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11 Jan
Net Metering is not a subsidy
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Emily Rochon
Adoption Year : 2015
Contrary to Utility Assertions, net metering is not a subsidy. It’s mechanism that allows solar owners to receive credit, similar to rollover minutes on a cell phone plan, for power they feed into the grid.
11 Jan
Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Study
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Benjamin L. Norris and Philip Gruenhagen, Clean Power Research, LLC; Robert C. Grace and Po-Yu Yuen, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC; Dr. Richard Perez; Karl R. Rábago (Rabago), Pace Energy and Climate Center
Adoption Year : 2015
This report calculated a 25-year Levelized Distributed PV Value for the Central Maine Power service territory. The total value of solar found in this report is 33.7 cents per kWh.
11 Jan
VOS Calculation Compliance, Xcel Energy submission to Minnesota PUC at Docket No. E002/M-13-867
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Xcel Energy
Adoption Year : 2015
This value of solar estimate was calculated by Xcel Energy using a methodology created by Clean Power Research for Minnesota’s Department of Commerce. The study calculated the value of solar as 13.6 cents per kWh in Xcel territory.
22 Nov
Draft Report of the Georgia Public Service Commission-Docket No: 39732
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Georgia    
Author : Georgia Public Service Commission
Adoption Year : 2015
This is the draft report of the Georgia Public Service Commission in Docket No: 39732-In the Matter of: Notice of Inquiry and Workshop to Examine Issues Related to the Value of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources in Preparation for the 2016 Georgia Power Company Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
22 Nov
Benefit Cost Components by Resource Type
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Georgia    
Author : Georgia Public Service Commission
Adoption Year : 2015
This is a two paged power point presentation illustrating the benefit-cost of different resource types, ex. solar, wind, and biomass.
08 May
Resolve, To Create Sustainable Growth in Maine's Distributed Energy Sector That Uses Market Forces To Fairly Compensate Energy Producers
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Maine Legislature
Adoption Year : 2015
The Resolve states that the Legislature finds that net energy billing is a simple mechanism that has supported the development of distributed generation in Maine, but may not provide a suitable long-term foundation for distributed generation. The Resolve directed the Commission to convene a stakeholder group to examine options for distributed solar policy in Maine going forward.
08 May
Direct Testimony of Karl R. Rabago on behalf of Environmental Respondents In re: Appalachian Power Company’s Integrated Resource Plan before State Corporation Commission of Virginia
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Resource Type : Testimony
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Virginia    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2015
Virginia State Corporation Commission Case No. PUE-2015-00036. Addresses the legal and regulatory obligations imposed on Appalachian Power Company in seeking the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission's ("Commission") approval for its 2015 Integrated Resource Plan and rules adopted by the Commission. In light of those requirements, the testimony makes several findings, reaches a conclusion about the Appalachian Power Company’s application, and makes a recommendation to the Commission.
06 May
Notice Inviting Public Comment on Staff White Paper on Benefit-Cost Analysis
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : New York    
Author : State of New York Public Service Commission
Adoption Year : 2015
New York PSC Case 14-M-0101. Notice issued July 2, 2015 inviting comments on the REV Benefit-Cost Analysis White Paper
06 May
Staff White Paper on Benefit-Cost Analysis in the Reforming the Energy Vision Proceeding
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : New York    
Author : New York State Department of Public Service
Adoption Year : 2015
New York PSC Case 14-M-0101. In its Order Adopting Regulatory Policy Framework and Implementation Plan, the Public Service Commission directed Department of Public Service Staff to develop and issue a Benefit-Cost Analysis White Paper describing a framework for considering utility proposals within the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding and related proceedings. An underlying objective of this White Paper is to facilitate a dialogue among parties addressing the components and application of a BCA in the context of REV. The Framework pro
06 May
Value of Distributed Generation - Solar PV in Connecticut
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Connecticut    
Author : Acadia Center
Adoption Year : 2015
In addition to avoided energy costs, behind-the-meter solar PV helps offset other costs associated with the electric grid. Some of these costs include avoided capacity costs and avoided transmission and distribution costs. Acadia Center assessed the value of solar of a PV system installed near Hartford, Connecticut. The results show the orientation of a system will deliver different values.
