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New York Solar Initiative Moves Forward

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It has been a busy month for the solar industry in New York State. This activity includes new solar tax credits, the awarding of approximately $30 million to various solar project developers, and the announcement that another $107 million is available for businesses that install large photovoltaic (PV) systems in New York. But before we… Continue Reading

Will the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit Play a Major Role in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election?

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Because the federal wind energy production tax credit (PTC) is set to expire at the end of this year, there has been a great deal of public speculation as to whether the PTC will be extended and the stance of the two presidential nominees. A July 15, 2012 Des Moines Register article reported that Republican… Continue Reading

More Federal Lands to Become Available for Renewable Energy Production

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On the eve of the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0, Interior Secretary Salazar announced a joint effort between the Department of the Interior and the Department of Defense (DoD) to identify lands that are used by the military and suitable for renewable energy production. Secretary Salazar and Defense Secretary Panetta have signed a memorandum of… Continue Reading

U.S. Government Moves to Fast Track Solar Development on Public Lands

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Last week, the Obama administration—through the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Energy—released the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for an initial set of 17 solar energy zones on 285,000 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) across six western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada,… Continue Reading

Expiration of the Production Tax Credit Dominates Discussion at WINDPOWER 2012

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Two recent articles—a North American Windpower article by Mark Del Franco and an Associated Press article by Ashley Hopkinson—reported on the opening session of the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2012 Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta. Both articles noted that the discussion focused extensively on the pending expiration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC). The… Continue Reading

Alternative Financing Options for Renewable Energy Projects: The Next Step?

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There has been a lot of discussion centered around potential alternative financing options for renewable energy projects over the past several years. In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, Felix Mormann and Dan Reicher of Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance elaborated on this issue when they highlighted the difficulty in… Continue Reading