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20 Oct
Brief of the Appellants Net Metering
Friday, October 20, 2017
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Maine    
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.
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
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.
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 : Oregon    
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
APS officially moves to Value of Solar
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Arizona    
Author : Christian Roselund
Adoption Year : 2017
Arizona regulators have put into place the deal cut between Arizona's solar industry and Arizona's Public Service , as part of the utility rate case
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.
05 Oct
In Solar Scuffle, Big Utilities Meet Their Match
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Nevada    
Author : Elizabeth Shogren
Adoption Year : 2017
Solar Advocates win in Nevada
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.
29 Sep
Why APS Can't Keep Subsidizing Solar
Friday, September 29, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Arizona    
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.
21 Sep
Solar Energy in Michigan: The Economic Impact of Distributed Generation on Non-solar Customers
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Michigan    
Author : Stanley "Skip" Pruss, Dr. Laura Sherman
Adoption Year : 2017
On April 20, 2017, Michigan’s new Clean and Renewable Energy and Energy Waste Reduction Act and revisions to Michigan’s general public utilities act (Public Acts 341 and 342 of 2016) took effect. Among other things, the new laws require the Michigan Public Service Commission (“MPSC” or “Commission”) to “conduct a study on an appropriate tariff reflecting the equitable cost of service for utility revenue requirements for customers who participate in a net metering program or distributed generation program” within one year. This new statutory
14 Sep
Virtual Net Metering Program Expansion (H-5618aa)
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Rhode Island    
Author : Regunberg, Knight, Handy, Carson, Rugiero
Adoption Year : 2017
Expands virtual net metering (a program which allows customers to install solar systems offsite) to private/public schools, non-profits, federal government and hospitals
14 Sep
Renewable Energy Growth Program (H-5273, S-112)
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Rhode Island    
Author : Ruggiero, Regunberg, Marshall, Blazejewski, and Tanzi
Adoption Year : 2017
A 10-year extension of the renewable energy growth program, which enables customers to sell the electricity they generate back to the grid under long-term fixed prices.
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.
05 Sep
Austin Energy proposes Value of Solar for commercial properties
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Texas    
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 : Kansas    
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.
19 Jul
New Hampshire Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2017 becomes Law
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : New Hampshire    
Author : State of New Hampshire Public Utilities Comission
Adoption Year : 2017
SB129, also known as the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2017, became law on July 11th, 2017!  Governor Sununu allowed the bill to become law without his signature. This new law removes the 10kW limit on residential solar rebate program, has the potential to create over 2,000 jobs and further develop a long-term local and renewable energy supply at a predicable price. It also makes more Renewable Energy Fund (REF) available to low-income customers and ensures access and benefits to renewable energy.
26 Jun
Development of New Alternative Net Metering Tariffs and/or Other Regulatory Mechanisms and Tariffs for Customer Generators
Monday, June 26, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : New Hampshire    
Author : State of New Hampshire Public Utilities Comission
Adoption Year : 2017
Key Components of the Order: 1. The new NEM rate begins on September 1, 2017. May be later if utilities can't update their billing systems in time to reflect the new NEM regime. Customers must be given 30 days notice in advance of the new rate start date. 2. Grandfathering - all existing NEM systems are still grandfathered through 2040. NEW systems (under new rate) also grandfathered through 2040. 3. Small systems =100 kW are still credited monthly at 100% of retail energy and transmission charges but only 25% of distribution charge;
20 Apr
Study proves (again) that net metering can undervalue solar
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Minnesota    
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
Austin Energy - Residential Value of Solar (VoS) Rate
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Texas    
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.
02 Mar
NJ must heat up solar industry
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : New Jersey    
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 : Indiana    
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 : @National    
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 : @International    
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 : @National    
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
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.
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 : @National    
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 : @National    
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.
