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Minnesota solar installer bankruptcies leave unfinished projects, calls for better oversight

Minnesota solar installer bankruptcies leave unfinished projects, calls for better oversight

The state’s solar energy trade group has made improving consumer protections a priority after a string of bankruptcies in recent years left dozens of customers stuck with unfinished projects.
Will New York City’s largest buildings meet emissions reduction limits by 2024?

Will New York City’s largest buildings meet emissions reduction limits by 2024?

Property-owners prepare to comply with ambitious laws to cut carbon as compliance dates loom.
Renewable energy cheers revised MOPR at PJM

Renewable energy cheers revised MOPR at PJM

PJM's old MOPR was bad policy and bad politics. What's next?
Minnesota PUC fines Xcel Energy $1M for DER interconnection failures

Minnesota PUC fines Xcel Energy $1M for DER interconnection failures

Minnesota utility Xcel Energy was fined one million dollars in late January for exceeding a maximum number of customer service complaints as a result of significant delays in its processing of interconnection requests for solar projects. A ruling from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission affirms the right of consumers to reasonable customer service in the interconnection process. We provide the inside scoop based on IREC’s participation in the regulatory proceeding.
Here Comes Another Solar Trade Dispute

Here Comes Another Solar Trade Dispute

Trade complaints are nothing unusual, but they seem to have become more common in the world of solar these days. The U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Wednesday he's taking the first step toward lodging a World Trade Organization complaint against India for a policy that blocks some U.S. companies from a growing market.
More Positive Developments on Wind Turbine Sound

More Positive Developments on Wind Turbine Sound

The last few weeks have been busy ones on wind turbine sound, with new developments continuing to cast doubt on anti-wind groups' claims.Perhaps the most telling is a new study from Canada's Pembina Institute, looking at wind farm complaints (or rather, the lack of wind farm complaints) in the province of Alberta, where some of the earliest wind farms in Canada were installed.
SolarWorld circulates European trade complaint petition

SolarWorld circulates European trade complaint petition

SolarWorld AG is busy trying to get signatures from companies that make up at least 50 percent of manufacturing capacity in the European solar industry before bringing a formal complaint against Chinese producers to the European Union Commission, said company spokesman Milan Nitzschke.
Why renewable developers should pay attention to the Voltus FERC complaint

Why renewable developers should pay attention to the Voltus FERC complaint

Voltus, a demand response program aggregator, issued a formal complaint to FERC in October 2020. The complaint states that the ability for MISO states to “opt-out” of wholesale demand response programs is harming the company. This Voltus complaint may look like it pertains mostly to demand response, but if renewable developers look closely they might learn that they could be […]
SolarWorld Circulates Petition for European Trade Complaint

SolarWorld Circulates Petition for European Trade Complaint

SolarWorld AG is busy trying to get signatures from companies that make up at least 50 percent of manufacturing capacity in the European solar industry before bringing a formal complaint against Chinese producers to the European Union Commission, company spokesman Milan Nitzschke said Wednesday.
WTO to Probe U.S. Anti-Subsidy Duties on Chinese Imports

WTO to Probe U.S. Anti-Subsidy Duties on Chinese Imports

The World Trade Organization will decide whether U.S. anti-subsidy duties affecting $7.3 billion of Chinese products such as solar panels, thermal paper, wind towers and steel wire violate global commerce rules.