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29 Sep
Why APS Can't Keep Subsidizing Solar
Friday, September 29, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Arizona    
Author : Barbra Lockwood
Adoption Year : 2016
A net metering subsidy was useful to get the solar market in Arizona off the ground, but now it is causing non-solar customers to pay more than they should for electricity. It is time for Arizona to adopt new regulation that values solar in an equitable manner for all customers.
11 Jan
5 Emerging Trends That Drove the Utility Industry in 2016
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Katherine Tweed
Adoption Year : 2016
The power sector is similar to geology in the sense that change must often be measured over long periods of time in order to see significant patterns. Increasingly, however, the timescale of change in the power sector is accelerating. As we look back at 2016, we see an industry grappling with seismic upheaval, and trying to adapt faster than it ever has before.
11 Jan
Rocky Mountain Power solar tax proposals are counter productive
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Utah    
Author : H. Macdaniel Ball
Adoption Year : 2016
Rocky Mountain Power contends that rooftop solar owners are currently costing other rate payers and is applying for additional charges for new solar customers; charges that would allow the utility to make a profit on investments made by solar owners.
11 Jan
In solar proceedings, let the sun shine in
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Anne Hoskins
Adoption Year : 2016
Consumers across the political spectrum go solar as a matter of choice, and if this election tells us anything, Americans want to feel they hold their destiny in their own hands. In fact, the only ballot initiative in the country that presented voters with a clear choice on solar was in Florida, and voters soundly rejected the anti-solar initiative. Commissioners gathering at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Annual Meeting in La Quinta, California this weekend should set the right policy terms so that progres
11 Jan
No matter the president, solar outlook increasingly bright
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Jesse Grossman, The Hill
Adoption Year : 2016
Donald Trump’s election has generated significant and legitimate concerns over the future of federal clean energy policy, with campaign promises disavowing global warming and promoting traditional energy sources such as coal and fracking. With this in mind, observers may worry about America’s solar industry outlook. But the incoming administration portends very little change in the U.S. solar market’s velocity for at least several years and it may mark solar’s coming-of-age moment as a market-driven force independent of federal policy.
11 Jan
Counter to utility claims, studies show solar users provide net benefits
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Environment America Research & Policy Center
Adoption Year : 2016
Solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, counter to utility claims that solar owners don’t pay their fair share.
20 Dec
CAISO avoiding fix to massive market distortion that harms local renewables [WEBINAR VIDEO LINK]
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Katie Ramsey, Clean Coalition; Daryl Michalik, Dynamic Grid Council
Adoption Year : 2016
The webinar featured a presentation providing background on the massive TAC distortion that heaps a 3 cents/kWh disadvantage on local renewables and results in highly unfavorable economic and environmental outcomes. The webinar also summarized how the California independent System Operator (CAISO) has failed to address the TAC issue on a timely basis and provided recommendations for a straightforward fix, at almost no cost, that could be implemented without delay and in a manner that reduces the substantial risks to California that are associat
20 Dec
Transmission Access Charges (TAC): A Massive Market Distortion That Harms Local Renewables and California Ratepayers
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Katie Ramsey, Clean Coalition; Daryl Michalik, Dynamic Grid Council
Adoption Year : 2016
Transmission Access Charges (TAC) are fees designed to pay for the state’s transmission system, including operations and maintenance, amortization of capital, and return-on-equity. TAC add about $0.03 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to the levelized cost of energy over a 20-year contract, which is about 30% of the wholesale value of energy in California. To align costs and benefits, TAC should only apply to energy that is delivered through the transmission system. Therefore, TAC should be calculated based on the metered Transmission Energy own flow as
06 Dec
The Next Front in the Net-Metering Battle: Utah
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : Utah    
Author : Benjamin Storrow, E&E Publishing
Adoption Year : 2016
Utah's sole investor owned utility, Rocky Mountain Power, has proposed a series of fixed charges on rooftop panel owners, in a move that photovoltaic advocates say would effectively crush the Beehive State's nascent solar industry. The fight represents the latest front in the ever expanding national battle over residential solar. Florida voters rejected a proposal this month that would have paved the way for utilities to impose fixed charges on rooftop panel owners. Arizona witnessed a hard fought election this fall, where five candidates compe
17 Nov
Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Adoption Year : 2016
Conventional wisdom suggests the biggest wind and solar power plants will be cheapest, but where they deliver power, and who will own them, matters more.
11 Nov
Op-ed: Rooftop solar’s worth? Don’t forget the value of saving the Earth
Friday, November 11, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Utah    
Author : Michael Shae, The Salt Lake Tribune
Adoption Year : 2016
In meeting rooms, council chambers, and at the Utah State Legislature, the question is being asked; What is the "value" of rooftop solar? When rooftop solar systems generate more power than a home is using, the electricity goes back into the grid and the utility buys it. This process is called net-metering. The value of that electricity is now the topic of important energy pricing debates. The higher dollar value of solar energy, the more affordable rooftop solar systems are to Utah families.