20 Dec
CAISO avoiding fix to massive market distortion that harms local renewables [WEBINAR VIDEO LINK]
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Katie Ramsey, Clean Coalition; Daryl Michalik, Dynamic Grid Council
Adoption Year : 2016
The webinar featured a presentation providing background on the massive TAC distortion that heaps a 3 cents/kWh disadvantage on local renewables and results in highly unfavorable economic and environmental outcomes. The webinar also summarized how the California independent System Operator (CAISO) has failed to address the TAC issue on a timely basis and provided recommendations for a straightforward fix, at almost no cost, that could be implemented without delay and in a manner that reduces the substantial risks to California that are associat
20 Dec
Transmission Access Charges (TAC): A Massive Market Distortion That Harms Local Renewables and California Ratepayers
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Katie Ramsey, Clean Coalition; Daryl Michalik, Dynamic Grid Council
Adoption Year : 2016
Transmission Access Charges (TAC) are fees designed to pay for the state’s transmission system, including operations and maintenance, amortization of capital, and return-on-equity. TAC add about $0.03 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to the levelized cost of energy over a 20-year contract, which is about 30% of the wholesale value of energy in California. To align costs and benefits, TAC should only apply to energy that is delivered through the transmission system. Therefore, TAC should be calculated based on the metered Transmission Energy own flow as
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 : Utah    
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 : Utah    
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 : Utah    
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
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 : Minnesota    
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
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 : Texas    
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
Arizona needs a full analysis of rooftop solar benefits
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : Arizona    
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 : Texas    
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.
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
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 : Maine    
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 : @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
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 : @International    
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 : Utah    
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 : Maine    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
This news article discusses Maine's Net Metering ("NEM") and its proposed review.
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.
11 Oct
Recommendation of Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge, Teena Jibilian to the Arizona Corporation Commission
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Arizona    
Author : Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge, Teena Jibilian
Adoption Year : 2016
Recommendation and Order of the Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge, Teena Jibilian to the Arizona Corporation Commission in the Matter of the Commission's Investigation of Value and Cost of Distributed Generation. The Order also touched on the issue of Net Metering.
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.
07 Oct
Beyond the Meter: Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources
Friday, October 7, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Smart Electric Power Alliance in partnership with Nexant
Adoption Year : 2016
This report, “Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources,” the second in the Beyond the Meter series, focuses on evaluating distributed energy resources (DERs) as grid assets. Several utility-led projects now underway are testing DERs—or as some call them, “non-wires alternatives”—as an option preferable to investments in traditional assets for capacity expansion, upgrade, or renewal. Many thought leaders and industry experts have mapped the stream of potential benefits and provided the initial foundationa
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 : Nevada    
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."
27 Sep
Value of Solar and Grid Benefits Studies - Alternative Approaches and Results
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jim Lazar (RAP Senior Advisor), Dr. Thomas Vitolo (Synapse Energy Economics Senior Associate)
Adoption Year : 2016
Jim Lazar of RAP and Dr. Thomas Vitolo of Synapse Energy Economics delve into questions surrounding the value of solar, including an examination of the relative merits of various types of value of solar studies, cost recovery methods, and how results from these studies can affect rate design and compensation for PV customers. Link to recording of their presentation: http://www.raponline.org/event/the-value-of-solar-assessing-the-benefits-the-costs-and-what-it-may-mean-for-net-energy-metering/?utm_source=ZohoCampaigns&utm_campaign=2016+Septe
21 Sep
Achieving very high PV penetration – The need for an effective electricity remuneration framework and a central role for grid operators
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Richard Perez, Karl R. Rábago (Rabago), Mike Trahan, Lyle Rawlings, Ben Norris, Tom Hoff, Morgan Putnam, Marc Perez
Adoption Year : 2016
This article proposes that optimally deployed solutions to the intermittency introduced by high penetration solar – e. g., electrical storage, optimized curtailment and demand response – could affordably transform solar power generation into the firm power delivery system modern energy economies require, thereby enabling very high solar penetration and the displacement of conventional power generation. The optimal deployment of these high-penetration-enabling solutions imply the existence of a healthy power grid, and therefore imply a central r
11 Aug
Introduction to the California Net Energy Metering Ratepayer Impacts Evaluation
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Ehren Seybert, Gabe Petlin, Katie Wu, Melicia Charles - California Public Utilities Commission
Adoption Year : 2013
