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Why We Need to Reform Energy Regulation

By Pete Pedersen, Managing Principal of Brightfields

Renewable Energy World

The evolution of electric generation technology has quickly outpaced the ability of traditional regulatory control mechanisms to ensure we enjoy its benefits. During the past century, we have transitioned from a monolithic fossil fuel-based energy core to a generation mix that includes everything in the kitchen sink. Along this trajectory towards diversification, state and federal regulatory authorities have often been at odds about how to maintain reasonably priced and reliable power supply in the face of a federally granted monopoly. The result has been reactive policy implementation and a regulatory framework that continually lags behind our constantly changing utility industry. As new technologies compete with established generation facilities, and as transmission and distribution systems continue to expand and improve, we must upgrade the rules guiding the production, transmission and delivery of electricity.

Project Financing Strategies for Solar on Brownfields

Environmental Business Council

Join Brightfields and a host of agencies on March 13th to discuss financing strategies for energy projects on brownfield property. This is a joint program offered by the EBC. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Business Council of New England, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding meets with Energy & Environment Committee

New England Council

Curt Spalding, New England Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met with members of the NEC's Energy & Environment Committee at a meeting hosted by The Hampshire House.

Administrator Spalding briefed Brightfields and other members on some of the EPA's recent and upcoming regulatory initiatives, and discussed the agency's priorities in the months ahead. Topics covered included EPA's Clean Air Act Regulation, renewable energy tax credits, new cooling water intake structure standards, and environmental justice and urban revitalization initiatives underway in New England.

Brightfields to Present at Michigan Conference

 The Michigan Association of Planning

Join Brightfields in Michigan for the Planning Association's annual conference. We will be participating in a panel that discusses how to leverage dormant brownfields for solar power development. The session will provide attendees with a broad overview of the benefits, challenges, and current state of developing renewable energy sources on brownfields; including a concise inventory of available resources. Lessons learned from the recent experience of one community pursuing such a strategy will be provided.

Brightfields to Present at National Brownfields Association Conference

The National Brownfields Association

Join Brightfields in Chicago for the National Brownfields Association's annual flagship conference, "The Big Deal." We will be participating on a panel discussing the elements that create a successful solar brownfield project, effective environmental risk mitigation techniques, and how to invest sustainably in these assets.

Scituate Landfill Solar Project Expected Completion by Year-end

The Boston Globe

The 2.4 MW solar array system is still on track to be operating in December despite an extension of the penalty date.

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