Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chile's Renewable Goals

by Ignacio Alfaro and Jacob Yaniero

The Chilean renewable energy market continues its ascent towards its goal of having 70% of the country’s generation mix coming from renewable energy sources by the year 2050. While this goal is not legally binding, it sends a strong message to the energy industry regarding the importance of renewables. Later this year, Chile will hold presidential elections and all of the candidates appear to support the 70% goal, both from an environmental perspective and an economic one.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Massachusetts Sets Energy Storage Target

by Todd Alexander, Shellka Arora and Nadim Damluji

Massachusetts is the third state to issue a 2020 energy storage target for its utilities: 200 MWh. This comes on the heels of California releasing a target for its utilities to procure a combined total of 1.325 GW of energy storage by January 1, 2020 and Oregon targeting its utilities to procure a minimum of 5 MWh per utility by January 1, 2020.

Friday, August 4, 2017

More Capacity Comes with Significant Changes for Solar Developers in North Carolina

North Carolina, the nation’s second-leading state for solar, passed a law last week that could fundamentally change how developers operate in the State. Session Law 2017-192 titled Competitive Energy Solutions for NC passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper last Thursday. While the Law has garnered attention for its 18-month moratorium on wind permits, solar developers should focus instead on the many other changes that will come from the Law. Three of the most significant changes are discussed below.