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05 Oct
Net Metering Debates Rev UP, But Regulators are Skeptical of Utility Proposals
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2017
Looking at the trends in the national net metering debate.
23 Feb
Reframing LCOE: New Interactive Tool Expands the Scope of Generation Cost Comparisons
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2017
This blog post discusses the recently developed tool for a more granular analysis of the cost (including externalities) of generating electricity from different sources. This development is the result of the research conducted by the University of Texas (UT) at Austin on the issue.
23 Feb
Research spotlight: Solar Cost Shift Negligible, DER Valuation Efforts Advancing Slowly
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2017
The blog post reviews recent developments surrounding the growth and valuation of distributed generation, including its impacts to the grid.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
This news article discusses Maine's Net Metering ("NEM") and its proposed review.
13 Apr
Why the Net Energy Metering Debate Misses the Point
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Matt Lehrman, Peter Bronski
Adoption Year : 2014
Article reconciling Net Energy Metering (NEM) and VOS by advocating net metering with unbundled pricing. Also mentions reasons for utility opposition to this.
13 Apr
Why Isn't Everyone Using Solar?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : The Conversation
Adoption Year : 2015
This article gives a description on what net-metering is, and the arguments for and against its use. The author goes on to examine day-ahead price data in the Pittsburgh region and found while utilities would see a decline in their retail revenue because of the sue of solar power, this loss is less than the saving potential.
13 Apr
Value of Solar Approaches Merit Our Support
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Persuasive piece on the development of VOS, and why it is a viable methodology
13 Apr
Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It's Also Worth Less
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2015
This article questions a report that asserts that utility-scale solar is much more economical than small-scaled solar. One misguided assumption in the report is that residential and utility-scaled solar can be comparable on a levelized-cost basis.
13 Apr
The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Luis Martinez
Adoption Year : 2015
This post discusses the growth of solar in states such as Georgia and Florida. One major reason for its growth is the approval of solar PPAs even by conservative groups and policy makers.
13 Apr
The Making of a New Midwestern Solar Energy Standard
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : John Farrell, grist.org
Adoption Year : 2013
Article about the progression of the MN solar bill through the legislature; also contains a Prairie Home Companion reference
13 Apr
TenneSEIA working with TVA to develop market-driven solar rebates
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Amanda H. Miller
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses the collaboration between the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association and the Tennessee Valley Authority develop a more sustainable solar program that will alleviate the industry uncertainty created by disappearing incentives. One solution TennSEIA is seeking is for the utility is to consider the "true value" of solar.
13 Apr
Take My Solar Panel, Please! The San Antonio utility’s brilliant new business model for renewable energy
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Daniel Gross
Adoption Year : 2015
Discussion of CPS Energy's, the largest municipally owned utility in the United States, plan to offer residents cash, in the form of monthly credit on their electricity bills, if they agree to let a third party put a solar panel on their roofs.
13 Apr
Springer: The True Value of Solar Energy
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Darren Springer
Adoption Year : 2013
Op-ed from former Bernie Sanders advisor using the state of Vermont's success in installing and integrating solar PV into the energy mix, specifically through cost savings to utilities and all customers, not just those with solar.
13 Apr
Solar wins: How sunshine will save the planet (really!)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Amelia Urry
Adoption Year : 2014
Article that shows how other countries are taking full advantage of the advances in solar tech, and providing an outlook on what the future of solar for the US could be
13 Apr
Small, distributed generation could change TVA's power pricing model
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Dave Flessner
Adoption Year : 2014
Reviews TVA's move to invest more in DG, especially solar, and the discussions the utility is having with regional stakeholders to ensure that the valuation of these resources is fair to ratepayers
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
Rooftop solar is growing so fast that electric utilities are now trying to slow it down
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Brad Plumer
Adoption Year : 2014
Focuses on the conflict between decreasing costs of solar installation and generation and the economic viability of utilities that will have to charge more and more for their services as less and less people consume as much energy from the grid. Mentions VOS as a possible compromise between the solar industry and utilities.
