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Senators Introduce Legislation Requiring Federal Renewable Electricity Standard
by SI Staff on 08 Apr 2011
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M, and Mark Udall, D-Colo., have introduced legislation that would establish a federal renewable energy standard (RES). The legislation would require utilities to generate 25% of [read more]
Iowa State Senate Approves Legislation Offering Tax Credits For Solar Installations
by SI Staff on 05 Apr 2011
By a vote of 49-1, the Iowa Senate has passed S.F.516, which provides tax credits for the installation of solar energy and wind energy systems. According to the bill's text, [read more]
Obama Reiterates Call For Clean Energy Standard, Discusses Oil Dependency
by Angela Beniwal on 31 Mar 2011
During a speech Wednesday morning at Georgetown University, President Obama discussed how to create a more secure energy future for the U.S. He cited the crisis in the Middle East [read more]
California Legislature Approves 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard
by SI Staff on 30 Mar 2011
S.B.2X, authored by State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, has cleared the California State Assembly, after passing the Senate on a vote of 26-11 last month. The legislation would require [read more]
Japan Raises Commercial Solar Feed-In-Tariff Rates, Cuts Residential Rates
by SI Staff on 30 Mar 2011
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has announced an increase to the country's feed-in-tariff (FIT) rates: Starting April 1, utilities will pay 40 yen (approximately $0.48)/kWh for nonresidential PV [read more]
New Senate White Paper Raises Key Questions About Energy Standards
by Mark Del Franco on 24 Mar 2011
In the context of Japan's recent nuclear crisis, the U.S. Senate's Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) is taking a serious look at the reforms and policy goals that [read more]
California Judge Rules Against California Cap-And-Trade Program
by SI Staff on 23 Mar 2011
California's cap-and-trade initiative, scheduled to be implemented next year by the state's Air Resources Board (ARB) as part of the state's A.B.32 climate-change law, has encountered a legal obstacle. Judge [read more]
State Policy Spotlight: What If Iowa Deployed 300 MW Of Solar Power?
by Jessica Lillian on 10 Mar 2011
Although well known for its thriving wind energy industry, Iowa has yet to become a major player in the U.S. solar market. With the right policies in place, however, the [read more]
France Enacts Further Cuts To Solar FIT
by SI Staff on 10 Mar 2011
French Minister for the Environment Nathalie Kosciuso-Morizet has announced a new, reduced solar feed-in-tariff (FIT) rate: 0.12 euros per kWh for both roof-mounted and ground-mounted systems over 100 kW in [read more]
Senate's Continuing Resolution Would Preserve DOE Loan-Guarantee Program
by SI Staff on 09 Mar 2011
The U.S. Senate's Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, has introduced a continuing resolution (CR) covering funding for the remainder of fiscal-year 2011. Although the CR [read more]
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