11 Nov
Findings Support New Rate for Future Rooftop Solar Customers in Utah
Friday, November 11, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Utah    
Author : Rocky Mountain Power
Adoption Year : 2016
In November 2015, the Utah Public Service Commission asked Rocky Mountain Power to study the costs and benefits of net metering in Utah, and based on that, to propose updated net metering rates. After analyzing a wide range of energy consumption and customer use data over the last year, the study made two important findings: 1. While rooftop solar customers take less energy from the power grid than other customers, the cost of serving solar customers is nearly the same because they still need to use the power grid and rely on Rocky Mountain Pow
21 Oct
Our View: PUC solar proposal wrong policy, process
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Maine    
Author : The Editorial Board, Portland Press Herald
Adoption Year : 2016
Tasked with finding a fair way to expand the state’s solar energy portfolio, representatives of interests that did not agree on much hammered out a compromise plan that would expand capacity while sharing the benefits among all ratepayers. Their ideas were drafted into a bill, and it passed both houses of the Legislature with strong bipartisan support.
21 Oct
Locational Value: A Key To Unlocking Grid Benefits of Ditributed Energy Resources
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Alana Lemarchand
Adoption Year : 2016
Nexant’s work with the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) on our recent paper, “Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources,” was rooted in what both organizations saw as a key obstacle to utility integration of these distributed technologies on the grid. Distributed energy resources (DERs) are at the center of a range of policy conversations across the country, propelled by the growing potential of these distributed technologies – such as solar, storage and demand response -- to shape energy and grid inv
21 Oct
Location Matters: California Regulators Investigate More Granular Solar Benefits
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : California    
Author : Joseph Bebon
Adoption Year : 2016
In a transmission plan approved in March, the California Independent System Operator cancelled 13 subtransmission projects that previously had been approved in Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) territory. PG&E supported the project cancellations, which will save customers $192 million. The utility pointed out that rooftop solar and energy efficiency have reduced their load forecast and stated, “The need for those is just not there anymore.”
21 Oct
Local View: Far from a drain, solar power a huge asset to society
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Dr. Eric Enberg
Adoption Year : 2016
As the country increasingly transitions to a renewable energy future, many utilities are ferociously resisting solar energy, often claiming homeowners who have solar arrays are pushing the costs of maintaining the grid onto other customers. Some utilities have placed punitively high fixed charges on solar arrays to diminish their economic viability — including here in Minnesota.
21 Oct
Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2016
Despite the evidence about limits to scale economies, the conventional wisdom that bigger is better has persisted into the renewable energy power industry. It’s particularly ironic, since the costly ever-bigger power plants of the 1970s led Congress to pass the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), the federal law that opened the door to renewable energy alternatives to conventional power plants. This lesson seems lost on many observers of the renewable energy industry.
21 Oct
Is The Tide Turning On StateLevel Solar Policy Fights?
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Jesse Grossman
Adoption Year : 2016
Utilities continue filing requests to increase fixed charges, but reports show regulators have denied the majority of these requests. Compromise solar valuation regulatory decisions occurred in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. Meanwhile, policymakers in New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island have taken progressive solar action, and voters overwhelmingly supported expanding solar access in Florida.
21 Oct
In Texas, MP2 Energy Sees the ‘Shape’ of Rooftop Solar as Value to Substitute for Net Metering
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Texas    
Author : Jeff St. John
Adoption Year : 2016
When SolarCity announced last year that it was moving into Texas, solar industry watchers scratched their heads. How, they asked, could a rooftop solar installer put together a moneymaking proposition for itself and its customers in a state without net metering? The answer lies with its partner, MP2 Energy.
21 Oct
Court upholds Obama's social cost of carbon accounting for federal regulations
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Robert Walton, Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2016
The Obama Administration has won a significant victory for its use of a social cost metric to determine the impacts of new environmental and efficiency rules, in a unanimous circuit court decision that appeared to leave opponents with little room to maneuver. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies use the social cost of carbon (SCCO2) to estimate the climate benefits of rulemakings. The cost currently sits at $36 per metric ton. While opponents of the rule had questioned its use and the process to develop sta
21 Oct
Arizona needs a full analysis of rooftop solar benefits
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : Arizona    
Author : Joe Wellinghoff
Adoption Year : 2016
There is a simple way for the state’s regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission to end this back and forth: undertake a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis, conducted by an impartial third party group, that will finally look at the full range of benefits that rooftop solar provides to all Arizonans.
19 Oct
Victoria’s Transitional Solar Feed-In Tariff Payments End Soon
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Texas    
Author : The SUN
Adoption Year : 2016
A short news article which announces that Victoria residents participating in Texas's Transitional Feed-in Tariff (TFIT) scheme will soon be getting less for their solar power sold to the grid as the 25c per kilowatt hour rate will end on December 31.
19 Oct
The Imperial Irrigation District Has a New Rooftop Solar Plan, and Solar Installers Say It's Terrible
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    @National    
Author : Sammy Roth
Adoption Year : 2016
This article involves the switch from Net Metering (NEM) to value of solar.
19 Oct
Taking Renewable Energy Beyond Net Metering
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    @National    
Author : Jonathan H Harsch © Copyright AgriPulse Communications, Inc.
