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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 : Massachusetts    
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.
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 : Connecticut    Massachusetts    New Hampshire    New York    Rhode Island    Vermont    
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.
21 Mar
Retail Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar-Focus on New England
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    Connecticut    Maine    Massachusetts    New Hampshire    New Jersey    New York    Rhode Island    Vermont    
Author : Nicholas Martin and Karl Rabago
Adoption Year : 2017
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently issued a study entitled “Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context,” authored by Galen Barbose. The LBNL study estimates the potential rate impact of distributed solar on national average retail electricity prices, and importantly, compares that impact to the potential impact of other rate drivers such as natural gas prices, renewable portfolio standards, and utility capital expenditures.1 This brief applies a similar style analysis as used by LBNL to regional
11 Jan
Net Metering is not a subsidy
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Massachusetts    
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.
07 Oct
Investigation by the Department of Public Utilities on its own motion as to the propriety of the rates and charges proposed by Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company in their petition for approval of an increase in base distribution rates for electric service
Friday, October 7, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Adoption Year : 2016
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Order concerning National Grid's petition for an increase in its base distribution rates. Notably, the DPU rejected increases to fixed charges.
07 Oct
Massachusetts regulators curb National Grid's fixed fee hike
Friday, October 7, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Robert Walton
Adoption Year : 2016
DPU's order rejected a proposal to charge community solar, government, and other solar projects a new monthly fee sought by Massachusetts Electric Co. and Nantucket Electric Co., operating jointly under National Grid. Vote Solar argued the utilities' petitions would have fundamentally changed the structure of fixed charges paid by customers each month.
12 Sep
Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives
Monday, September 12, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    California    Connecticut    Florida    Georgia    Illinois    Louisiana    Maine    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    North Carolina    
Author : Consumer Energy Alliance, Report prepared by: Borlick Associates, LLC
Adoption Year : 2016
From the Executive Summary: To stimulate renewable energy development, governments at the local, state and federal level have provided a myriad of incentives for residential electricity customers who install solar panels on their roofs, some of which overlap. The combined effect of these incentives is quite substantial – particularly in light of the dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels that has recently occurred. This report aims to inform policymakers by quantifying the total incentives as a percentage of the installed cost of a ty
12 Sep
Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives
Monday, September 12, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    California    Connecticut    Florida    Georgia    Illinois    Louisiana    Maine    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    North Carolina    
Author : Consumer Energy Alliance, Report prepared by: Borlick Associates, LLC
Adoption Year : 2016
From the Executive Summary: To stimulate renewable energy development, governments at the local, state and federal level have provided a myriad of incentives for residential electricity customers who install solar panels on their roofs, some of which overlap. The combined effect of these incentives is quite substantial – particularly in light of the dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels that has recently occurred. This report aims to inform policymakers by quantifying the total incentives as a percentage of the installed cost of a ty
06 May
Value of Distributed Generation - Solar PV in Massachusetts
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Acadia Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal values of 6 marginal solar PV systems in Rhode Island to better understand the overall value that solar PV provides to the grid. The analysis determined the value of solar to the grid ranges from 22-28 cents/kWh plus societal values of approximately 6.7 cents/kWh. The results of the analysis demonstrate solar is a valuable local energy resource that provides benefits to all ratepayers and society by helping to reduce the cost of the electricity system. To do so, distributed energy resources must be f
03 May
Martha’s Vineyard basks in solar energy initiatives
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Massachusetts    
Author : Diane Alter
Adoption Year : 2016
The growing push for solar energy reflects a combination of tax incentives, conservation policies, and entrepreneurial drive.
13 Apr
Value-of-Solar Study Proposed for Massachusetts
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Massachusetts    
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
Solar advocates fight to preserve incentives
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Massachusetts    
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.
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 : @National    
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.