New Illinois legislation prevents counties from banning native wind and photo voltaic initiatives
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a legislation prohibiting counties from enacting pre-emptive native ordinances that outright ban native wind and photo voltaic initiatives. Over a dozen native bans have been initiated earlier than this laws, however the state legislation will now take priority over these bans and assist Illinois attain clear vitality targets.
New coalition urges California to create Western Regional Transmission Group
A coalition referred to as Lights on California, which incorporates SEIA and different clear vitality organizations, is pushing the state to create a Western Regional Transmission Group to ascertain shared vitality governance throughout 11 western states. The coalition argues that an RTO like this might assist all western states meet renewable vitality targets and reduce client value of vitality.
Treasury releases first steerage on low-income and tribal ITC adders
The Dept. of the Treasury issued preliminary steerage on the Inflation Discount Act’s ITC adders for low-income and tribal photo voltaic initiatives. The Dept. of Vitality would be the administrator of this system and can start accepting functions for photo voltaic initiatives benefitting low-income residential buildings and low-income households in Q3 2023.
New Georgia invoice would broaden group photo voltaic entry and net-metering caps
A brand new invoice in Georgia would enhance and broaden group photo voltaic by permitting tax-exempt prospects to mixture demand from a number of areas and subscribe to an off-site photo voltaic facility below 3 MW. The invoice would additionally elevate the rooftop photo voltaic program cap from 0.2% to five% of the prior yr annual peak demand to provide markets time to mature.
Biden imposes 200% tariff on Russian aluminum imports
The Biden Administration signed a proclamation that imposes a 200% tariff on aluminum imports from Russia, calling such imports a menace to nationwide safety, in line with an investigation carried out by the Secretary of Commerce. Aluminum is a typical materials present in photo voltaic panel frames and racking and structural mounts used on PV arrays.
Gov. Murphy accelerates New Jersey’s 100% clear vitality purpose by 15 years
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Gov. Phil Murphy introduced an government order that features an accelerated purpose for New Jersey to succeed in 100% clear vitality by 2035, 15 years sooner than the earlier goal. The governor additionally created new targets for electrification of properties, industrial properties and low- to moderate-income (LMI) properties.
Maryland invoice would enhance residential rooftop photo voltaic grants
New laws sponsored by Maryland Sen. Brian J. Feldman and Delegate Lily Qi would enhance the state’s residential clear vitality grant from $1,000 to $5,000 to incentivize rooftop photo voltaic installations. The Maryland Rooftop Photo voltaic Coalition is pushing for this laws to revitalize the state’s photo voltaic trade and broaden equitable entry.
New laws would reform Vermont’s Renewable Vitality Normal
New laws in Vermont would reform the state’s 2015 Renewable Vitality Normal, which advocates say has led to over-reliance on current renewable vitality sources to satisfy requirements. If the invoice passes, it’s going to require Vermont utilities to get 60% of their energy from new renewables.