06 May
Value of Distributed Generation - Solar PV in Massachusetts
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Acadia Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal values of 6 marginal solar PV systems in Rhode Island to better understand the overall value that solar PV provides to the grid. The analysis determined the value of solar to the grid ranges from 22-28 cents/kWh plus societal values of approximately 6.7 cents/kWh. The results of the analysis demonstrate solar is a valuable local energy resource that provides benefits to all ratepayers and society by helping to reduce the cost of the electricity system. To do so, distributed energy resources must be f
06 May
Value of Distributed Generation - Solar PV in New Hampshire
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : New Hampshire    
Author : Acadia Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal values of 6 marginal solar PV systems in Rhode Island to better understand the overall value that solar PV provides to the grid. The analysis determined the value of solar to the grid ranges from 19-24 cents/kWh plus societal values of approximately 7 cents/kWh. The results of the analysis demonstrate solar is a valuable local energy resource that provides benefits to all ratepayers and society by helping to reduce the cost of the electricity system. To do so, distributed energy resources must be fai
06 May
Value of Distributed Generation - Solar PV in Rhode Island
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Rhode Island    
Author : Acadia Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal values of 6 marginal solar PV systems in Rhode Island to better understand the overall value that solar PV provides to the grid. The analysis determined the value of solar to the grid ranges from 19-25 cents/kWh plus societal values of approximately 7 cents/kWh. The results of the analysis demonstrate solar is a valuable local energy resource that provides benefits to all ratepayers and society by helping to reduce the cost of the electricity system. To do so, distributed energy resources must be fai
06 May
Value of Distributed Generation - Solar PV in Vermont
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Vermont    
Author : Acadia Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal values of 6 marginal solar PV systems in Vermont to better understand the overall value that solar PV provides to the grid. The analysis determined the value of solar to the grid ranges from 19-23 cents/kWh plus societal values of approximately 7 cents/kWh. The results of the analysis demonstrate solar is a valuable local energy resource that provides benefits to all ratepayers and society by helping to reduce the cost of the electricity system. To do so, distributed energy resources must be fairly c
06 May
Value of Distributed Generation - Solar PV Methodology
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Acadia Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal value of 6 marginal 1 kW solar PV systems to understand the overall value that solar PV provides to the grid, ratepayers, and society. To do so, NREL's PVWatts Calculator was used to estimate the hourly output profiles for 6 solar PV system orientations. This output was used to estimate avoided costs and benefits for 11 compoenets of grid and societal values. Location value, economic benefits, and subsidies received by fossil fuel companies were beyond the scope of Acadia's analysis.
05 May
A Ratepayer Focused Strategy for Distributed Solar in Maine
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Strategen Consulting
Adoption Year : 2015
This white paper offers a framework for sustainable growth in Maine’s distributed solar energy sector that maximizes and fairly allocates benefits for all ratepayers. This approach builds on the Public Utilities Commission’s recent “value of solar” study as well as lessons learned from other states. The policy proposed is specifically tailored to the state of Maine and offers innovative program design features intended to capitalize on the latest technological advances in the solar industry. While designed to present a coherent and holistic pol
03 May
Why rooftop solar may be worth three times price of grid power
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : David Labrador
Adoption Year : 2015
A recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state’s prevailing price. Maine’s traditional, centrally generated grid electricity is sold to residential customers at the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh. Under retail net metering, distributed solar is compensated at that same rate. The high value the study places on distributed solar added another data point to the ongoing, vigorous debat
03 May
What is Solar Power Really Worth to Maine?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    Maine    
Author : David Labrador
Adoption Year : 2015
A look inside the state PUC’s value-of-solar study. A recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state’s prevailing price. Maine’s traditional, centrally generated grid electricity is sold to residential customers at the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh. Under retail net metering, distributed solar is compensated at that same rate. The high value the study places on distributed sola
03 May
Report: Solar's value is nearly 17 cents/kWh, utilities under-compensating
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Robert Walton
Adoption Year : 2015
Green-advocacy group Environment America has reviewed 11 net metering studies, and says eight of them showed utilities are under-compensating the owners of rooftop solar systems. According to the report, the median value of solar power across all 11 studies was nearly 17 cents per kWh, versus the national average electricity price of about 12 cents. Progressive solar policies around the country have helped the resource bloom, the group said: the first quarter of this year ended with 21,300 MW of solar capacity installed in the United States.
03 May
Maine lawmakers propose groundbreaking way out of net metering wars
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Maine    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2015
Legislators want a 'Standard Buyer' to acquire distributed generation and value it properly. The Maine Office of the Public Advocate and an influential state legislator led a joint committee of the Legislature to unanimous approval of a proposal that will offer solar developers at every market level an opportunity to opt out of net energy metering (NEM). Instead of retail rate NEM, they will have the choice of a new plan that allows them to capture more value for their solar.