Adoption Year : 2016
The rapid growth of rooftop solar and expected carbon emissions limits are forcing electric utilities and regulatory agencies to write new rules to make it possible for both utilities and renewable energy to continue to grow. That's a challenge because current regulations make utility company profits dependent on their capital investment in power plants, transmission lines and overall grid infrastructure.
19 Oct
Study Shows Solar Saves Money for All Ratepayers in Maine by Reducing Peak Demand
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Maine    
Author : Natural Resources Council of Maine
Adoption Year : 2016
An updated analysis of the “value of solar” power in Maine shows that solar installations within the state cut electricity prices for everyone in Maine who pays an electric bill, by reducing peak demand on the grid and power plants. Consumer demand for electricity peaks on hot, sunny summer afternoons, when use of air conditioning goes way up. This is when solar panels are producing power directly for homes and businesses, thereby reducing the demand for electricity from the grid.
19 Oct
Studied To Death — Solar Customers Don't Harm NonSolar Ratepayers
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    @International    @National    
Author : Tony Clifford
Adoption Year : 2016
An article that discusses the allegation that solar users cause non-solar ratepayers to pay more in rates.
18 Oct
SPI 2016: When Will We Have a “Got Milk” for Solar?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Technology    
State : @Federal    @International    @National    
Author : Rosana Francescato
Adoption Year : 2016
This article discusses and suggests that solar generation should be branded, as such, when people hear about solar, they immediately have a complete idea of what it represents and its inherent benefits.
18 Oct
Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology: Half the Price of Coal.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @International    
Author : Joe Romm
Adoption Year : 2016
This blog article discusses the value of solar energy and the low cost power generation it offers. It cited Chile as an example of a country that recently accepted a bid for the development of Spanish developer Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica for 120 megawatts of solar at the stunning price of $29.10 per megawatt-hour (2.91 cents per kilowatt-hour or kwh).
18 Oct
Solar Benefits — Should Utah Solar Owners be Paid 50 Percent More?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Utah    
Author : KSL Local
Adoption Year : 2016
This article discusses Net Metering (NEM) operations in Utah.
18 Oct
So Close, So Far: Can Maine Put Its Near Agreement On Solar Net Metering Back Together Again?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Maine    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
This news article discusses Maine's Net Metering ("NEM") and its proposed review.
18 Oct
Scale and Scope of Kansas Value-of-Solar Study Yet to be Determined
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Kansas    
Author : Karen Uhlenhuth
Adoption Year : 2016
This is a news article that announces the intention of the decision of the Kansas Corporation Commission to study not only the costs – but also any possible benefits – that distributed solar generation creates for the local electric utility and its customers.
18 Oct
RIP FITS: As U.S. Feed-in Tariffs Fade, Adopting Elements Could Spur Solar Growth
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    @International    @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
This short article discusses the evolution of Feedin Tariffs and Net Metering. It also suggests how elements of both incentive schemes could help policymakers settle on a more sustainable, long term solar support.
18 Oct
Q&A: Conservatives Debate Clean Energy Approaches in Minnesota
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Frank Jossi
Adoption Year : 2016
Some conservatives, concerned they’re being left behind in the clean energy discussion, have begun to show a growing interest in renewable energy and public policy at both the state and federal level. State organizations have formed to promote a free market view of energy, and national advocacy groups have become more forceful in the debate, as seen at a forum held last week at the Republican convention.
11 Oct
Recommendation of Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge, Teena Jibilian to the Arizona Corporation Commission
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Arizona    
Author : Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge, Teena Jibilian
Adoption Year : 2016
Recommendation and Order of the Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge, Teena Jibilian to the Arizona Corporation Commission in the Matter of the Commission's Investigation of Value and Cost of Distributed Generation. The Order also touched on the issue of Net Metering.
07 Oct
Investigation by the Department of Public Utilities on its own motion as to the propriety of the rates and charges proposed by Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company in their petition for approval of an increase in base distribution rates for electric service
Friday, October 7, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Adoption Year : 2016
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Order concerning National Grid's petition for an increase in its base distribution rates. Notably, the DPU rejected increases to fixed charges.
07 Oct
Massachusetts regulators curb National Grid's fixed fee hike
Friday, October 7, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Robert Walton
Adoption Year : 2016
DPU's order rejected a proposal to charge community solar, government, and other solar projects a new monthly fee sought by Massachusetts Electric Co. and Nantucket Electric Co., operating jointly under National Grid. Vote Solar argued the utilities' petitions would have fundamentally changed the structure of fixed charges paid by customers each month.
07 Oct
Beyond the Meter: Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources
Friday, October 7, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Smart Electric Power Alliance in partnership with Nexant
Adoption Year : 2016
This report, “Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources,” the second in the Beyond the Meter series, focuses on evaluating distributed energy resources (DERs) as grid assets. Several utility-led projects now underway are testing DERs—or as some call them, “non-wires alternatives”—as an option preferable to investments in traditional assets for capacity expansion, upgrade, or renewal. Many thought leaders and industry experts have mapped the stream of potential benefits and provided the initial foundationa
05 Oct
Work Session Framework: New Energy Industry Task Force Policy Recommendations
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Nevada    
Author : New Energy Industry Task Force (NEITF), Nevada
Adoption Year : 2016
The publication contains the recommendations of the New Energy Industry Task Force to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) on adoption of clean energy policies. The recommendations cut across the areas of Clean Energy, Distributed Generation and Storage, and Grid Modernization.