NEM is an electricity tariff billing mechanism designed to facilitate the installation of renewable customer distributed generation (DG). Under NEM tariffs, customers receive a bill credit for generation that is exported to the electric grid during times when it is not serving onsite load. Bill credits for the excess generation are applied to a customer’s bill at the same retail rate (including generation, distribution, and transmission components) that the customer would have paid for energy consumption, according to their otherwise applicable
11 Aug
Evaluation of Net Metering in Vermont Conducted Pursuant to Act 99 of 2014
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Vermont    
Author : Public Service Department
Adoption Year : 2014
Act 99 of the 2014 Vermont legislative session directed the Public Service Department (Department) to complete an evaluation of net metering in Vermont and file the resulting report with the Public Service Board. This report to the Public Service Board (Board) addresses the legislative request. It builds directly from the report completed by the Department in January 2013 pursuant to Act 125 of the 2012 legislative session, updating assumptions and methodology as appropriate and described herein. Aspects of the methodology and approach that are
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 : @National    
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
04 Aug
The Impact of Rate Design and Net Metering on the Bill Savings from Distributed PV for Residential Customers in California
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : California    
Author : Naïm (Naim) Darghouth, Galen Barbose, Ryan Wiser - Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Adoption Year : 2010
Though net metering has played an important role in jump-starting the PV market in the U.S., challenges to net metering policies have emerged in a number of states and contexts, and alternative compensation methods are under consideration. Moreover, one inherent feature of net metering is that the value of the utility bill savings it provides to customers with PV depends heavily on the structure of the underlying retail electricity rate, as well as on the characteristics of the customer and PV system. Consequently, the bill-savings value of net
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 : @National    
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 : @International    
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 : Nevada    
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
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 : New Hampshire    
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 : @National    Nevada    
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 : @National    
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 : @National    
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.
08 May
Resolve, To Create Sustainable Growth in Maine's Distributed Energy Sector That Uses Market Forces To Fairly Compensate Energy Producers
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Maine Legislature
Adoption Year : 2015
The Resolve states that the Legislature finds that net energy billing is a simple mechanism that has supported the development of distributed generation in Maine, but may not provide a suitable long-term foundation for distributed generation. The Resolve directed the Commission to convene a stakeholder group to examine options for distributed solar policy in Maine going forward.
08 May
Report to the Legislature Regarding Market-Based Solar Policy Design Stakeholder Process Pursuant to Resolves 2015, ch. 37
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Maine Public Utilities Commission
Adoption Year : 2016
Report reflecting the information gathered on solar promotion policy and an alternative to the current net metering billing system. It contains a description of the stakeholder process and a discussion of areas in which, in the Commission's view, there was substantial agreement and areas in which there was disagreement
08 May
Direct Testimony of Karl R. Rabago on behalf of Environmental Respondents In re: Appalachian Power Company’s Integrated Resource Plan before State Corporation Commission of Virginia
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Resource Type : Testimony
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Virginia    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2015
Virginia State Corporation Commission Case No. PUE-2015-00036. Addresses the legal and regulatory obligations imposed on Appalachian Power Company in seeking the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission's ("Commission") approval for its 2015 Integrated Resource Plan and rules adopted by the Commission. In light of those requirements, the testimony makes several findings, reaches a conclusion about the Appalachian Power Company’s application, and makes a recommendation to the Commission.
08 May
Nevada Net Energy Metering Impacts Evaluation
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Nevada    
Author : Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
Adoption Year : 2014
Nevada Public Utilities Commission Docket No. 13-07010. This study was commissioned by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada in response to Nevada Assembly Bill (AB) 428 to forecast the costs and benfits of renewable generation systems that qualify for the state’s net energy metering (NEM) program. Energy + Environmental Economics completed the study under direction of the PUCN and with input from a stakeholder advisory group composed of experts from the solar industry, ratepayer advocates, and electric utility representatives. This work wa
06 May
Modified Final Order on the Applications of Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company for approval of a cost-of-service study and net metering tariffs
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Tax Issues    
State : Nevada    
Author : Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Adoption Year : 2016
Nevada Public Utilities Commission Docket No. 15-07041, 15-07042. Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company filed Applications for approval of a cost-of-service study and net energy metering tariffs. The Applications were granted as modified in the discussion and findings in the Order. The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada revised the tariffs and rates for both companies.