03 May
Is TASC splintering the rooftop solar industry?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : @Federal    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2015
A leading solar advocacy group is drawing criticism from its own industry. Just as the utility sector begins to embrace solar, the solar industry itself appears to be splintering, with once-allied companies being divided by contentious electricity policy issues on both the national and state level.
03 May
How Wellinghoff, Rabago, and other grid reformers would design their own electricity markets
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Gavin Bade
Adoption Year : 2015
SEPA asked stakeholders to design the "51st State." Here's a rundown of the non-utility contributions.
13 Apr
Why Isn't Everyone Using Solar?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : The Conversation
Adoption Year : 2015
This article gives a description on what net-metering is, and the arguments for and against its use. The author goes on to examine day-ahead price data in the Pittsburgh region and found while utilities would see a decline in their retail revenue because of the sue of solar power, this loss is less than the saving potential.
13 Apr
What is Solar Power Worth?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : News Staff, govtech.com
Adoption Year : 2015
Summary of Maine's Public Utilities Commission's report that valued distributed solar power at $0.33 per kWh, while the cost of centrally generated power goes for only $0.13 per kWh. The article discusses what factors go into the value of solar and the different policy options that the Maine Legislature can consider using the information in the study.
13 Apr
Value-of-Solar Study Proposed for Massachusetts
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Kat Friedrich
Adoption Year : 2015
This post summarizes the event "Designing Solar's Value: A Stakeholder's Forum," where it was proposed that Massachusetts shift to a value-of-solar model of solar financing.
13 Apr
Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It's Also Worth Less
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2015
This article questions a report that asserts that utility-scale solar is much more economical than small-scaled solar. One misguided assumption in the report is that residential and utility-scaled solar can be comparable on a levelized-cost basis.
13 Apr
Top 5 trends in distributed energy policy and rate design
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
Article discusses key distributed energy policy questions across the nation from the third quarter of 2015. These included: state changes to NEM; how to value solar; fixed charge increases; and third-party financing options for solar.
13 Apr
The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Florida    Georgia    
Author : Luis Martinez
Adoption Year : 2015
This post discusses the growth of solar in states such as Georgia and Florida. One major reason for its growth is the approval of solar PPAs even by conservative groups and policy makers.
13 Apr
The day after: How solar can thrive in the post-net metering era
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Hawaii    
Author : Herman Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses the lawsuit filed against Hawaii's PUC after they got rid of retail rate remuneration for new solar customers, and replaced it with two new options. The article also notes that some, such as Rocky Mountain Institute Senior Associate Mark Dyson, believe that the contention over net-metering is not necessary as there are new ways for rooftop solar can grow even without retail rate remuneration.
13 Apr
TEP drops net metering reform push, will wait for rate case
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    
Author : Herman Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses Arizona Corporation Commission's recommendation to determine Tuscson Electric Power's request for lower net-metering payments in a rate case rather than in a stand alone docket.
13 Apr
TenneSEIA working with TVA to develop market-driven solar rebates
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Tennessee    
Author : Amanda H. Miller
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses the collaboration between the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association and the Tennessee Valley Authority develop a more sustainable solar program that will alleviate the industry uncertainty created by disappearing incentives. One solution TennSEIA is seeking is for the utility is to consider the "true value" of solar.
13 Apr
Take My Solar Panel, Please! The San Antonio utility’s brilliant new business model for renewable energy
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Texas    
Author : Daniel Gross
Adoption Year : 2015
Discussion of CPS Energy's, the largest municipally owned utility in the United States, plan to offer residents cash, in the form of monthly credit on their electricity bills, if they agree to let a third party put a solar panel on their roofs.
13 Apr
Solar's Value for Grid Circuits: Not Much on Average, but Huge for a Handful
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Jeff St. John
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses the UC Berkeley report that concludes that grid value of distributed solar is highly dependent on where PV is located.
13 Apr
Solar advocates fight to preserve incentives
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Jack Newsham
Adoption Year : 2015
Solar proponents in Massachusetts advocate for increasing or eliminating the cap on solar net metering in the state, with measured support from Attorney General Maura Healey.
13 Apr
Nearly Half of Western US Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Katherine Tweed
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses the results of a new study conducted by Arizona State University on the effects of climate change stream flow, air and water temperature, humidity and air density. It is expected that mid-century, nearly half of existing capacity operating in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, which spans 14 states, could be adversely affected to some degree.