05 Oct
Nevada Solar Advocates Laud Task-Force Recommendations
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Nevada    
Author : Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV
Adoption Year : 2016
"[This is a News article which highlights the excitement] of solar advocates in Nevada [with regards] to the recommendations...released by Gov. Brian Sandoval's New Energy Industry Task Force. [The recommendations] propose that customers be allowed to sell excess solar electricity back to the grid at reasonable rates, in exchange for a small baseline fee on their bills."
27 Sep
Value of Solar and Grid Benefits Studies - Alternative Approaches and Results
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jim Lazar (RAP Senior Advisor), Dr. Thomas Vitolo (Synapse Energy Economics Senior Associate)
Adoption Year : 2016
Jim Lazar of RAP and Dr. Thomas Vitolo of Synapse Energy Economics delve into questions surrounding the value of solar, including an examination of the relative merits of various types of value of solar studies, cost recovery methods, and how results from these studies can affect rate design and compensation for PV customers. Link to recording of their presentation: http://www.raponline.org/event/the-value-of-solar-assessing-the-benefits-the-costs-and-what-it-may-mean-for-net-energy-metering/?utm_source=ZohoCampaigns&utm_campaign=2016+Septe
21 Sep
Achieving very high PV penetration – The need for an effective electricity remuneration framework and a central role for grid operators
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Richard Perez, Karl R. Rábago (Rabago), Mike Trahan, Lyle Rawlings, Ben Norris, Tom Hoff, Morgan Putnam, Marc Perez
Adoption Year : 2016
This article proposes that optimally deployed solutions to the intermittency introduced by high penetration solar – e. g., electrical storage, optimized curtailment and demand response – could affordably transform solar power generation into the firm power delivery system modern energy economies require, thereby enabling very high solar penetration and the displacement of conventional power generation. The optimal deployment of these high-penetration-enabling solutions imply the existence of a healthy power grid, and therefore imply a central r
21 Sep
Distributed Energy Resources in Nevada - Quantifying the net benefits of distributed energy resources
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Nevada    
Author : SolarCity, NRDC
Adoption Year : 2016
Rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) and distributed energy resources can deliver net benefits to Nevadans today and, if thoughtfully utilized, play a significant role in Nevada’s energy future. However, these benefits are not being fully realized in practice today. Narrow accounting of distributed resources’ contribution to the grid, financial disincentives embedded in utility regulatory models, and outdated grid planning procedures are preventing full utilization of these assets. But these obstacles can be readily overcome. Doing so will deliver
12 Sep
Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives
Monday, September 12, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    California    Connecticut    Florida    Georgia    Illinois    Louisiana    Maine    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    North Carolina    
Author : Consumer Energy Alliance, Report prepared by: Borlick Associates, LLC
Adoption Year : 2016
From the Executive Summary: To stimulate renewable energy development, governments at the local, state and federal level have provided a myriad of incentives for residential electricity customers who install solar panels on their roofs, some of which overlap. The combined effect of these incentives is quite substantial – particularly in light of the dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels that has recently occurred. This report aims to inform policymakers by quantifying the total incentives as a percentage of the installed cost of a ty
10 Aug
Energy Institute Comments for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : The Institute for 21st Century Energy
Adoption Year : 2016
As is evidenced by a large number of the questions posed by the FfC's notice of its solar power workshop, the rapid growth of the residential solar sector, along with the comparative inexperience of residential consumers with the economics of generating their own electricity, certainly warrants a close look by the FfC. Given that the primary mission of the FfC is to protect America' s consumers, the FfC's inquiry into the residential solar power sector is overdue.
10 Aug
SEIA Comment for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Thomas P. Kimbis - Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Adoption Year : 2016
The solar industry prides itself on its record of consumer protection. We view the protection of our customers as essential to our very existence. As the number of rooftop solar installations reaches 1 million, it is imperative that residential customers are protected, educated and armed with the best information possible so that they can make choices that are right for them and their families. Included is SEIA's Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power, amongst other handouts it provides its customers.