06 May
Direct Testimony of Karl R. Rábago (Rabago) for RENEW Wisconsin and Environmental Law and Policy Center
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : Testimony
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Wisconsin    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Wisc Public Service Commission Docket 6690-UR-123. The purpose of this testimony is to demonstrate many significant errors underpinning the wholesale attack by Wisconsin Electric Power Company (the “Company”) on customer generators. The testimony points out the deficiencies in and adverse consequences of the proposals by the Company to: 1. raise fixed customer “facilities” charges; 2. impose standby/demand charges on distributed generators; 3. impose a new requirement for monthly netting on net metering customers; 4. set a de facto avoided cost
06 May
Comments Before the Iowa Utilities Board
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : Testimony
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Tax Issues    
State : Iowa    
Author : Environmental Law & Policy Center, Iowa Environmental Council, Sierra Club, Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association, Solar Energy Industries Association, The Vote Solar Initiative, and Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) Expert Report by Karl R. Rábago (Rabago).
Adoption Year : 2014
Iowa Utilities Board Docket No. NOI-2014-0001. The comments address Iowa's potential and untapped distributed generation market. They advocate that Iowa proactively catalyze its distributed generation market to prevent losing its distributed generation benefits to other states. The comments specifically address five issues relating to distributed generation in Iowa: 1. Iowa policy makers must take steps to catalyze the distributed generation market; 2. preserve, expand, and standardize Iowa's existing net metering policy to include all utilitie
06 May
Net Metering in Mississippi - Costs, Benefits, and Policy Considerations
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Mississippi    
Author : Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.
Adoption Year : 2014
Mississippi Public Service Commission Docket No. 2011-AD-2. Study prepared for the Public Service Commission of Mississippi on the potential implementation of net metering and interconnection policies in the state, specifically focusing on rooftop solar. Discusses a VOS Tariff on page 11
05 May
A Ratepayer Focused Strategy for Distributed Solar in Maine
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Strategen Consulting
Adoption Year : 2015
This white paper offers a framework for sustainable growth in Maine’s distributed solar energy sector that maximizes and fairly allocates benefits for all ratepayers. This approach builds on the Public Utilities Commission’s recent “value of solar” study as well as lessons learned from other states. The policy proposed is specifically tailored to the state of Maine and offers innovative program design features intended to capitalize on the latest technological advances in the solar industry. While designed to present a coherent and holistic pol
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 : Maine    
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.
26 Apr
The Net Metering Riddle
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
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
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 : @National    
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
Utilities Want Solar Customers to Pay More
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    California    Hawaii    
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
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 : Hawaii    
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
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 : Arizona    
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
Springer: The True Value of Solar Energy
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Vermont    
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 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.
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
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 : Texas    
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 : New Hampshire    
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
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 : California    
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
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 : Minnesota    
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
Mississippi Continues to struggle with net metering policy
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Mississippi    
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
Net Metering in Mississippi, Costs, Benefits, and Policy Considerations
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Mississippi    
Author : Elizabeth A. Stanton, Joseph Daniel, Tommy Vitolo, Pat Knight, David White, Geoff Keith (Synapse Energy Economics Inc.)
Adoption Year : 2014
At its December 7, 2010 Open Meeting, the Mississippi Public Service Commission voted to open docket 2011-AD-2 in order to investigate establishing and implementing net metering and interconnection standards for Mississippi. Mississippi is one of only a few states that do not have some sort of net metering policy for their distribution companies. In this report we describe a potential net metering policy for Mississippi and the issues surrounding it, focusing on residential and commercial rooftop solar. Two vertically integrated investor-owned
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 : Minnesota    
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
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 : California    
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
How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    
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)
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 : @National    
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
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 : @National    
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
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 : @National    
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
Shining Rewards - The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Lindsey Hallock, Frontier Group; Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Analysis of 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
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 : @National    Minnesota    
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
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 : @National    
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.
