Content Category: Policy Watch
Report Says Germany’s PV Experience Represents Lessons Learned For Solar Adoption
on 01 Aug 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
As an early and enthusiastic adopter of solar power, Germany has long been held up as an example for other nations to follow. Recent disruptions in the electricity markets and [read more]
Fees For DG Solar Fire Up Advocates And Utilities In Utah And Massachusetts
on 29 Jul 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
This week, the Utah Public Services Commission has been holding hearings on a proposed $4.65 monthly fee that Rocky Mountain Power wants to charge its residential solar customers. At issue, [read more]
U.S. Imposes Tariffs On PV Imports From Taiwan And Adds New Duties On Imports From China
on 28 Jul 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
As expected, the U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed another set of tariffs on solar photovoltaic modules imported to the U.S. from China and has also imposed such tariffs on [read more]
Solar Sector Fears WTO Ruling Against Tariffs Won't Save The U.S. From Itself
on 22 Jul 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
Last week, a panel of judges from the World Trade Organization (WTO) declared that the U.S. imposition of tariffs on China-source solar photovoltaic products is a violation of international trade [read more]
PSC Authorizes NYSERDA To Double Term For Renewable Energy Contracts
on 11 Jul 2014 by SI Staff
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to begin issuing 20-year contracts for renewable energy projects, increasing the [read more]
Trade Reps Launch Global Talks To Eliminate Tariffs On Environmental Goods
on 10 Jul 2014 by SI Staff
Diplomats from 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) members have launched a set of plurilateral talks intended to eliminate tariffs on so-called "environmental goods" - products such as solar panels, wind [read more]
EPA Must Tread Carefully On Greenhouse Gas Rules After Supreme Court Decision
on 01 Jul 2014 by Michael Puttre
In its June 23 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed a previous holding that greenhouse gases are a regulated pollutant. On the other hand, the ruling significantly curtails the Environmental [read more]
New Illinois Law Allocates Up To $30 Million For Solar Purchases
on 30 Jun 2014 by SI Staff
On June 28, Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill, signed legislation tasking an agency with spending millions of dollars to purchase solar-produced electricity in Illinois. The law, which is effective immediately, also [read more]
Bill To Streamline Solar Permitting Passes California Senate Committee
on 26 Jun 2014 by SI Staff email the content item print the content item
The California Senate's Governance and Finance Committee has approved a bill (AB.2188) establishing a streamlined permitting and inspection procedure for solar energy systems. The bipartisan vote of 6-1 moves the [read more]
Mass. Solar Companies Unhappy With Proposed Incentive Changes
on 19 Jun 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
The Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE) says certain provisions of a bill (H.4185) produced by the Massachusetts legislature are problematic from the standpoint of its membership, which [read more]
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