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20 Oct
Brief of the Appellants Net Metering
Friday, October 20, 2017
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Conservation Law Foundation
Adoption Year : 2017
The imposition of transmission and distribution charges on net energy billing (NEB) customers for energy generated and consumed behind the meter results in teh unlawful exit fees and constitutes unjust discrimination, is an illegal exit fee, is unlawful, unjust discrimination, exceeds the commission's authority, is unsupported by the record, contains procedural errors, failed to issue an economic impact statement, and did not provide adequate notice and opportunity to comment regarding the structural change.
02 Mar
Austin Energy - Residential Value of Solar (VoS) Rate
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Austin Energy
Adoption Year : 2017
Any residential customer with an on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) system (owned or leased) associated with the residential account and interconnected to the Austin Energy electric distribution system will be billed under the Residential Value of Solar Rate (pdf). These customers receive a "Value of Solar" (VoS) credit on their bill each month for every kilowatt-hour of solar energy produced by their system.
05 Oct
Work Session Framework: New Energy Industry Task Force Policy Recommendations
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
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.
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 : Pennsylvania    
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 
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 : Pennsylvania    
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.