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Renewable Energy Vision

In a decision that rapidly rippled throughout the electricity generation community—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order terminating its docket intended to review the Department of Energy’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR). The NOPR, widely recognized as an attempt to shore up uneconomic coal and nuclear, was rejected for failure to establish a sufficient record that current wholesale rates are unjust and unreasonable, as required by the Federal Power Act. Following the final 2017 tax bill – which included amendments largely saving tax equity investment in renewable projects - this week’s FERC order sends a strong signal to the market, and one that should inform President Trump’s final remedy decision in the ITC solar trade case. Here are five key points to consider:

August 29 -- Most people find it tough to get excited about regulators. But President Obama’s nomination of Ron Binz to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is reason to sit up and take notice. View Article

August 9 -- As former commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, we object to your July 30 editorial "Ron Binz's Rules for Radicals" criticizing Ron Binz, the president's nominee to chair the FERC, and implying that the FERC is pursuing an agenda unconstrained by law or national policy. >>View Article

April 25 -- The U.S. power grid is vulnerable to terrorist attacks, and the growing use of rooftop solar panels will provide protection against lengthy blackouts, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said. >>View Article 

April 15 -- Renewables are leading again. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has just released a report for the first three months of 2013. The report is called the “Energy Infrastructure Update” and it shows that renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) have accounted for 82% of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed for the first quarter of 2013. The total amount of the combined renewables came in at 1,546 MW. >>View Article

March 27 -- Last Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued three big orders on regional Order 1000 compliance filings – a rule that may accelerate wind and solar energy development and expand the use of energy efficiency, demand response and other non-wires solutions in grid planning. >>View Article

March 19 -- Wind energy made up 60.5% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in January and February, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) latest Energy Infrastructure Update. >>View Article

February 21 -- Renewable energy accounted for all new electric capacity added in the United States last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In all, 1,231 megawatts of new generating capacity were installed in January. Of that total, wind provided 958 megawatts, solar chipped in 267 megawatts and biomass contributed 6 megawatts. >>View Article

December 7 -- The latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects states that renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) accounted for 41.14% of new electrical generating capacity installed in October 2012 and 46.22% for the first ten months of 2012. >>View Article

October 31 -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 26 approved the sale of a Kansas wind power project to affiliates of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE). >>View Article 

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