10 Aug
Competition Issues Between Solar Distributed Generation (DG) Firms and Regulated Utilities
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Tax Issues    
State : @National    
Author : Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Adoption Year : 2016
What was mostly theoretical in 1998 in terms of DG PV becoming a competing electricity generation platform with traditional centralized generation retail service has become a reality with the maturation of the solar industry, a ninety percent (90%) reduction in the cost of solar panels, a two thousand percent (2000%) increase in the number of solar workers, the spread of solar to dozens of states rather than California alone, innovation in financing and ownership structures for DG technologies, massive scaling in production, and sophisticated
10 Aug
Comments submitted by REPOWER by Solar Universe to the Federal Trade Commission Workshop “Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power,” June 21, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : REPOWER by Solar Universe
Adoption Year : 2016
For more than a decade, the success of solar as a business has required relatively stable rates and incentives. Unstable incentive structures (expiring incentives, inadequately funded incentive mechanisms, etc.) have been the one of the greatest limiting factors to DG industry growth. Consumers who don’t have confidence that solar savings estimates are accurate won’t commit to contracts, limiting market growth. Similarly, if DG companies are unsure about how long a particular incentive or rate structure will last, they won’t invest to expand th
10 Aug
NRECA Comments for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Jay Morrison - National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Adoption Year : 2016
Retail rates should be designed to treat all consumers equitably and designed to minimize cost shifting among consumers. In order to achieve these goals, rates and cost-drivers should be aligned as much as possible. NRECA is concerned that net metering policies lead to cost shifting among consumers. Cost shifting occurs because net metering customers underpay the fixed-costs they impose on the system and because utilities are required to pay significantly more than avoided cost for a resource that cannot be dispatched reliably.
09 Aug
Comment for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Burcin Unel - The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law
Adoption Year : 2016
As distributed energy resources (“DER”) are becoming increasingly common, the debate on how customers with such systems should be compensated is intensifying. More states are undertaking initiatives to evaluate their current policies, especially the policies directed at solar distributed generation such as net metering. As the Federal Trade Commission (“Commission”) noted in the announcement notice for Something New Under the Sun Workshop, determining the correct rate for net metering is a complex issue.2 Ideally, customers should pay for the f
09 Aug
FTC Testimony, Solar Electricity Project P161200 Comments
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Ashley Brown - Harvard Electricity Policy Group
Adoption Year : 2016
While the costs of rooftop photovoltaic panels have been declining very dramatically, the costs of installed systems have not kept pace. The fact is that the declining costs of the panels are simply not being passed on to consumers, as one might expect to happen in a competitive, or even a regulated cost based, market. Evidence from MIT and from the Lawrence Berkley National Lab suggests that American consumers of rooftop solar may be paying a premium, compared to other parts of the world. And despite the impressive declines in solar panel cos
09 Aug
Comments of the Edison Electric Institute Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Edward H. Comer - Edison Electric Institute (EEl)
Adoption Year : 2016
In advance of the workshop on solar power that will be held by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) at the end of June, the Edison Electric Institute (EEl) submits these comments addressing competition and consumer protection issues that may arise when electricity customers choose to install private (often rooftop) solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate some of their own electricity. EEl appreciates the opportunity to participate in the workshop and to submit these comments. The FTC has an important role to play in understanding
09 Aug
DG Solar PV and TPO, A Situational Analysis
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Rogier Fentener Van Vlissingen
Adoption Year : 2016
"Amid the recent melt-down of several Third Party Owned Solar PV providers, it is time to address both the deceptive marketing of this industry at the retail/consumer level and at the investor level. Based on my observations of the industry, along with analysis and writing in this area in recent years, mostly on blogs and financial sites like Seeking Alpha as well as some some Environmental/Energy websites, I have come to the conclusion that the principal impediment in this area is consumer confusion."
09 Aug
Comments of Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) for consideration at the Federal Trade Commission’s “Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power” Workshop
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Adoption Year : 2016
Center for Resource Solutions concerning the FTC's "Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power” Workshop." Comments included answers to questions offered at the workshop. CRS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. CRS has broad expertise in renewable energy market design, renewable energy standard development and verification, electricity product disclosures and consumer protection, and greenhouse gas reporting and accounting.
09 Aug
Comment for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    Arizona    
Author : Mark Brnovich - Office of the Arizona Attorney General
Adoption Year : 2016
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office submits this comment to outline the consumer protection issues encountered in Arizona regarding the rooftop solar industry and the steps taken by this office to address such issues. Although solar technology has the potential to provide many benefits to consumers, misrepresentations about rooftop solar are regrettably common. Because Arizona is fortunate to have abundant year-round sunshine, many rooftop solar businesses look to do business in Arizona. This has positioned the Arizona Attorney General’s Offi
09 Aug
Ballasted Systems and Commercial/Industrial Flat Roofs
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : David Rose
Adoption Year : 2016
The basic reason given by Solar Integrators for using Ballasted Racking Systems is to avoid penetrations that may be necessary for the Solar Electrical installation. This can sometimes be an improper evaluation of the system when it comes to the warranty that roofing manufacturers offer. The myth of ballasted systems is that they will automatically secure the existing warranty when in fact they can void a warranty even when there are fewer penetrations. Each Roofing Manufacturer has specific requirements and information that is to be met in ord
09 Aug
Comment for the Federal Trade Commission: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Benjamin Zycher
Adoption Year : 2016
This note responds to the FTC request for public comment attendant upon the workshop scheduled for June 21, 2016 on the topic “Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power,” as described on the FTC website, and detailed in a pdf document with that title. That document here is referenced as “the FTC discussion paper.”