13 Apr
Mississippi Continues to struggle with net metering policy
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Mississippi    
Author : Robert Walton
Adoption Year : 2015
The Mississippi Public Service Commission has extended the comment period regarding proposed net metering rules, and it is unclear when a vote will be taken, the Associated Press reports. Mississippi is one of five states with no net metering policy, and has been struggling with the issue since 2011. A proposed rule would cap net metering participation at 3%, though utilities want a more stringent limit; a study completed last year showed the state's residents would benefit under almost any net metering scenario.
13 Apr
Lower Cost Solar - A Utility-Scale Fig Leaf For An Outdated Monopoly Model
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2015
Responding to a piece in the Wall Street Journal by Brian Potts, John Farrell refutes arguments that solar is not cost-effective and valuable to the utility, and argues that it is actually the natural monopoly we allowed the utility to become that is untenable in our evolving system.
13 Apr
Lessons From the First Year of Xcel Energy's Community Solar Program
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Allen Gleckner
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses a status update of Xcel Energy's community solar program.
13 Apr
Is solar worth $0.33 per kWh? Inside Maine's valuation debate
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
Commentary about Maine's study that found that solar's real and whole value may be over $0.33 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
13 Apr
In California, a Campaign to Take Transmission Charges Out of Distributed Energy
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Jeff St. John
Adoption Year : 2015
This article tackles the question why DERs in California are paying for access to a transmission grid if they don't use it? Under California's current transmission access charge (TAC), 3 cents per kilowatt-hour is added to the 20-year leveled cost of energy in the state to pay for transmission projects. The state's big IOUs base their TAC on the total amount of power consumed at their customer's meter, which means that the TAC does not take into consideration how distributed energy reduces the need for new transmission investments. Clean Coalit
13 Apr
Economic Effects of Distributed PV Generation on California's Distribution System
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : California    
Author : M.A. Cohen, P.A. Kauzmann, D.S. Callaway
Adoption Year : 2015
The economic value of distributed photovoltaic (PV) electricity is affected both by its correlation with transmission level energy prices and by a host of effects it may have on distribution systems. In this study we combine detailed physical simulation of distribution circuits with budgetary information provided by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to estimate PV's value with respect avoided transmission-level energy expenditures, avoided distribution system capacity upgrades, and increased expenditures to manage voltage magnitudes. We find that f
13 Apr
How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    
Author : Meredith Fowlie
Adoption Year : 2015
Discussing the technical function of solar PV, pricing mechanisms, and how it should be apportioned on the grid (residential v. utility v. third party)
13 Apr
Green energy offers respite to job hunters amid oil sector layoffs
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @International    
Author : Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen
Adoption Year : 2015
Discussion of the growth of the renewable energy job sector abroad
13 Apr
Governor Sandoval Gambling His Vice Presidential Chances Away with Anti-Solar Records
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Nevada    
Author : Sarah Wolfe
Adoption Year : 2015
Article on Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval's drop in support both in Nevada and as a potential Presidential VP candidate after voters learned about his lack of leadership role in protecting solar jobs and promoting solar energy.
08 Apr
The Future of Solar Energy
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Technology    
State : @National    
Author : Energy Initiative - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Adoption Year : 2015
This study examines the current state of U.S. solar electricity generation, the several technological approaches that have been and could be followed to convert sunlight to electricity, and the market and policy environments the solar industry has faced. Our objective is to assess solar energy’s current and potential competitive position and to identify changes in U.S. government policies that could more efficiently and effectively support the industry’s robust, long-term growth.
08 Apr
Pathway to a 21st Century Electric Utility
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Peter Kind, Energy Infrastructure Advocates LLC
Adoption Year : 2015
Utilities do an excellent job of? what they are mandated to do— provide safe, reliable and affordable energy. Utilities are not going away, because we require them to operate the electric grid, so why not expand the scope of their mandate to manage an environment in which consumers use energy and electricity more efficiently to create customer value and optimize the electricity system for the benefit of all? In this environment, utilities will be incented to maximize customer and system value, as opposed to simply building infrastructure. Gi
08 Apr
Community solar farms can work for neighborhoods
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Rob Ellis
Adoption Year : 2015
Article about the benefits that solar could bring to Maine. In particular, the article focuses on the benefits of community solar farms.
08 Apr
Community Solar and Value of Solar
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2015
Blog post by Karl Rábago discussing how VOS fits with community or shared solar.
