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05 Oct
Power to the People: What's Really Happening With Net Metering
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Fredrick Hewett
Adoption Year : 2017
Utilities in Massachusetts are pushing the narrative that customers with solar panels who zero out their electric bills via net metering are putting the cost of maintaing the grid to those without solar. This false narrative is the utility attempt to hold on to energy policies from the past. The continuing growth of solar energy and other renewables will inevitably phase out fossil fuels and force society to find answers to the business, economic and technological questions about our clean energy future.
05 Oct
Solar Jobs, Coal Jobs, and the Value of Jobs in General
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Peter O'Connor
Adoption Year : 2017
Solar jobs have higher labor requirements than coal jobs and some would argue that this is a bad thing. However, when multiple inputs to production are weighed between the solar and coal industries, it is clear that solar gives more people jobs, uses less input in the process, is better for the environment, and comes out on top of the coal industry.
05 Oct
Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) Approves Community Solar Rules
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Renewable Energy Magazine
Adoption Year : 2017
The Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) has approved community solar rules that will help to enable all citizens in the state to directly participate in, and benefit from, local solar projects.
05 Oct
Global Solar Capacity Set to Surpass Nuclear for the First Time
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Stephen Lacey
Adoption Year : 2017
By then end of 2017, solar PV capacity will rival nuclear. By 2022, it could more than double nuclear capacity.
05 Oct
In Solar Scuffle, Big Utilities Meet Their Match
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Elizabeth Shogren
Adoption Year : 2017
Solar Advocates win in Nevada
29 Sep
NPCC: Northeast Has Sufficient Power Supplies to Meet Demand This Summer
Friday, September 29, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Peter Maloney
Adoption Year : 2017
Though the northeastern region lost 350 MW of capacity from the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2017, the region added 2,242 MW of new capacity, with more than half being from renewable resources. Giving the value of solar more backing.
29 Sep
Value of Utility Scale vs Rooftop Solar Debated Amid Price Decline
Friday, September 29, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Kevin Randolph
Adoption Year : 2017
At the 2017 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commission winter committee meeting, two panelists discussed the benefits and challenges of utility and rooftop solar. The panelists agreed on that there are benefits with both rooftop solar and utility scale solar, but differed on the role regulations, subsidies, and net metering should play, as well as the societal value of each.
29 Sep
Why APS Can't Keep Subsidizing Solar
Friday, September 29, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
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.
05 Sep
NCCETC: Net metering slowly shifting to value of solar
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Christian Roselund
Adoption Year : 2017
This quarter's (Q2) report on policies and rate design that affect distributed solar showed many of the same themes as previous reports (utility attempts to slow DER), but also a glacial shift in approach.
05 Sep
Austin Energy proposes Value of Solar for commercial properties
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Sommer Brugal
Adoption Year : 2017
Austin Energy proposes a plan to benefit commercial customers with installed rooftop solar by compensating customers for excess generation and by providing a Value of Solar rate.
05 Sep
As Kansas utility pursues surcharge on solar customers, advocates want more data
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Karen Uhlenhuth
Adoption Year : 2017
Utility and customer advocates battle over a demand fee on distributed energy customers where the utilities are looking for a quick settlement and customer advocates urge for more data prior to any settlement.
20 Apr
California’s Energy Future: The Revolution (Might) Be Distributed
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Eric Wesoff
Adoption Year : 2017
By almost any metric, California leads the U.S. (and perhaps the world) in the amount of distributed energy resources deployed -- and in the development of a regulatory framework to integrate those resources into the grid.
20 Apr
NV Energy proposes residential green rider program as rooftop solar alternative
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Krysti Shallenberger
Adoption Year : 2017
As rooftop solar increases in popularity across the nation, utilities are exploring ways to access the market so far dominated by third party installers like SolarCity and Sunrun. Typically, they look to meet that need through community solar programs or utility-owned rooftop solar pilots, as have been approved in Arizona. NV Energy appears to be expanding on the trend with its solar-pricing rider. Typically aimed at larger commercial and industrial customers, renewable energy riders apply a charge for procured wind and solar energy to customer
20 Apr
The art of the compromise: Inside the APS solar rate design settlement
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Krysti Shallenberger
Adoption Year : 2017
Until last week, Arizona was the last place where you would expect a compromise over rooftop solar policy. The state’s major utilities and solar companies have battled over compensation rates for rooftop solar (a policy known as retail net metering) for the past five years. And though those debates are common across the U.S., Arizona attracted national attention for bitter regulatory election cycles and accusations of dark money and corruption.
20 Apr
Study proves (again) that net metering can undervalue solar
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Frank Andorka
Adoption Year : 2017
At the behest of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Minnesota Power submitted a Value of Solar Tariff plan – and proved (yet again) that as even the best net-metering plan can undervalue what solar means to the grid and ratepayers.
02 Mar
NJ must heat up solar industry
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : mycentralnewjersey.com
Adoption Year : 2017
We do know something’s not working quite right in New Jersey. According to the latest annual survey from the nonprofit Solar Foundation, New Jersey lost about a thousand solar industry jobs last year, a 14 percent drop that contrasts with 25 percent growth in solar jobs across the nation. New Jersey, once one of the shining lights of solar energy, was one of just four states to shed solar jobs during that period.