09 Aug
Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : S. Becca Polisuk - The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC)
Adoption Year : 2016
The traditional utility business model conflicts with important policy goals, such as reducing total system cost, minimizing environmental impact and encouraging emerging technologies and innovation. In addition, the traditional business model might do little to ensure other goals – including improved customer service and reliability – are met. In light of the emergence of new technologies capable of reducing energy consumption and providing grid services on the customer side of the meter, regulators should consider whether the traditional uti
08 Aug
Comments of The Large Public Power Council In Response to Invitation of the Federal Trade Commission In Connection With Solar Distributed Generation Workshop
Monday, August 8, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Large Public Power Council (LPPC)
Adoption Year : 2016
To varying degrees, nearly all LPPC members are involved with the interconnection of customer­owned or controlled distributed generation, and the associated commercial and regulatory issues.  As the FTC’s notice suggests, these issues are challenging and have become highly politicized. with a substantial increase in the level of DG, utility rate structures establishing compensation for DG that may once have been viewed as providing an appropriate subsidy for a nascent business model now pose a substantial challenge to financial support for the 
08 Aug
Value of solar gains another foothold in Minnesota
Monday, August 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Frank Jossi
Adoption Year : 2016
Minnesota became the first state in the nation Thursday to adopt a “value of solar” approach for determining how community solar customers will be paid for the power the projects produce. The value of solar approach includes external factors such as avoided transmission investments, the favorable health and environmental impact of clean energy and the ability to help the electric grid meet large demand on sunny days when extra power is often needed.
05 Aug
Comments of Vote Solar in Response to the Questions for the Commission’s June 21 Workshop
Friday, August 5, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Vote Solar Institute
Adoption Year : 2016
On April 12, 2016 the Commission notified interested parties that it will hold a workshop on June 21, 2016 in Washington DC to examine competition and consumer protection issues raised by consumers’ growing use of rooftop solar panels to generate their own electric power. Vote Solar is interested in the issues to be discussed at the workshop and appreciates the opportunity to submit the comments below to the questions in the notice.
04 Aug
The Benefits and Costs of Solar Distributed Generation for Arizona Public Service, re: Docket no. E-00000J-14-0023
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Resource Type : Testimony
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : Arizona    
Author : B. Thomas Beach - The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC)
Adoption Year : 2016
This testimony responds to the Commission's request that parties file proposals on how to value distributed generation resources in Arizona.There is a developing consensus in the utility industry on the best practices for designing benefit-cost analyses of net metering and distributed resources, a consensus which draws upon the similar analyses which have become standard practice for other types of demand-side resources. These analyses assess the benefits and costs of these resources from multiple perspectives, including those of the principal
21 Jul
SolarCity continues installation growth in Q1, but bookings drop on policy issues
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Christian Roselund
Adoption Year : 2016
The largest distributed solar installer in the U.S. is continuing to grow, but some of the details were bumpy in Q1 due to interruptions in net metering policies in several states.
21 Jul
Solar breakthrough? Regulator says tariffs should recognise PV benefits
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : @International    
Author : Giles Parkinson
Adoption Year : 2016
It has taken nearly a decade and dozens of reviews, but finally an Australian regulator has recommended that rooftop solar installations – along with other distributed generation such as small wind turbines – be rewarded for the value they bring to the grid, and their environmental benefits.
21 Jul
Nevada Solar Subsidy Claims Need More Evidence
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : Nevada    
Author : Riley Snyder
Adoption Year : 2016
A group backed by Nevada’s energy monopoly is airing television ads that aim to cast a shadow over the well-publicized complaints of the rooftop solar industry. Solar Energy Fairness (which is backed by NV Energy, the state’s electric service monopoly) is airing an ad throughout Nevada with a narrator warning that "big rooftop solar" is trying to trick consumers into supporting a "government-mandated subsidy with no limits." "Big rooftop solar's plan forces Nevada families who don’t have solar panels to pay higher power bills to subsidize roo
21 Jul
Maine Voices: Solar energy bill extinguished by lobbying based on false, misleading information
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Maine    
Author : Sam Zuckerman
Adoption Year : 2016
Behind closed doors and in debate, Republican Minority Leader Ken Fredette let the attack on the most significant solar energy measure Maine has ever seen.
21 Jul
Caps Raised, New Hampshire Turns Attention to Imminent Struggle Over Solar Value
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : New Hampshire    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
Net energy metered distributed solar was fading in New Hampshire as developers neared the state policy’s cap. But in March, legislators came together and passed a new law doubling the limit. Problem solved? Not quite.
20 Jul
Net Energy Metering: Growth and Accountability in the Distributed Solar Market
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    Nevada    
Author : Luke Bassett
Adoption Year : 2016
The net metering policy landscape continues to change quickly—often reactively—and varies greatly from state to state. Recently, under pressure from electric utilities, some state public utility commissions, or PUCs, have started to reconsider how to set electricity rates in order to ensure utilities can cover costs and realize a reasonable return on their investments.
