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January 30, 2018
Periodical News Brief
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research announced the release of the U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q4 2017 Dec. 14, 2017. The report stated that total installed U.S. photovoltaic (PV) capacity is expected to more than double over the next five years and that by 2022, nearly 15 gigawatts (GW) of PV capacity will be installed annually. In addition, SEIA reported that in Q3 2017, the U.S. market installed 2,031 MWdc of solar PV, a 51 percent decrease compared to Q3 2016. GTM Research forecasts that 11.8 GWdc of new PV installations will come online in 2017, down 22 percent from a record-breaking 2016. SEIA reported that the U.S. installed more than 2 GW of solar PV in the third quarter of 2017, despite experiencing higher prices across all market segments and major policy uncertainty. The report also states 4 GW of utility-scale PV projects are under construction across the nation and GTM Research forecasts an additional 3.9 GW will come online by the end of the year. 
November 8, 2017
Periodical News Brief
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released its latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report Sept. 11. SEIA’s report stated that the United States installed 2,387 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) in the second quarter of 2017, reaching 47.1 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity. This represents an 8 percent increase over the same quarter last year and is enough to power 9.1 million American homes. The report indicated that through the first half of 2017, 22 percent of new electric capacity brought online in the U.S. came from solar, ranking second over that time period to natural gas. The report forecast that the solar industry will add 12.4 GW of new capacity this year, down slightly from GTM Research’s previous forecast of 12.6 GW. SEIA’s report is available for purchase at www.seia.org.
May 8, 2017
Periodical News Brief
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published April 12 the inflation adjustment factor and reference prices for calendar year 2017. The inflation adjustment factor for calendar year 2017 for qualified energy resources and refined coal is 1.5792. The reference price for 2017 for facilities producing electricity from wind is 4.55 cents per kilowatt-hour. The reference prices for facilities producing electricity from closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal energy, small irrigation power, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower production and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy have not been determined for calendar year 2017. The 2017 inflation adjustment factor and reference prices are used in determining the availability of the credit for renewable electricity production under Section 45. A breakdown of the rates is available at www.energytaxcredits.com.
April 12, 2011
Podcast
FY 2011 Budget Update; House Republicans' Proposed FY 2012 Budget; Tax Reform; Virginia Historic Tax Credit Fund Webinar; State HTC Updates in Michigan, Montana; Renewable Energy Markets Reports; Administration Remarks About NMTC; New Rental Housing Research From Harvard's JCHS.
October 1, 2014
Periodical News Brief
In mid-August, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2013 Distributed Wind Market Report and the 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report. The report quantified and summarized the 2013 U.S. distributed wind market. DOE said the information could help plan...
February 1, 2015
Periodical News Brief
On Dec. 15, 2014, Berkeley Lab released the report, “Deconstructing Solar Photovoltaic Pricing: The Role of Market Structure, Technology and Policy.” ...
May 3, 2011
Podcast
What Lies Ahead for Congress; OCC Energy Investment Tax Credit Fact Sheet; NREL Research; JCHS Rental Housing Report; Need for Affordable Housing in Vermont; Proposed State LIHTC in Minnesota; Bill to Extend State Historic Tax Credit in Louisiana; Preview of Spring New Markets Tax Credit Conference
October 25, 2011
Podcast
Super Committee Update; New Report on the NMTC; NMTC Extension Legislation; Rep. Brian Higgins Support for HTC; State Tax Credit Debate in Missouri; Bill to Extend the ITC to Offshore Wind; Reports on Domestic Renewable Energy; Inflation-Adjusted LIHTC and Bond caps for 2012; Affordable Housing Sign-On Letter; White House Affordable Housing Event; HUD’s Research Plans.
February 1, 2012
Periodical News Brief
The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a new online geospatial application that allows users to map potential renewable energy resources in the United States.
April 8, 2016
Periodical News Brief
The Clean Energy Group, a nonprofit clean energy advocacy group, submitted a comment letter Feb. 12 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stating that solar storage should qualify for energy tax credits...
February 8, 2017
Periodical News Brief
Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed H.B. 554, a bill that would have retained the current freeze on renewable energy standards, Dec. 27, 2016. The legislature set renewable energy standards in 2008, mandating that investor-owned utilities obtain 25 percent of their energy from advanced energy sources by 2025, with half the energy coming from renewable sources. The Senate voted 18-13 on the bill to extend the freeze. However, Kasich’s veto reinstated the standards at the beginning of 2017.
May 6, 2016
Periodical News Brief
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan, (S.B. 1547-B) into law March. 8. It enacts a new community solar program permitting utilities and third parties to own or operate a community-based renewable energy project.
October 1, 2012
Periodical News Brief
On Aug. 23, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney released an energy policy white paper entitled.
July 12, 2016
Periodical News Brief
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) May 25 released Notice N-2016-31. The notice clarifies previous guidance on the beginning-of construction date and when a facility must be placed in service to claim the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC).
April 1, 2015
Periodical News Brief
On March 11, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice to update beginning of construction guidance for the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) or investment tax credit (ITC) ...
April 10, 2017
Periodical News Brief
Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced legislation Feb. 15 that would extend commercial and residential installation tax credits for small wind and other renewable technology through 2021. Those “orphan” technologies were left out of the extensions included in the PATH Act of 2015 and expired at the end of 2016. HR 1090 would provide a retroactive credit of 30 percent that would phase out through the end of 2021. The legislation had 35 cosponsors at press time–22 Republicans and 13 Democrats.
September 9, 2016
Periodical News Brief
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., introduced the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2016 (S. 3159) July 12. The bill would create a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) for energy storage devices. The bill would apply to both large, grid-connected energy storage systems and smaller systems for residential properties. Systems would be eligible for the same 30 percent ITC that other renewable energy technologies receive. Systems would also face the gradual phase-down starting in 2019 that was part of the ITC extension that was passed at the end of 2015. The tax credit would be in effect for property placed in service starting at the beginning of this year. The bill would also expand Section 25D of the Internal Revenue Code to create a 30 percent ITC for residential energy storage equipment. Under this bill, no credits would be issued after Dec. 31, 2026. At press time, S. 3159 had been sent to the Senate Finance Committee. The text of the bill is available at www.energytaxcredits.com.