08 Apr
Biden Calls Out Special-Interest Groups for Stifling Solar Market Growth
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Julia Pyper
Adoption Year : 2015
Using Vice President Joe Biden's speech as a back drop, this article discusses the different solar PV initiatives undertaken by the Obama administration.
08 Apr
Beyond fixed charges: 'Disruptive Challenges' author charts new utility path
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
This article does a comparison of Peter Kind's 2013 paper, Disruptive Challenges, and his 2015 paper, Pathways to a 21st Century Utility. In his 2013 paper, Kind encouraged the utility sector to response to disruption of distributed energy resources by coming up with techniques to preserve their revenue streams. In his 2015 paper, Kind promotes the a sector that is more nimble and competitive, likely made up of smaller utilities.
08 Apr
Shining Rewards - The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Lindsey Hallock, Frontier Group; Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Analysis of 11 studies on the benefits and costs of solar and concludes that net metering is fair way to compensate solar owners for the value they provide.
08 Apr
As net metering debate continues, report shows benefits of solar energy far outweigh costs
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Ben Hellerstein
Adoption Year : 2015
This post discusses the report, "Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop solar Power for Consumers and Society," which analyzed 11 studies on the benefits and costs of solar and concludes that net metering is fair way to compensate solar owners for the value they provide.
08 Apr
As California Loses Hydro Resources to Drought, Large-Scale Solar Fills In the Gap
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Tax Issues    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Stephen Lacey
Adoption Year : 2015
Large increase in the amount of large-scale solar production in California, surpassing "reliable sources" like geothermal and biomass, fortunately accounting for the reduction in hydro production. Article also notes an increase in solar PPAs entered in anticipation of the FTC expiration in 2017, many of which were mega-projects.
08 Apr
America's Power Plan: The top 5 trends in the US energy transformation
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Sonia Aggarwal
Adoption Year : 2015
This article is a list of the top developments and lessons in the energy system transition. Number four on the list discusses the value-of-solar tariffs and successful rate reform, which allows for the full value of benefits provided by distributed energy.
08 Apr
Maine Value of Solar Study
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Maine Public Utilities Commission
Adoption Year : 2015
During its 2014 session, the Maine Legislature enacted an Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine. P.L Chapter 562 (April 24, 2014) (codified at 35-A M.R.S. §§ 3471-3473) (“Act”). Section 2 of the Act required the Public Utilities Commission (Commission) to determine the value of distributed solar energy generation in the State, evaluate implementation options, and to deliver a report to the Legislature. For the project, the Commission developed the value of solar methodology through a mediated stakeholder review process, conducted
08 Apr
5 top ideas for Energy Policy – what will drive a transition?
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Heather Smith
Adoption Year : 2015
Heather Smith's post about what she believes are the five key domains that will drive the energy transition. These domains include: 1) ultra local price incentives; 2) shared control over decision making; 3) investing in innovation; 4) making information available and well used; and 5) having a long term strategy where community energy is recognized and supported as a permanent feature of our energy transition.
04 Apr
50 States of Solar - 2015 Policy Review - Q4 Quarterly Report
Monday, April 4, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, Meister Consultants Group
Adoption Year : 2015
The purpose of this report is to provide state lawmakers and regulators, electric utilities, the solar industry, and other energy stakeholders with timely, accurate, and unbiased updates on how states are choosing to study, adopt, implement, amend, or discontinue policies associated with distributed solar photovoltaics (PV). This report catalogues proposed and enacted legislative, regulatory policy, and rate design changes affecting the value proposition of distributed solar PV during the most recent quarter, with an emphasis on the residential
31 Mar
MIT: Solar should ditch net metering, fight for federal tax incentives
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    
State : @Federal    @Federal    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2015
This article briefly mentions a part of the MIT report on the future of solar energy and gives its insight.  The article states seemingly supports the idea of thin-film technologies.  It states they could be made from earth-abundant materials to produce higher-efficiency, lower cost, lighter-weight modules to help overcome current barriers such as high balance of system costs.
31 Mar
Ditching Net Metering Is in the 'Best Interest' of Solar, Say MIT Economists
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Julia Pyper at Greentech Media
Adoption Year : 2015
This article highlighted a 332-page report by MIT on the future of solar energy.  The article focused on MIT's wary conclusions and rationale behind solar energy.  It stated solar energy is important to address climate change; however, growth in solar energy is not guaranteed.  One recommendation is to move away from net metering policies for distributed solar because distribution costs are eventually shifted onto utility customers who do not have solar energy resources.  While there are many reports that state this same conclusion, there are a