Background This white paper is a companion piece to our two previous blogs on local permitting (Hodsoll and Maughan). In our local permitting blogs we provided our perspectives on best practices for local permitting and how we engage with the local community. We write this white paper to discuss some of the issues and concerns that are raised by the community during this process. All of us engaged in the industry have heard the naysayer’s arguments. From the most bizarre
We have good news! On April 6th Virginia’s Tax Commissioner, Craig M. Burns, issued a letter clarifying the valuation of solar projects within the Composite Index. The bottom line: these solar farms will provide a net revenue benefit to the county. As previously stated, bureaucratic bookkeeping could have inadvertently ground Virginia solar development to a halt by reducing county revenue when new solar farms are built. The following is the third of three installments highlighting SolUnesco’s research on the Virginia
Bureaucratic bookkeeping may inadvertently grind Virginia solar development to a halt. The state government is assessing this issue and we understand a decision will be issued in due course. This is the first of three installments highlighting SolUnesco’s research on the Virginia Composite Index and its impact on solar electric generation. To download our complete findings, click here.
Bureaucratic bookkeeping may inadvertently grind Virginia solar development to a halt. The State government is assessing this issue, and we understand the state will issue a decision in due course. The following is the second of three installments highlighting SolUnesco’s research on the Virginia Composite Index and its impact on solar electric generation. To download our complete findings, click here HOW IS SOLAR TAXED? Covered in Part One of this series, the Composite Index (CI) may ignore the solar tax exemption
UVA PROFESSOR FINDS NUMEROUS ERRORS WITH AND REVERSES THE FINDINGS OF A REPORT CRITICAL OF EPA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN
Last week, UVA Professor William Shobe, Ph.D. released a report that assessed the methodologies, assumptions and conclusions in a report critical of the Clean Power Plan. Virginia’s Center for Coal and Energy Research (CCER) produced a report as part of the Governor’s Energy Plan that concluded that a large amount of money would be needed to change the energy infrastructure in Virginia to comply with the Clean Power Plan, and the consequences of this change would be negative. In his
Last week, the EPA recently released a report entitled: Climate Change in the United States: Benefit of Global Action, on June 22nd, 2015. This peer-reviewed report presents two different scenarios based on scientific reports and analysis: One scenario presents the economic, health and other socio-economic damage under the “business as usual” case. The other scenario presents the relative benefits resulting from global agreements to cut greenhouse gas emission and the resulting benefits.
Fifty business leaders sent Governor McAuliffe a letter supporting new reductions in carbon pollution through the use of clean advanced energy technologies. These business leaders stated “we urge your administration to develop a strong plan to implement the recently proposed Clean Power Plan which facilitates a clean energy economy through the reduction of carbon pollution from power plants.” Virginia Business reported the letter was released “[j]ust in time for today’s Virginia General Assembly hearing on the federal Clean Power Plan