energy_solarSuniva, Inc., a bankrupt U.S. producer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells, filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking relief from the effects of importation of foreign manufactured CSPV cells and modules. Suniva requests relief in the form of a minimum price for solar modules imported into the United States and imposition of an additional four-year tariff on all imported CSPV cells and modules that would establish a price-per-watt for inbound foreign competitors double that of current levels.

The requested relief calls for Continue Reading Proposed Tariffs Could Dramatically Affect Expansion of U.S. Solar Industry

Horn_Robert sachs_adam2016In the name of job creation, the Trump Administration is attempting to single-handedly bring back the coal industry via executive action.  But while the president may be scoring political points in coal country, as a practical matter that’s really not where energy sector job growth will come from in the next few years.

Nevertheless, the past several months have seen a resurgence of the long dormant coal industry.  Hampered by a number of factors Continue Reading Around the Horn: Trump’s Support for Coal and the Future of Renewables

energy_solarToday we highlight the Quadrennial Energy Review’s (“QER”) focus on grid modernization through increased renewable generation and its identification of opportunities to improve development, project financing, access, and the siting process. Part I of our series focused on “infrastructure challenges,” namely transmission and distribution and storage.

Renewable Generation Development

QER 1.2 dedicates significant analysis to renewable generation based on Federal environmental objectives. To encourage the deployment of clean energy generation, it recommends Continue Reading “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” Part II: Renewable Generation

Illinois sealOn December 7, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 2814. This bill adds a zero-emission facility standard to Illinois’ existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), protects funds dedicated to RPS compliance, and directs the Illinois Power Agency to conduct procurements for electricity generated by new wind and solar projects. The full client alert is available here on Husch Blackwell’s Energy and Natural Resources page.

Trump_&_ClintonAs the presidential election season enters its final, frenzied phase, it has become readily apparent that which of the two candidates is elected as the new the President of the United States on November 8 will have a monumental impact on the nation’s energy future.  Although Democrats and Republicans traditionally differ on their energy views, policy experts have stated that the sharp disconnect between Hilary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s competing plans concerning energy and climate change is nothing short of historic.  Continue Reading Clinton’s and Trump’s Energy Plans Emphasize Divide

biofuels-refinery-cornfield-iStock_000014433282_LargeAn uptick in recent federal enforcement actions involving renewable fuel credits is signaling that market participants can expect more fraud investigations and prosecutions as federal regulators strive to maintain control over the renewable fuel credit program.  The enforcement actions involve the trading of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program. Continue Reading Fraudulent RIN Cases Underscore Continuing Concerns for Renewable Fuel Credit Program

On the Horizon imageHusch Blackwell and the Texas Renewable Energies Industries Alliance have teamed up to produce a webinar series titled, On the Horizon, focused on the Texas solar industry.  The latest installment focused on solar leases and mineral right issues and is now available on-demand. The panelists discussed recommended provisions for solar leases including steps solar project developers can take to anticipate mineral estate operations and lessen the potential impact of right of access under the Texas’ Accommodation Doctrine.

Register here for the final two webinars of the year: Continue Reading Texas Solar Webinar Series

Energy storageMassachusetts took a significant step to acknowledge that effective and efficient renewable energy storage – the commercial capture of renewable energy to offset demand at a later time – can aid in the growth of wind and solar power and save ratepayers money. Massachusetts may become the third state to adopt a renewable energy storage mandate, following in the footsteps of California and Oregon. In August, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill, titled “An Act to Promote Energy Diversity,” that gives the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) the ability to mandate what the energy storage targets. Continue Reading Massachusetts Takes Big Step Towards Increasing Energy Storage

ecological power plantAs noted in our March 24, 2016 client alert discussing possible opportunities under Cuba’s 2030 renewable energy plan (and published by Windpower Engineering & Development’s website here), new rules by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) permit U.S. companies to travel to Cuba without a license to perform market research, conduct marketing efforts and perform preliminary contract negotiations.

Now, scheduled flights to Cuba resume after more than 50 years, allowing interested U.S. businesses to begin networking and establishing relationships in Cuba while they wait for the licensing program and portfolio projects to take shape. Continue Reading Renewable Development Eased by Lifting of Cuba Flight Ban