02 Mar
Not a bright idea: Changes to Indiana’s solar policy foolish, misguided
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Sanya Carley and David Konisky
Adoption Year : 2017
Indiana Senate Bill 309, introduced by Sen. Brandt Herschman, proposes to fundamentally change Indiana’s solar energy policy. The proposed modifications to the state’s net energy metering program are based on a lack of evidence and faulty logic, and would severely undermine the future of solar power in the state. Indiana legislators should oppose this bill. A net energy metering program allows a household to install its own solar — or other energy system — and connect this system to the electric grid. In times of excess solar generation, the ho
02 Mar
Value of utility scale vs. rooftop solar debated amid price decline
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Tax Issues    Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Kevin Randolph
Adoption Year : 2017
Over the last decade, the price of solar installations has declined significantly, but the electric utilities industry continues to debate the value and cost effectiveness of utility scale versus rooftop solar. During a panel discussion at the 2017 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners winter committee meeting on Monday, two experts highlighted the different benefits and challenges associated with utility and rooftop solar. The need to accurately determine solar prices, the role of subsidies, net metering regulations and the
02 Mar
Victoria solar FiT: A turning point in recognising value of solar
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Jack Gilding
Adoption Year : 2017
The new Victorian feed-in tariff announced today marks an important turning point in the struggle for recognition of the real value of distributed renewable energy. The new rate of 11.3c/kWh more than doubles the existing Victorian rate of 5c. As well as now being the highest regulated state FiT in Australia, the methodology behind the decision sets some important precedents that will have national implications.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
Net Metering is not a subsidy
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
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
In solar proceedings, let the sun shine in
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
Location Matters: California Regulators Investigate More Granular Solar Benefits
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 The Tide Turning On StateLevel Solar Policy Fights?
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
Q&A: Conservatives Debate Clean Energy Approaches in Minnesota
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
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.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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."
08 Aug
Value of solar gains another foothold in Minnesota
Monday, August 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
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.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
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 : Pennsylvania    
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).
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
Martha’s Vineyard basks in solar energy initiatives
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
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
Maine lawmakers propose groundbreaking way out of net metering wars
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
Author : Gavin Bade
Adoption Year : 2015
SEPA asked stakeholders to design the "51st State." Here's a rundown of the non-utility contributions.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
What is Solar Power Worth?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
Utilities Want Solar Customers to Pay More
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Cassandra Sweet
Adoption Year : 2013
Uses California, Hawaii, and Arizona as examples of states where VOS is being disputed. Gives arguments from both sides.
13 Apr
True Value of Arizona Solar, By the Numbers
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Herman Trabish, Greentech Media
Adoption Year : 2013
News article containing VOS research pertaining to Arizona, including a comparison of several studies on Arizona.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 Three Best Things Minnesota Did for Solar Energy in the Last Week
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Adam James
Adoption Year : 2013
Article discussing the new solar energy standards. Specifically mentions the value of solar tariff.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
The Benefits of Distributed Generation: Why Locally Produced Solar is Good for Communities
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Cecilia Aguillon
Adoption Year : 2013
Post touting the economic benefits of community solar in all sizes
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
State-led work group to review utilities' stake in solar
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Jay Greene
Adoption Year : 2014
The Michigan PSC decided that the utilities should look into increasing the amount of their generation that comes from solar, exceeding the minimum required of them, and received pushback, especially from DTE. This article discusses the arguments on both sides.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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, will you marry me? (for a contract period of 20 years
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Laurel Passera
Adoption Year : 2014
Article detailing the new VOS methodology released by Minnesota, and their plan to offer utilities the option to replace net metering with a 20-year PPA using the VOS rate
13 Apr
Solar Power Begins to Shine as Environmental Benefits Pay Off
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Diana S. Powers, NYT
Adoption Year : 2013
Article detailing the international success of feed-in tariffs and VOS in producing extensive economic benefits for countries and customers installing solar, and notes that US pricing is lagging behind the rest of the world.
13 Apr
Solar Industry Gathers to Fight CPS Energy's SunCredit Program
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Opposition Item    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : James Boyd, Renewableenergyworld.com
Adoption Year : 2013
Article using Austin VOS program as example for working system to distinguish from propose change to San Antonio program that would make ROI longer for solar users
13 Apr
Solar Industry Calls For Market-Driven Approach To TVA Solar Programs
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : The Chattanoogan
Adoption Year : 2013
TenneSEIA, the state business association representing the solar industry, responded to the closure of TVA’s solar programs today by publicly urging the authority to abandon the practice of setting arbitrary calendar year caps on solar installations and instead, adopt a market-driven model that decreases incentives based on the amount of solar installed and incorporates the value of solar energy into the budgeting process.
13 Apr
Solar advocates fight to preserve incentives
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
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
NV Energy CEO: Solar Has Gotten a "Free Ride" On the Grid
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Herman Trabish
Adoption Year : 2013
Debate between NV Energy CEO and Karl Rábago on how to value solar PV; more space given to the anti-VOS argument, and some fear-mongering about the wrong people paying for solar involved.
