Oregon Weighs Potential Conflicts Between Energy Development and Arable Lands

In a new article, David Petersen discusses the friction between state policy and local attitudes about energy development issues in light of two recent bills adopted by the Oregon Legislature. David's article, reviewing House Bills concerning solar…
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Oregon Changes Siting Rules for Commercial Solar

In his article for Solar Oregon, David Petersen discusses House Bill 2820, recently signed by Governor Kitzhaber. The bill makes important changes to how solar PV facilities are sited in Oregon.
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Farm Bill Inaction Threatens Rural Solar Program

In his March 2013 article for Solar Industry magazine David Petersen discusses the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a lesser-known federal renewable energy initiative which helps finance solar installations.
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Creative Deal Structure Brings Solar to Tigard's Rolling Hills Community Church

In a recent news article for Solar Oregon, David Petersen outlines the deal structure that allowed Tigard's Rolling Hills Community Church to install a solar energy system on its rooftop. In collaboration with Lake Oswego's NW Photon Energy, the…
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Obama Blocks Chinese Wind Farms in Oregon

In his November 14 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen discusses President Obama's recent invocation of the Defense Production Act to require a Chinese corporation to divest itself of wind farms purchased in Morrow…
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Best Lawyers in America® Names 50 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2013 List

Lawyers from Tonkon Torp LLP continue to earn the high regard and professional respect of their peers and litigation adversaries. This year, 50 Tonkon Torp lawyers - well more than half of the firm's partners - were selected by their peers for…
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Not Quite a FIT: Inside Oregon's VIR Program

In an article for the July issue of Solar Industry Magazine, David Petersen discusses the challenge of balancing supply and demand facing the solar incentive program in Oregon.
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Financing Renewable Energy Projects is Tricky, but Not Impossible

In his May 16 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen reviews the current financing possibilities and difficulties facing the renewable energy industry. As a result of the slow-growing economy and low natural gas prices…
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Tonkon Torp Attorney on Future Energy Conference Panel

Tonkon Torp energy and land use attorney David Petersen recently participated on a panel at the Future Energy Conference in Portland. The panel discussed how to build local acceptance for renewable energy projects, including strategies and tools for…
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Defense Department Leads the Way for Solar on Federal Lands

In his February 15 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen discusses the results of a new Department of Defense study on the potential for solar energy development on federal lands. The report evaluates the solar energy…
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Don't Tinker With Washington's Renewable Portfolio Standard

In his November 16, 2011 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen advocates for the preservation of Washington's initiative I-937, which requires large utilities in the state to acquire 15 percent of their electricity…
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Tonkon Torp Energy Lawyer Elected to Solar Oregon Board

Tonkon Torp energy and land use attorney David Petersen has been elected to a three-year term on the board of Solar Oregon.
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Lawsuits Likely from BPA Wind Power Shut Down

The Bonneville Power Administration’s recent response to a short-term oversupply of energy – requiring wind farms to power down without compensation for lost revenue – reflects the agency’s failure to adapt to the evolving Northwest power marketplace…
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Tonkon Energy Lawyer Discusses Utility-scale Solar Projects

Energy attorney David Petersen will participate in a panel discussion April 26th on the development of utility-scale solar projects in Oregon. The panel is part of the NW Solar Expo, a weeklong conference and clean technology showcase at the Oregon…
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Encouraging Renewable Energy: Smart Policy

In a "Plugged In" column for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen analyzes the energy return on investment ("EROI") of fossil fuels versus the EROI of renewable energy. By considering the future rise and fall of the EROI for each type of…
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Tonkon Torp Facilitates Oregon's Growing Solar Energy Resources

More and more "thin-film" solar panels are appearing on the rooftops of Portland metropolitan area buildings, thanks to the work of Tonkon Torp's Energy Practice Group.
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Future can include wind and coal

A look at how coal-fired power plants can work in conjunction with alternative energy sources.
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Renewables Spur Growth of Tonkon Torp's Energy Practice Group and Appointment of New Co-Chairs

Located on what is arguably the frontier of U.S. renewable energy development, lawyers in Tonkon Torp's energy practice group are finding their reputation in the traditional energy arena is leading to increasing work in solar, wind and other…
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Oregon Legislature Hears Proposals To Modify The Business Energy Tax Credit

The 2010 special session of the Oregon Legislature began this week, and the House Revenue Committee wasted no time in holding a hearing on proposed revisions to the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) that is available to projects in the conservation…
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Second Oregon Home Achieves Platinum LEED Certification

Our client, Teeny Development, LLC, has achieved Platinum LEED certification on its first of 18 townhomes under construction in Lincoln City.
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