rd, there has been much speculation on what the final plan will mean for states, and who will become “winners and losers” as a result of the eminent changes in our energy portfolio as a country. An article, via Chadbourne, gave a concise and [...]