Monday, December 11, 2017

State of Massachusetts Awards $20 Million for Energy Storage Projects

by Ben Grayson
The State of Massachusetts recently awarded $20 million worth of grants to 26 energy storage demonstration projects. The awards are an extension of the state’s June announcement that called for a 200 megawatt-hour energy storage target for the state’s three electric distribution companies to achieve by 2020. According to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the projects will add 85 megawatt-hours of storage capacity to the state’s 7 megawatt-hours of storage currently installed.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

16 Projects Awarded PPAs in Mexico's Third Power Auction

With an average price of $20.57 per MW of clean energy (MWh + clean energy certificate), the Mexican independent system operator (CENACE) announced the official results of the third long-term power auction. The average price of energy and clean energy certificates in this auction is almost 40% lower than the average of $33.47 obtained in the 2016 second long-term power auction.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

GOP Tax Plan Hurts US Wind Development Forecasts

by Ben Grayson

Under current IRS rules, wind developers can claim the full amount of the federal production tax credit (PTC) through 2020 if they either started physical work of a significant nature or spent at least five percent of total project costs before the end of 2016. The date of beginning construction is irrelevant as long as construction is complete by 2020. As a result, a popular way to capture the credit is to have purchased turbines before the end of 2016. Developers can either begin construction immediately or warehouse the equipment.

Friday, November 3, 2017

October 31 ITC Section 201 Remedies Decision

On October 31, the International Trade Commission (ITC) released its recommended  remedies following its September finding of “serious injury” to domestic solar cell and module manufactures by foreign imports. The Commission made three recommendations, all of which were less burdensome on importers than what Suniva and Solar World Americas were seeking in their original Section 201 petition.

Friday, October 27, 2017

FERC Finds That New York Waited Too Long to Deny the Millennium Pipeline's Water Quality Certificate

On September 15, 2017 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) waived its authority to deny (or issue) a water quality certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act for the approximate 7.8-mile long Millennium Pipeline project in Orange County, New York. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Suniva, SolarWorld Tariff Case Turns to Remedies

Following the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) September 22 decision that foreign manufacturing of solar cells and panels have contributed to “serious injury” among US cell and panel manufacturers, the focus of the solar industry has now turned to the potential remedies that the ITC will recommend to the President in its November 13 report. Under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 (codified in 19 U.S.C. § 2253), the ITC will recommend an imposition of tariffs, quotas or other trade remedies. Last week, the ITC Commissioners began hearing petitions over potential remedies. Suniva and SolarWorld, the two companies behind the Section 201 petition to the ITC, have proposed a $0.32c/W tariff be included in the price of solar panels from abroad. While SolarWorld is also seeking relief through quotas, some attention should be paid to the tariff remedy of $0.32c/W that Suniva and SolarWorld are seeking.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Southland Charges Up Battery Storage Financings

The largest non-recourse financing of energy storage assets anywhere in the world is the US$2.3 billion financing of the AES Southland project in the USA that closed in June 2017. The project included a 100 MW, utility-scale battery energy storage system located in California, a 10 MW utility-scale battery energy storage system in Arizona and two combined-cycle gas-fired power projects with a combined capacity of 1,284 MW in California. The 100 MW battery will provide capacity to the local utility, Southern California Edison, under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).