04 Apr
50 States of Solar - 2015 Policy Review - Q4 Quarterly Report
Monday, April 4, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, Meister Consultants Group
Adoption Year : 2015
The purpose of this report is to provide state lawmakers and regulators, electric utilities, the solar industry, and other energy stakeholders with timely, accurate, and unbiased updates on how states are choosing to study, adopt, implement, amend, or discontinue policies associated with distributed solar photovoltaics (PV). This report catalogues proposed and enacted legislative, regulatory policy, and rate design changes affecting the value proposition of distributed solar PV during the most recent quarter, with an emphasis on the residential
31 Mar
Distributed Generation Whitepaper
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Adoption Year : 2007
Defines DG, discusses applications, and goes through the regulatory and technical background behind the concept.
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
Impact of Different Economic Performance Metrics on the Perceived Value of Solar Photovoltaics
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Easan Drury, Paul Denholm, Robert Margolis (NREL)
Adoption Year : 2011
In this analysis, authors characterize PV economic performance for three ownership types: residential customers who purchase their own PV systems, commercial customers (for-profit companies) who purchase their own PV systems, and residential and commercial customers who lease PV equipment or buy PV electricity from a third-party company. They characterize the differences in PV economics for each customer based on the different tax implications of ownership.
31 Mar
Net Metering: An issue paper of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    
State : @National    
Author : National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Adoption Year : 2012
This white paper answers several questions, such as: What is net metering? Why do so many states have net metering rules? Why are utilities concerned about net metering? What is aggregated net metering, community net metering? How can we gain the benefits of net metering without unfair cost shifting?
31 Mar
The Evolution of Net Metering, Utility Revenues, and Rate Design
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Ron Binz
Adoption Year : 2012
PowerPoint analyzing the place solar DG has in a market, and how to optimally implement it
31 Mar
New York Solar Study (separately posted) - Powerpoint Summary
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : New York    
Author : NYSERDA
Adoption Year : 2012
PowerPoint presentation summarizing the main points of the New York Solar Study (separately posted)
31 Mar
New York Solar Study: An Analysis of the Benefits and Costs of Increasing Generation from Photovoltaic Devices in New York - Paper
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : New York    
Author : NYSERDA
Adoption Year : 2012
Study evaluating the costs and benefits of increasing the use of solar PV in NYS to 5,000 MW by 2025, and providing findings and recommendations.
31 Mar
Nontechnical Barriers to Solar Energy Use: Review of Recent Literature
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : R. Margolis and J. Zuboy (NREL)
Adoption Year : 2006
Paper reviewing the nontechnical barriers to solar energy use, drawing on recent literature to help identify key barriers that could be addressed by the DOE.
31 Mar
Net Metering Policy Development in Minnesota: Overview of Trends in Nationwide Policy Development and Implications of Increasing the Eligible System Size Cap
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Elizabeth Doris, Sarah Busche, and Stephen Hockett
Adoption Year : 2009
This study was conducted to compare Minnesota’s policies to national best practices. It provides an overview of the current Minnesota policy in the context of these best practices and other jurisdictions’ net metering policies, as well as a qualitative assessment of the impacts of raising the system size cap within the policy based on the experiences of other states. The report finds that increasing the cap may move the state toward its goal of providing the maximum possible encouragement to distributed generation assets, including a larger ave
31 Mar
Literature review summary for Vermont Act 125 Evaluation of Net Metering
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Vermont    
Author : Vermont Public Service Department
Adoption Year : 2012
Literature review of relevant studies and pieces
31 Mar
Evaluation of Net Metering in Vermont Conducted Pursuant to Act 125 of 2012
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Vermont    
Author : Vermont Public Service Department
Adoption Year : 2013
General evaluation of Vermont's net metering statute, rules, and procedures, and an examination of benefits and costs.
31 Mar
Evaluating the Benefits and Costs of Net Energy Metering in California
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : R. Thomas Beach & Patrick G. McGuire, Cross border Energy
Adoption Year : 2013
Prepared for The Vote Solar Initiative; paper that explores the recent claims by California's IOUs that the state's net energy metering (NEM) policy causes substantial cost shifts between energy customers with solar PV systems and other non-solar customers, particularly in the residential market. Concludes that the utilities' concerns with the impacts of NEM on non-participating ratepayers are unfounded.