13 Apr
New California Net Metering Study Appears to be DOA
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Herman Trabish
Adoption Year : 2013
Article on utility and solar interest group dissatisfaction with the findings of a new report on net metering. Spin given from both sides of the discussion.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
Minnesota's solar requirement could change how we see electrical grid
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Stephanie Hemphill
Adoption Year : 2013
Article explaining the discussion over the value of solar, using Minnesota as an example of where utilities are working to get it right, thanks to a new energy standard that requires a percentage of their generated energy comes from solar panels
13 Apr
Minnesota's new solar law: Looking beyond percentages
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Dan Haugen
Adoption Year : 2013
Article discussing the newly signed into law energy act, its benefits and costs, and what parties are happy about it. Specifically references "Net Metering 2.0"
13 Apr
Minnesota to ask: What is the value of solar power?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Dan Haugen
Adoption Year : 2013
Follow-up article on the new energy act, and all of its benefits to ratepayers and utilities, also weighing the perceived costs
13 Apr
Minnesota solar gets new boost from lawmakers
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Stephanie Hemphill
Adoption Year : 2013
Article detailing the various solar initiatives being contemplated in Minnesota
13 Apr
Minnesota lawmakers consider rate-based solar power incentives
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : David Shaffer, Star Tribune
Adoption Year : 2013
Article on the Minnesota state House Energy Policy Committee hearing testimony on whether or not to mandate the "Value of Solar" rate
13 Apr
Minn. tries to put a climate value on rooftop solar
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Peter Behr
Adoption Year : 2014
Even-keeled assessment of arguments for and against the VOS tariff being proposed in Minnesota in January 2014
13 Apr
Minn. Regulators set to decide on solar tariff formula
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Jeffrey Tomich
Adoption Year : 2014
Article covering the impending decision on MN's VOS methodology, talking about the contrast and breadth of opinions
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
In bid against gas, Minnesota regulators say solar can proceed
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Dan Haugen
Adoption Year : 2014
Solar project beat out natural gas options in RFP. Article discusses Xcel Energy's reservations and the regulatory climate in MN that made this possible
13 Apr
If 'value of solar' is optional, will Minnesota utilities adopt it?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Ken Paulman
Adoption Year : 2014
Outlines the findings of John Farrell's report, indicating that utilities will in fact opt to use the VOS rate, because of the long-term stability, but discusses possible ways they could drive the rate down
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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.
09 Apr
Expanded Solar Development Would Save North Carolina Ratepayers $26 M Annually
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Adoption Year : 2013
New study by SEIA and Vote Solar uses VOS analysis to show the benefits of expanding solar market and installation in North Carolina.
08 Apr
Curtailing Energy During ‘Peak Power Hour’ Reduces Next Year’s Rates
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Linda Hardesty
Adoption Year : 2013
Article introducing a method that can be used to discover the peak power hour: the Joule Peak Power Index
08 Apr
Cost of rooftop solar panels disproportionately impacts the poor
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Opposition Item    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Antoine Abou-Diwan
Adoption Year : 2014
Points out success of group installing solar for low-income households, but also states that households that don't get solar panels will have to pay for the cost of others' installations
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
Biden Calls Out Special-Interest Groups for Stifling Solar Market Growth
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
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 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 : Pennsylvania    
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
Beyond fixed charges: 'Disruptive Challenges' author charts new utility path
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
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
Attorneys: Using Solar Tariffs to Replace Net Metering Could Create Tax Headaches
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Tax Issues    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Herman Trabish
Adoption Year : 2013
Discusses all opinions on Arizona's plan to allow for zeroed out bills for solar customers and feed-in tariffs/VOS tariff. Several well-respected law firms side with utilities, saying that it will create tax problems for non-solar customers
08 Apr
As Net Metering Battles Move to Small Markets, Solar Advocates Claim Early Victories
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Stephen Lacey
Adoption Year : 2014
Uses example of Minnesota as spot where VOS is winning, and looks to other nationwide battles to show the "chess match" occurring between utilities and solar advocates
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
APS - solar industry at odds on value of power from rooftop units
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Ryan Randazzo
Adoption Year : 2013
Article comparing the studies on value of solar produced by the solar industry and the Arizona Public Service Co.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 Solar Rate - Designing An Improved Residential Solar Tariff
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2013
Published article proposing a new approach to designing the solar rate
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
31 Mar
Distributed Renewable Generation: The Trifecta of Energy Solutions to Curb Carbon Emissions, Reduce Pollutants and Empower Ratepayers
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Shannon Baker-Branstetter at Georgetown University Law Center
Adoption Year : 2010
The article discusses the numerous economic and environmental advantages to renewable resources over fossil fuels.  In addition, the article addresses two major hurdles in the way of developing renewable resources for electricity generation: cost and the administrative burdens of transmission expansion to bridge the distance between where renewables are located and where electricity is needed.  Specifically, the article discusses distributed renewable generation produced on-site or nearby to where electricity is consumed. It also describes the