A Potential Shift in Focus for Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard

Arizona’s Corporation Commission is considering the modernization and expansion of Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (Commission Docket No. E-00000Q-16-0289).  The current Chairman of the Commission, Doug Little, has suggested doubling the amount of power that Arizona utilities obtain from renewable sources from 15 percent to 30 percent by 2030.  On December 9, 2016, Commissioner …

The 2016 Election Is (Finally) Over. Now What?

If you have watched television in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a pleasant lack of campaign advertisements during your favorite shows.  Whether pleased or disappointed with the outcome, it is time to start thinking about what the 2016 election means for Colorado going forward.  Below, we outline the results of the election …

Court Approves Volkswagen Partial Consent Decree: Tribes Entitled to $50 Million for NOx Emission Mitigation

On October 25, 2016, the federal district court in the Northern District of California approved the United States’ Amended Consent Decree to resolve claims against German automaker Volkswagen AG and related entities (VW) and to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests, deceiving customers, and excess nitrous oxides (NOx) emissions from VW and Audi diesel engine …

California’s Carbon Concern: Leakage from the Imbalance Market

As interest in the Western Energy Imbalance Market  (“EIM”) grows, regulators  at the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) are facing concerns, once again, about carbon leakage from the state’s mandatory cap and trade program under AB 32. In the context of carbon markets, leakage describes the phenomenon in which a local (in this case, California) …

Governor Hickenlooper Considers Executive Action to Cut Carbon from Colorado’s Power Sector?

With the Clean Power Plan currently stayed in federal court, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appears to be considering his own options to act unilaterally on climate change. In a draft executive order leaked this week, the Governor’s office recounts the challenges of clean air and climate change and directs Colorado’s state agencies as follows: Colorado …

EPA Issues Draft Rules for Design Details for Clean Energy Incentive Plan; Tribal Projects are Eligible

On June 30, the EPA issued its proposed rules for the design details of the Clean Energy Incentive Plan (CEIP), a component of the (now stayed) Clean Power Plan (CPP). Comments are due by August 29, 2016. Further information about the CEIP can be found on the EPA Clean Power Plan website and the National …

An Investment in 100 MW of Large-Scale Solar Would Save Nevada Ratepayers $38 Million over a Comparable Investment in Rooftop Solar

While most industry insiders have long understood that utility-scale solar is more economical than rooftop solar, Nevada lacked hard data to support the notion.  To remedy the deficiency, the state’s Public Utilities Commission ordered northern Nevada’s electric utility, Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy, to conduct a comparative analysis of the costs and benefits …