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Amazon’s massive renewable energy portfolio just got a lot bigger

Amazon’s massive renewable energy portfolio just got a lot bigger

Amazon is adding to its massive global renewable energy portfolio with 18 new projects in Europe and the U.S. -- bringing its global clean energy procurement to 12 gigawatts.
Anonymous U.S. solar manufacturers considering options after Commerce rejects tariff petition

Anonymous U.S. solar manufacturers considering options after Commerce rejects tariff petition

The American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention said that the group could resubmit its petition to satisfy the concerns expressed by Commerce.
U.S. rejects antidumping tariff petition from domestic solar manufacturers

U.S. rejects antidumping tariff petition from domestic solar manufacturers

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has rejected an antidumping tariff petition brought by a group of anonymous domestic solar manufacturers against solar modules imported from three Southeast Asian countries. Members of the American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention (A-SMACC) claimed that Chinese crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules were being completed in Malaysia, Thailand, or Vietnam before being exported to […]
There’s a new sheriff in town

There’s a new sheriff in town

DOE takes on enforcement of standards By Marianne DiMascio It’s likely that you’ve heard of EnergyStar and seen the recent headlines about US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency efforts to ensure that appliances are as energy efficient as the blue EnergyStar label indicates. It’s less likely that you’ve heard of a parallel DOE effort to ensure that minimum […]
RFS Credit Trading Program Should Be Clear, Enforceable

RFS Credit Trading Program Should Be Clear, Enforceable

Executive Vice President Charles T. Drevna of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) commented on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rules to implement the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
China and Europe sign Memorandum of Understanding

China and Europe sign Memorandum of Understanding

Reuters reports Chancellor Merkel said, “We want a dialogue… This is not just Germany’s wish but also the European Commission’s solar inverter wish. We want to solve this conflict politically.”   Such anti-dumping investigations take time, she added, which presented an opportunity for dialogue.   Suspicions of the strength of German influence over European politics appear to not be unfounded. […]
US DOC Enforces New Tariffs on Chinese Solar Manufacturers

US DOC Enforces New Tariffs on Chinese Solar Manufacturers

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has ruled it will impose new punitive tariffs against Chinese solar product manufacturers, with antidumping duties of up to 260 percent and countervailing duties as high as 23 percent. The ruling represents the DOC’s latest efforts to control the dumping of low-cost solar products into the U.S. market by Chinese manufacturers.
Biodiesel: What Is the Standard for Quality?

Biodiesel: What Is the Standard for Quality?

"Is there an authoritative statement at the federal or state level that defines what the quality standards are for biofuels? And if so, how are they enforced?" Sam H., Norfolk, VA
Developer of New Mexico Biomass Project Files PURPA Complaint

Developer of New Mexico Biomass Project Files PURPA Complaint

Western Water and Power Production Ltd. LLC (WPP) on Nov. 7 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a petition for enforcement under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) against the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to remedy its alleged improper implementation of PURPA.
Can the US government stop utilities from attempting to kill solar in Montana?

Can the US government stop utilities from attempting to kill solar in Montana?

In the years since its passage, Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) has provided one of the few options for small producers of renewable energy to access electric generation markets controlled by monopoly utilities. The law requires a monopoly utility to purchase the output of certain small power producers known as “qualifying facilities” (QFs) at the utility’s “avoided cost”—that is, the cost the utility would incur to generate or purchase power in the absence of the purchase from the QF.