Small Generator Interconnection Proposals – FERC Technical Workshop

FERC will hold a workshop on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to discuss technical details related to the proposals in its January 17 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on Small Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures. Click here for details on the workshop, and also take a look at OREC’s summary of the proposed rule.

Brand New Intern at OREC

G’day! My name is Andrew John Keene and I am a masters student from Sydney, Australia. I am currently tying up my graduate degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Marine Conservation and Energy at Macquarie University in Sydney. As a youngster growing up by the seaside, my number one passion has always been […]

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OREC Meets with Commissioner of FERC to Discuss MHK Development

On Friday August 3rd, representatives from OREC and SMI met with Commissioner Norris of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to discuss how FERC could play a larger role in launching marine hydrokinetic (MHK) projects. Damian Kunko of SMI gave the Commissioner an overview of current MHK research and development including the recent deployment of […]

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House Committee on Energy and Commerce Meets to Discuss the “No More Solyndras Act”

On Thursday July 12, 2012, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing to discuss the “No More Solyndras Act,” a bill to cease all new loan guarantees for energy companies issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) and to thoroughly investigate the merits of any applications currently in process. The bill also […]

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Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Hearing on China and Clean Energy

Today the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources met to discuss China’s effort in clean energy and how we can collaborate and/or compete with them to gain a foothold in the clean energy industry. The chairman of the committee Senator Jeff Bingaman started off the hearing saying that he has been impressed with China’s […]

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Senate Finance Committee Hearing to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee had a members meeting to discuss extending the renewable energy production tax credit 1603 that currently allows an income tax credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour. This tax credit is set to expire at the end of 2012 for wind energy and at the end of 2013 for other renewable sources. Representatives […]

Senate Finance Committee Hearing, Tax Reform: Impact on U.S. Energy Policy

On Tuesday June 12, the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on how tax reform could affect change in U.S. energy policy and dependence on foreign energy. Senators Max Baucus of Montana and Orrin Hatch of Utah led the discussion by issuing member statements. Senator Baucus opened with a quote from writer Hunter S. Thompson, “Anything […]

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Senate Bill to Extend Master Limited Partnership Eligibility to Renewable Energy Industry

Senators Coons of Delaware and Moran of Kansas introduced a bill on Thursday that would allow the renewable energy industry access to tax advantages by forming Master Limited Partnerships (MLP). MLPs are companies that are taxed as partnerships but whose stocks can be traded on the market. Up to this point, only fossil fuel enterprises were allowed […]

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U.S. Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap Announced

On November 1, 2011 the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC) unveiled the first U.S. Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Technology Roadmap. The roadmap describes the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the MHK industry and outlines a clear and logical path to its commercialization. Technologies that capture energy from free-flowing waves, tides and currents represent the potential […]

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Supreme Court to Address Issue With Implications for MHK

It’s not often that the Supreme Court addresses matters with implications for the MHK industry, but tomorrow, the Court is set to hear Pacific Operators Offshore LLP v. Valladolid, which considers whether the Longshoreman’s compensation provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act apply to injuries that occurred off the OCS but related to OCS […]

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