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Frank Pallone and Joe Manchin: Gatekeepers of the Biden energy agenda

As heads of powerful congressional committees, Frank Pallone and Joe Manchin will act as the gatekeepers for any meaningful energy and climate policy. However with Pallone’s focus on healthcare and Manchin’s reputation as a conservative Democrat from a coal state, how much can Biden realistically expect to see accomplished?

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Ironridge shareholders sue Esdec over 2019 merger, allege fraud

The shareholders have filed a lawsuit alleging that Esdec concocted a plan to defraud them and has been avoiding buyout payments.

Could HB 786 halt the growth of solar in Ohio?

The controversial legislation looks to ban the development and construction of new solar and wind farms greater than 50 MW in capacity in the Buckeye State for the next three years

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South Carolina regulators tell Dominion to rethink its coal fleet

Regulators ordered the utility to evaluate the risks and environmental costs of operating its coal plants, and consider options to replace the plants with clean energy alternatives.

Virginia looks to kick off 2021 with a solar subscription program

SB629 would allow the state’s Dominion Energy customers to buy solar power via subscription from a shared power facility owned by a third-party entity, with 30% of the program’s initial 150 MW capacity being reserved for low- or middle-income subscribers.

Solar roundup: Lower export fees in Michigan and net metering takes a hit in Vermont

Consumers Energy cuts solar export fees in Michigan, while net metering takes a hit in Vermont. And TVA wants feedback on an environmental report for a planned 50 MW solar and 200 MWh storage project in Mississippi.

Six of the year’s most impactful solar policies, courtesy of SELC

The 2020 “Solar Makers” include states, regulators and utilities taking action to encourage rooftop solar. This year’s “Solar Brakers” include utility policies that SELC says undermine rooftop solar as a cost-effective choice.

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Illinois’ small-scale solar incentives are tapped out, leaving developers in the dark

The final incentives from the state’s 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act have been awarded. With no emergency funds or new legislation pending, thousands of jobs could be at stake.

New CESA report claims California needs to deploy 55 GW of long duration energy storage by 2045

The new report is in-line with models developed by state regulators, however helping the state to achieve such rapid and exponential deployment goals will require significant regulatory and procurement overhaul.

Ohio bill looks to ban large-scale solar development

Just a year removed from the passing of the state’s controversial House Bill 6, legislation has been introduced that would halt the development and buildout of large-scale renewable projects for up to three years.

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