Monthly Archives: December 2016

Undoing Obama’s Energy Legislation and Policy Won’t Be Easy

Forbes: Trump’s Energy Policy Agenda Faces Landmines And Lawsuits The Obama administration is pouring as much regulatory sand in the Trump team’s energy policy fuel tank as possible on its way out the door. Incoming policymakers will need to carefully decide where to focus effort/political capital because they won’t be able to overturn everything at

How to Expand Solar Access to New York’s Affordable Housing Community

A new alliance has formed to make sure New York City’s ambitious solar expansion reaches the low-income residents who have so far been left behind. Siting and developing solar rooftop projects in New York City can be challenging, but low-income populations face unique obstacles in terms of attention from the private sector and access to

5 Trends Utilities Need to Watch in 2017

As 2016 fades away, a new year approaches with a new set of unknowns for the evolving energy sector. A variety of different assets are coming online and challenging utilities that, even a few years ago, did not have to consider the problems of states such as California and Hawaii. But with challenge, comes opportunity.

Less Than 0.5% of Institutional Dollars Are Invested in Cleantech

In 2015, clean energy investment set a new record with $329 billion flowing to the sector, even as fossil fuel prices plummeted. But only a fraction of those dollars came from institutional investors, according to a new white paper from World Economic Forum. Of the top 500 asset owners in the world, including foundations, pensions

Engie: Renewables Could Drag Oil Prices Down To $10 a Barrel

Kyiv Post: Ukraine Pushes For Solar Power Investors in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Ukraine wants to attract investors to the designated exclusion area around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site. The government plans to present the site to potential investors at the upcoming Expo-2017 exposition in Kazakhstan. Today, the Ukrainian government maintains a 30-kilometer-wide exclusion zone around

Gov. Brown Appoints New Public Utility Commissioners to Replace Florio and Sandoval

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed environmental policy experts Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen to the California Public Utilities Commission, replacing commissioners Michael Florio and Catherine Sandoval whose six-year terms conclude on January 1, 2017. Martha Guzman Aceves, 39, has served as a deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of the Governor since 2011,

Enphase’s $17M Equity Raise Buys Time but Pressures Stock Price

Last Friday, the day before Christmas Eve, microinverter pioneer Enphase filed for a $17 million equity offering. This was not an unexpected event and completes a previously announced $35 million shelf offering. According to an SEC document, Enphase “entered into an At Market Issuance Sales Agreement with FBR Capital Markets & Co” as sales agent

Panasonic to Invest $256 Million in Tesla’s Solar Cell Factory in NY

Reuters: Panasonic to Invest Over $256 million in Tesla’s U.S. Plant for Solar Cells Panasonic Corp (6752.T) will invest more than 30 billion yen ($256 million) in a New York production facility of Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors (TSLA.O) to make photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, deepening a partnership of the two companies. Tesla’s shares were