Market Analysis Insights

David Feldman's picture

Solar Development May be Hampered by Proposed New Accounting Rules

The move for more transparency and the recognition of true risk in financial transactions may be catching up to the solar industry.  The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) are responsible for establishing financial accounting standards; together, they have issued a joint exposure draft (ED) of new rules for leasing transactio

Paul Schwabe's picture

A California Utility Seeks to Invest In Montana Wind

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) is thinking outside the box. The utility, one of three investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in California, is pursuing a new approach to develop a wind farm in northern Montana.

Bethany K Speer's picture

Department of Energy Releases New Solar Procurement Guide for Federal Agencies

Obtaining solar energy for a federal agency can be an intricate process involving close coordination between a team of people—kind of like building a human pyramid, only less dangerous.

Karlynn Cory's picture

Green Power, and RECs, and Marketing, Oh My! FTC Revises Rules

Navigating the yellow brick road of green power marketing can be challenging for consumers and marketers alike. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed draft guidance on renewable energy (RE) claims in advertising. However, one clarification might create a marketing challenge for third-party ownership models.

Claire Kreycik's picture

California tradable REC decision issued

On January 13th, after an eight-month moratorium on tradable renewable energy certificate (REC) transactions, the California Public Utilities Commission (the Commission) has issued a decision, which introduces tradable RECs to the California market. This blog summarizes some of the history surrounding the long-awaited decision.

Michael Mendelsohn's picture

Wanna Improve Financing of RE Projects? Include a Charitable Organization

Financing a renewable energy project can be a difficult process. Finding money to borrow (debt) and someone to take ownership (equity) are often cited as two of the main barriers to project development.

Bethany K Speer's picture

Keeping Up with the Joneses? It might be easier if you combine energy efficiency with solar PV

Two common ways homeowners can reduce the amount of electricity they buy from their utility is by making energy efficiency (EE) upgrades (e.g., new efficient lighting or insulation) and by installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

The Proof is in the Pudding

The financial crisis spurred Congress to pass the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (hereupon referred to as “the Act”).

Paul Schwabe's picture

Wind Energy in Seven Languages Revisited

Previously, I wrote about an early stage analytical effort to better understand the rising cost of wind energy in the United States. A critical component of this study provided an international perspective by comparing the cost of wind energy across a sample of seven countries.

Michael Mendelsohn's picture

Grazing in the Grass? Making Sense of the New BLM Rate Structure for Solar Projects

There’s one thing about large-scale solar projects - they take up a lot of land. And if you need an undeveloped, sunny spot in the western part of the country, there’s a good chance you will want to chat with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).