18 Jul
Big solar is leaving rooftop systems in the dust
Monday, July 18, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Nichola Groom (Reuters)
Adoption Year : 2016
Solar power is on pace for the first time this year to contribute more new electricity to the grid than will any other form of energy – a feat driven more by economics than green mandates. The cost of electricity from large-scale solar installations now is comparable to and sometimes cheaper than natural gas-fired power, even without incentives aimed at promoting environmentally friendly power, according to industry players and outside cost studies.
24 May
Rooftop solar: Net metering is a net benefit
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Mark Muro and Devashree Saha
Adoption Year : 2016
Rooftop solar is booming in U.S. cities. Regulators and utilities need to engage in a broader and more honest conversation about how to integrate distributed generation technologies into the grid nationwide, with an eye toward instituting a fair utility cost recovery strategy that does not pose significant challenges to solar adoption.
23 May
The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Achieving High Penetrations of Solar Energy in the United States
Monday, May 23, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Wiser, Ryan H., Trieu Mai, Dev Millstein, Jordan Macknick, Alberta Carpenter, Stuart Cohen, Wesley Cole, Bethany Frew, Garvin A. Heath
Adoption Year : 2016
This study finds that a future U.S. electricity system in which solar plays a major role—14% of demand in 2030, and 27% in 2050—would result in enduring environmental and health benefits; that the existing fleet of solar power plants is already offering a down-payment towards those benefits; and that there are sizable regional differences in the magnitude of the benefits. The total monetary value of the greenhouse-gas and criteria air pollution benefits of the high-penetration scenario exceeds $400 billion under central estimates, which is equi
23 May
New study tallies environmental and public health benefits of solar power
Monday, May 23, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Adoption Year : 2016
Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
10 May
Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC) Flyer
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : NESEMC
Adoption Year : 2016
One page overview of the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC).
10 May
Value of Solar - Tariff Pilot Design Elements
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Paper details the key design elements of a VOS tariff. A “value of solar tariff” operates like a net metering tariff in providing customers with a monthly bill credit for the act of generating electricity from a private solar PV system. Unlike traditional net metering, however, the value of the solar generation credit is calculated based on the levelized present value of the sum of the life-cycle costs and benefits of energy produced by the solar PV system, instead of a credit based on the customer’s otherwise applicable tariffed rate for co
10 May
Value of Solar - Study Design Elements
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
A more detailed introduction to Value of Solar studies than the one page summary: what they are, key design elements, and their applications. Includes a data table with an illustrative example of a how results might be structured.
10 May
How to Assess the True Value of Solar
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Brief introduction to Value of Solar studies: what they are, key design elements, and their applications. Includes a data table with an illustrative example of a how results might be structured.
10 May
The Value of Distributed Renewable Energy Generation (Video and Slide Deck)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Rhode Island    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Slide presentation made to the Rhode Island Legislature on the value of distributed generation and other distributed energy resources. This is the deck being referenced during the Presentation (Video Link).
08 May
Report to the Legislature Regarding Market-Based Solar Policy Design Stakeholder Process Pursuant to Resolves 2015, ch. 37
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Maine Public Utilities Commission
Adoption Year : 2016
Report reflecting the information gathered on solar promotion policy and an alternative to the current net metering billing system. It contains a description of the stakeholder process and a discussion of areas in which, in the Commission's view, there was substantial agreement and areas in which there was disagreement
06 May
Modified Final Order on the Applications of Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company for approval of a cost-of-service study and net metering tariffs
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Tax Issues    
State : Nevada    
Author : Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Adoption Year : 2016
Nevada Public Utilities Commission Docket No. 15-07041, 15-07042. Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company filed Applications for approval of a cost-of-service study and net energy metering tariffs. The Applications were granted as modified in the discussion and findings in the Order. The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada revised the tariffs and rates for both companies.
06 May
Detailed Comments In re: Distributed Generation before the Iowa Utilities Board
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : Testimony
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Iowa    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Iowa Utilities Board Docket No. NOI-2014-0001. Clean distributed generation ("DG") is the most exciting development in electric service and technology since the negawatt. It offers a host of advantages, but also has been perceived as a threat by utilities. While industry experts and many in the utility business have moved on beyond initial reactions to impose fixed charges and demand charges in an effort to undermine DG economics, there are still important issues, such as data-driven issues, that need to be addressed. Data-driven issues are is
06 May
Order Establishing the Benefit Cost Analysis Framework
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 : 2016
New York PSC Case 14-M-0101. In the Track 1 Order, the Public Service Commission directed the Department of Public Service Staff (Staff) to develop and issue a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Whitepaper for considering and evaluating proposals made within the scope of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding and related proceedings.
03 May
Martha’s Vineyard basks in solar energy initiatives
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Diane Alter
Adoption Year : 2016
The growing push for solar energy reflects a combination of tax incentives, conservation policies, and entrepreneurial drive.
03 May
Can utilities learn to love distributed solar like central station arrays?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2016
With the federal tax break for solar now assured into the early 2020s, the business opportunity it presents to utilities has never seemed bigger. Most utilities are already signing power purchase agreements for central station solar, or are building it themselves. But are they missing out on an opportunity to grow solar on their customers’ rooftops? Or is that a poor value proposition for utilities and their ratepayers?
