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Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants – Formula Grants

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provides over $2.7 billion in formula-based grants to states, U.S. territories, units of local government, and Indian tribes under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program.    The purpose of the EECBG Program is to assist eligible entities in creating and implementing strategies to: reduce … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Government Requests for Solar Systems

Numerous federal agencies are actively seeking services and materials related to solar power.  For example, the following opportunities are currently open: The Department of Defense is seeking a ten year photovoltaic (PV) solar power purchase agreement related to its Defense Distribution Depot in Tracy, California.  The total contract quantity is 12,200,000 kWh.  Responses are due July 28, … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

The Department of Energy ("DOE") expects to establish net-zero energy performance for all U.S. commercial buildings by 2050. DOE  has issued a funding opportunity announcement ("FOA") to support this goal.  $1 million will be awarded to fund the collection of information on technologies for individual components and systems to support this goal.    … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Seminar for Identifying Funding for Renewable Energy Projects

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides almost $94 billion dollars in direct and indirect spending to clean energy company and projects. See Show me the Money: A Guide to Sources of Funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  On June 17, 2009, I will be speaking in Cle Elum, Washington about how to … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: DOE Delivers $80 Million to Four States for Weatherization

On June 8, 2009, the Department of Energy ("DOE") announced the transfer of approximately $80 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("Recovery Act") to Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, and Oregon to expand state weatherization assistance programs.  These four states have now received 50% of their Recovery Act funds for the Weatherization Program. Arizona … Continue Reading

Apply Now for REAP Grants and Loan Guarantees

The USDA announced today that it is accepting applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (“REAP”).  REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems. REAP funds are available in the following amounts: Grants for … Continue Reading

Washington’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Comprehensive Application

On May 11, the Washington Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development (“CTED”) filed an application with the United States Department of Energy to receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) funds for Washington’s State Energy Program (“SEP”). The application contains funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and farm energy assessments. Once the SEP is approved, funding … Continue Reading

“Show Me The Money”

  We announce the publication of a guide to federal clean energy funding opportunities under the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”). Titled “Show Me The Money,” the guide reviews the various programs and potential sources of federal funding for clean energy companies and projects. The guide addresses funding opportunities under the ARRA … Continue Reading

Governor Kulongoski Proposes Nine Bills to Promote Renewable Energy Projects, Energy and Fuel Efficiency

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski continues to take aggressive action in the green business realm. Having made renewable energy one of his budget priorities, Gov. Kulongoski filed nine bills under the climate change umbrella to be considered in the 2009 legislative session. According to Gov. Kulongoski, the bills will “build on our leadership in renewable energy that will … Continue Reading

Portland Businesses Are Seeing Green

Portland continues to expand its reputation as a beacon for green business. Today’s Wall Street Journal features an article on how sustainable development and renewable energy businesses are giving a much-needed boost to Portland’s commercial real estate market. There is much excitement surrounding Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems’ recent announcement that it will be building a new North … Continue Reading

Dingell Unseated; Waxman to Head House Energy and Commerce Committee

In a move that could have a significant impact on the energy sector (and create a buzz among political science departments) nationwide, Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) has dethroned Representative John Dingell (D-MI) in his nearly 28-year post as chairman of the influential Committee on Energy and Commerce. The 137-122 secret vote has shaken up the seniority … Continue Reading

Governor Kulongoski’s Climate Change Agenda Unveiled

Earlier this week, I attended Climate Solutions’ Business Briefing on the Governor’s Proposed Climate Change Policy. Hosted by Gerding Edlen, the briefing offered a snapshot of the Governor’s legislative agenda for 2009 and beyond, and gave the sustainable business community the opportunity to offer feedback on what needs to happen to move the plans forward. The … Continue Reading

Congress Extends PTC and ITC–More Analysis to Follow

In an email alert that we just sent out, my colleagues in the Stoel Rives Tax Section report: Today the House passed, and President Bush signed into law, H.R. 1424, which includes the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (the Act). The Act contains the much-anticipated extension of the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax … Continue Reading

When is a Green Building Lease Like a Power Purchase Agreement? Avoiding Deja Vu All Over Again

On April 16, 2008, Northern States Power filed a petition with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a determination that "Xcel Energy has all legal rights necssary to possess, use and dispose of any renewable energy credits (‘RECs’) arising from the production of renewable energy that Xcel purchases under its renewable energy power purchase agreements … Continue Reading
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