13 Apr
PURPA blends net metering potential with community solar
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Felicity Carus
Adoption Year : 2013
Article recalling PURPA, and detailing how it could be applied to help evaluate solar valuation
13 Apr
Proposed Solar Standard is Cheap Compared to Minnesota Utilities’ Rate Increases
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Adoption Year : 2013
Article supporting the Minnesota VOS bill and providing counterarguments to those saying it would be more expensive than current utility rates
13 Apr
Power Grab: San Antonio’s CPS Looks to Eliminate Net Metering
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Annie Lappe, Greentech Media
Adoption Year : 2013
Article that summarizes the CPS plan to eliminate net metering
13 Apr
Our Turn: the truth about net-metering
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
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
Minn Value of Solar Process Confirms that Net Metering is A Fair Deal
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Rick Gilliam
Adoption Year : 2014
Applauds the forward thinking MN PUC, but expresses reservations about using VOS in place of net metering and not together or as an alternative
13 Apr
Minnesota's New (Standard Offer) Solar Energy Standard
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2013
"Architect" of Minnesota's new solar energy standard explains how it works, and how it is good for solar and for customers. Helpful charts and VOS discussion included.
13 Apr
Lower Cost Solar - A Utility-Scale Fig Leaf For An Outdated Monopoly Model
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2015
Responding to a piece in the Wall Street Journal by Brian Potts, John Farrell refutes arguments that solar is not cost-effective and valuable to the utility, and argues that it is actually the natural monopoly we allowed the utility to become that is untenable in our evolving system.
13 Apr
Lessons From the First Year of Xcel Energy's Community Solar Program
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Allen Gleckner
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses a status update of Xcel Energy's community solar program.
13 Apr
How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Meredith Fowlie
Adoption Year : 2015
Discussing the technical function of solar PV, pricing mechanisms, and how it should be apportioned on the grid (residential v. utility v. third party)
09 Apr
EEI and NRDC Closer to Getting It Right On Net Metering
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Adoption Year : 2014
Post pointing out that EEI and NRDC's thinking on how to value solar power was almost to the point of VOS while still calling it net metering; features Karl Rábago explaining VOS.
08 Apr
Community solar farms can work for neighborhoods
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Rob Ellis
Adoption Year : 2015
Article about the benefits that solar could bring to Maine. In particular, the article focuses on the benefits of community solar farms.
08 Apr
Community Solar and Value of Solar
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2015
Blog post by Karl Rábago discussing how VOS fits with community or shared solar.
08 Apr
Blacking out America would be a cinch, because there's not enough distributed solar
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Technology    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : John Upton
Adoption Year : 2014
Highlights a major cost of having a centralized grid: susceptibility to attack resulting in long-term blackouts
08 Apr
As net metering debate continues, report shows benefits of solar energy far outweigh costs
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Ben Hellerstein
Adoption Year : 2015
This post discusses the report, "Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop solar Power for Consumers and Society," which analyzed 11 studies on the benefits and costs of solar and concludes that net metering is fair way to compensate solar owners for the value they provide.
08 Apr
America's Power Plan: The top 5 trends in the US energy transformation
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Sonia Aggarwal
Adoption Year : 2015
This article is a list of the top developments and lessons in the energy system transition. Number four on the list discusses the value-of-solar tariffs and successful rate reform, which allows for the full value of benefits provided by distributed energy.
08 Apr
America's Great Solar Boom - In 6 Encouraging Charts
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Ben Schiller
Adoption Year : 2014
Broad, big picture look at the overall cost viability and ease of access of solar generation to customers across the country. Pulls graphics from a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists
08 Apr
5 top ideas for Energy Policy – what will drive a transition?
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Heather Smith
Adoption Year : 2015
Heather Smith's post about what she believes are the five key domains that will drive the energy transition. These domains include: 1) ultra local price incentives; 2) shared control over decision making; 3) investing in innovation; 4) making information available and well used; and 5) having a long term strategy where community energy is recognized and supported as a permanent feature of our energy transition.