26 Apr
The Net Metering Riddle
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Net metering opponents have done a masterful job in casting the debate around mistaken assumptions. As regulators conduct NEM 2.0 and Value of Solar proceedings, those errant assumptions should be exposed and the real questions addressed.
13 Apr
Survey: Utilities, Regulators and the Solar Industry Actually Agree on Net Metering
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Rick Thompson
Adoption Year : 2016
Summary of trends GTM Squared published in their Annual Survey Report. One question surveyed is how distributed, consumer sited solar should be valued. The article specifically mentions the "value of solar" tariff as one of the answers.
13 Apr
Rural electric co-ops, traditionally bastions of coals, are getting into solar
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Illinois    Iowa    Wisconsin    
Author : David Roberts
Adoption Year : 2016
This post discusses particular problems in rural communities gaining access to the grid and the history and rise of rural co-ops. In particular, focuses on the switch from energy generated from coal to energy produced by renewable energy sources resulting from new financial options.
13 Apr
PV Valuation Methodology - Recommendations for Regulated Utilities in Iowa
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Iowa    
Author : Ben Norris, Clean Power Research
Adoption Year : 2016
Introduction Clean Power Research (CPR) was engaged by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association to develop a methodology for valuing distributed solar energy resources. Many studies have been performed by CPR and others over recent years to in which methodologies have been developed to perform these valuations. Distributed solar differs from conventional generation in several respects. First, it is not dispatchable and therefore requires a means for evaluating its “effective” capacity to put it on a comparable economic footing with in-market
13 Apr
Our Turn: the truth about net-metering
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : New Hampshire    
Author : Kate Epsen and Dick Norman
Adoption Year : 2016
This article talks about the benefits and controversies of net-metering, both at a small residential system level and the larger hydro-power or solar systems used by municipal, commercial, and industrial level. Two of the main questions addressed in this article is how do we fairly value the renewable credits generated by these system and how do we calculate what customers should pay for those services?
13 Apr
Future of U.S. Solar Risk in Net-Metering Suppression
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Nicola Groom, Reuters
Adoption Year : 2016
This article discusses the re-consideration of Net-Metering policies in 25 states because of the declining prices of solar panels and the effect it is having on solar providers.
08 Apr
Buffet: Wind and Solar Power Competition Challenges Utilities
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Tax Issues    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jim Polson and Mark Chediak
Adoption Year : 2016
This article focuses on the annual letter that Warren Buffet, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., wrote to his shareholders. In that letter, Buffet discusses "how tax credits and other government-mandated help for renewables might erode the economics of incumbent utility, particularly if it is high-cost operator."
08 Apr
Beyond net-metering: How location can help put a price on DER
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
This article discusses the introduction of value of study studies and how different states are progressing in the debate of whether retail rates net-metering should still be used.
08 Apr
Appraising into the Sun: Six-State Solar Home Paired-Sale Analysis
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    California    Florida    Maryland    North Carolina    Oregon    Pennsylvania    
Author : Sandra Adomatis and Ben Hoen
Adoption Year : 2016
Abstract: Although residential solar photo-voltaic (PV) installations have proliferated, PV systems on some U.S. homes still receive no value during an appraisal because comparable home sales are lacking. To value residential PV, some previous studies have employed paired-sales appraisal methods to analyze large samples. Our first-of-its-kind study connects the two approaches. It uses appraisal methods to evaluate sale price premiums for owned PV systems on single-unit detached houses that were also evaluated in a large statistical study. Indep
08 Apr
A rational look at the value of solar: Comparison of value of solar studies can often be misleading
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Ben Norris
Adoption Year : 2016
Norris, in his op-ed, discusses the arguments for and against using VOS studies. Norris argues that when looking at VOS study results, which can be drastically different, the question is not whether VOS studies is a valid way of evaluating costs and benefits. Rather, the important questions 1) What should the preferred framework of VOS studies be?; 2) What cost and benefit categories should be included?; 3) Are the underlying data publicly available and the calculation methods transparent enough to be repeatable by other parties? As support, N
05 Apr
Net Metering Is the Solar Industry’s Junk Food
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Tom Konrad, Greentech Media (GTM)
Adoption Year : 2016
It’s time for the solar industry to grapple with what “doing good” actually means, argues Tom Konrad.
31 Mar
Value of Distributed Photovoltaics to Austin Energy and the City of Austin
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Texas    
Author : Clean Power Research LLC, Karl Rábago (Rabago), Leslie Libby, Tim Harvey, Benjamin Norris, Thomas Hoff
Adoption Year : 2016
Austin Energy plans to offer residential customers a new solar net metering tariff based on the value of solar energy generated from distributed photovoltaic (PV) systems in the grid to the utility in place of traditional net metering. Austin Energy worked with Clean Power Research (CPR) to employ the algorithms from a utility value calculator to design the solar tariff. A rebate structure was also designed in order to ensure that customers still satisfy a key economic cost-effectiveness test and address first-cost barriers facing solar custome
31 Mar
Introductory Presentation to the Value of Solar
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago
Adoption Year : 2016
Introductory presentation to the Value of Solar - March 31, 2016