31 Mar
End the Utility Power Grab in California: Solar Customers Deserve Fair Credit with Net Metering
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Vote Solar Institute
Adoption Year : 2013
Fact Sheet on VOS benefits to California energy customers
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 : @National    
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 Energy Operating Impacts and Valuation Study for Arizona Public Service
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    
Author : R.W. Beck Inc, Energized Solutions LLC, Phasor Energy Company Inc, Summit Blue Consulting LLC
Adoption Year : 2009
Study evaluating the costs and benefits to the Arizona Public Service from solar distributed energy technologies.
31 Mar
Distributed Generation Study
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Nevada    
Author : Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Adoption Year : 2010
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) issued a draft Compliance Order to determine how Distributed Generation (DG) can impact NV Energy’s energy delivery system performance, reliability, distribution operations, and electricity rates.  As a result of its significant experience examining DG integration on utility systems in Nevada and the U.S., Navigant Consulting, Inc. (Navigant) was selected by NV Energy to conduct a study to address:  What is the “maximum amount of DG from renewable energy that can be integrated on the distribution
31 Mar
Distributed Energy Resource Cost-Value Framework
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Rocky Mountain Institute e-Lab
Adoption Year : 2013
Framework document providing clarity and consistency to the industry around the costs and values of distributed energy resources.
31 Mar
Distributed Energy and Net Metering Technical Conference: Arizona
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Arizona    
Author : Power Pundits LLC
Adoption Year : 2013
The Arizona Corporation Commission ordered the Arizona Public Service to conduct multi-session technical conference to evaluate the costs and benefits of the Distributed Renewable Energy and Net Metering as part of the Arizona Public Service Company Renewable Standard 2013 Implementation Plan.  The Agenda for the workshop was stated as follows: discuss opportunities for alignment, energy subsidies, solar value studies from around the US, and SAIC's distributed energy model and analysis
31 Mar
Data Not Drama: Evaluating the Benefits and Costs of Net Energy Metering
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Crossborder Energy
Adoption Year : 2013
PowerPoint detailing a cost-benefit study on net metering in California
31 Mar
Costs and Benefits of Distributed Solar Generation of the Public Service Company of Colorado System
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Colorado    
Author : Public Service Company of Colorado and the Colorado Governor's Energy Office
Adoption Year : 2010
Study investigating and documenting winning business cases for utility ownership and examples of cost recovery of DSG investments.
31 Mar
Cost-Effectiveness of Net Energy Metering: Building Off to DSM Cost-Effectiveness Practices
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Utah    
Author : Tim Woolf, Synapse Energy Economics
Adoption Year : 2014
PowerPoint providing an overview of the DSM cost-effectiveness tests, how the tests could be applied to NEM, how to account for the impacts on non-participants, and applying the same framework to other NEM policies.
31 Mar
CPUC Self-Generation Incentive Program: Cost-Effectiveness of Distributed Generation Technologies - Final Report
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Itron, Inc.
Adoption Year : 2011
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of distributed generation technologies using an economic model based on the adopted cost-benefit methodology. These results were to provide the framework and a model to help the California Public Utilities Commission in identifying distributive generation technologies eligible for the Self-Generation Incentive Program. Distributive Generation cost-effectiveness is examined from the perspectives of society, participants, and Program Administrators.
30 Mar
California Solar Initiative Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : California    
Author : Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
Adoption Year : 2011
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) retained Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) to perform a cost-effectiveness evaluation of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) in accordance with the CSI Program Evaluation Plan. This evaluation of the CSI program is one component of a larger contract award and analysis plan that also includes cost-effectiveness evaluation of Net Energy Metering (NEM), completed by E3 in January 2010, and a comparative distributed generation (DG) analysis, to be completed by E3 in 2011. Three distinc
30 Mar
A Generalized Approach to Assessing the Rate Impacts of Net Energy Metering
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Jason B. Keyes, Joseph F. Wiedman (Interstate Renewable Energy Council)
Adoption Year : 2012
Report providing a methodology by which to analyze the potential rate impacts of net energy metering (NEM), a generalized approach for any state or utility to use to analyze the potential rate impact of NEM in its area.