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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 : @Federal    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2017
Looking at the trends in the national net metering debate.
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 : @Federal    
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
Global Solar Capacity Set to Surpass Nuclear for the First Time
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    
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.
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 : @Federal    
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.
05 Sep
NCCETC: Net metering slowly shifting to value of solar
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    
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.
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 : @Federal    
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.
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
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
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.
03 May
Is TASC splintering the rooftop solar industry?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : @Federal    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2015
A leading solar advocacy group is drawing criticism from its own industry. Just as the utility sector begins to embrace solar, the solar industry itself appears to be splintering, with once-allied companies being divided by contentious electricity policy issues on both the national and state level.
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 : @Federal    
Author : Felicity Carus
Adoption Year : 2013
Article recalling PURPA, and detailing how it could be applied to help evaluate solar valuation
31 Mar
MIT: Solar should ditch net metering, fight for federal tax incentives
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    
State : @Federal    @Federal    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2015
This article briefly mentions a part of the MIT report on the future of solar energy and gives its insight.  The article states seemingly supports the idea of thin-film technologies.  It states they could be made from earth-abundant materials to produce higher-efficiency, lower cost, lighter-weight modules to help overcome current barriers such as high balance of system costs.
31 Mar
MIT: Solar should ditch net metering, fight for federal tax incentives
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    
State : @Federal    @Federal    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2015
This article briefly mentions a part of the MIT report on the future of solar energy and gives its insight.  The article states seemingly supports the idea of thin-film technologies.  It states they could be made from earth-abundant materials to produce higher-efficiency, lower cost, lighter-weight modules to help overcome current barriers such as high balance of system costs.
31 Mar
MIT: Solar should ditch net metering, fight for federal tax incentives
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    
State : @Federal    @Federal    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2015
This article briefly mentions a part of the MIT report on the future of solar energy and gives its insight.  The article states seemingly supports the idea of thin-film technologies.  It states they could be made from earth-abundant materials to produce higher-efficiency, lower cost, lighter-weight modules to help overcome current barriers such as high balance of system costs.
31 Mar
MIT: Solar should ditch net metering, fight for federal tax incentives
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    
State : @Federal    @Federal    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2015
This article briefly mentions a part of the MIT report on the future of solar energy and gives its insight.  The article states seemingly supports the idea of thin-film technologies.  It states they could be made from earth-abundant materials to produce higher-efficiency, lower cost, lighter-weight modules to help overcome current barriers such as high balance of system costs.
31 Mar
Potential Benefits of Distributed Generation and the Rate-Related Issues That May Impede Its Expansion
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @Federal    
Author : Secretary of Energy
Adoption Year : 2007
Report pursuant to Section 1817 of the EP Act of 2005 evaluating the viability of distributed generation as a source of energy for consumers, and using its history to explore this possibility
31 Mar
Tax Revenue Protection Through Outage Risk Mitigation: The Value of Distributed PV to the Federal Government
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @Federal    
Author : Thomas Hoff, Christy Herig, and Lynne Gillette
Adoption Year : 2002
The existing electric system was not designed to withstand multiple terrorist acts. One solution is to protect the system. This, however, is likely to be prohibitively expensive and may not even be successful. . . . Distributed PV is one technology that could be used to make the system a less attractive target because distributed PV could withstand a simultaneous attack on both the electric and the natural gas systems.  A more secure electric grid will provide the federal government with revenue protection. This paper found that the economic va
31 Mar
Hidden Costs of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of Energy Production and Use
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Tax Issues    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @Federal    
Author : National Academy of Sciences
Adoption Year : 2010
The purpose of this study was to define and evaluate external effects of energy production, use, and consumption, which refer to costs and benefits not taken into account in making decisions (such as the siting of a power plant) or not reflected in market prices (for example, the price of gasoline at the pump). Under such conditions, the actions that follow might be suboptimal—in the sense that the full social costs of the actions are not recognized—resulting in a loss of social welfare. When market failures like these occur, there is a case fo
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 : @Federal    
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