Five Ways Smaller Companies Are Accessing Renewable Electricity

The boom in corporate renewable energy buying over the past five years has changed the electricity landscape.  Thanks to rapidly falling prices in clean technologies—bolstered in the U.S. by the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar—corporate offtake from new capacity projects has played a major role…

FERC Transforms the Role of Storage in Wholesale Markets

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously approved a rule that will break down barriers for energy storage deployment in wholesale energy markets. Current regional transmission organization (RTO) and independent system operator (ISO) rules for resource participation in wholesale electricity markets reflect the fact that for the last century electricity generation has been…

2018 Outlook: Resilient Investors Cautiously Optimistic for New Year

The uncertainty surrounding tax reform kept many U.S. renewables investors in “wait-and-see” mode throughout 2017. Those brave enough to push forward despite the political backdrop did so vigilantly, with many expending additional financial and legal resources to keep their options open. Each legislative turn drove new scenarios and document drafts. Without a confirmed corporate tax…

When Common Sense Prevails Over Politics: 5 Indicators FERC Decision Should Inform Looming ITC Remedy

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…

Responding to The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial on Wind Energy and Tax Reform

The Wall Street Journal published a misguided editorial over the weekend that supported the House tax bill’s damaging provisions to retroactively revise wind incentives. I wanted to share ACORE’s response in my letter to the editor, which was published in print on Nov. 15 as the lead response to their editorial (full text below).  Wind, Solar Are Shedding Subsidies. Oil?…

A Better Path for Reliability, Resilience and Affordability

A few weeks ago, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intervene in the nation’s electricity markets to establish new rules that would have electricity consumers subsidize uneconomical coal and nuclear power plants and pay more for power in their electricity bills. In response, today ACORE submitted comments to FERC emphasizing the important…