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17 Nov
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.
28 Aug
PA's Solar Future Webinar: Alternative Rate Making
Monday, August 28, 2017
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : Pennsylvania    
Author : Eric D Miller, Alan Cohn, Karl Rabago
Adoption Year : 2017
Presentation material for the Alternative Rate Design presentation hosted by the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance, who is dedicated to promoting the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries in Pennsylvania. The first presentation includes discussion of the changing utility industry. The second presentation reviews the history of rate making and various approaches for the future that reflect the need for regulatory and legislative changes to support expanded Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Energy Efficiency (EE). The third
20 Apr
California’s Energy Future: The Revolution (Might) Be Distributed
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : California    
Author : Eric Wesoff
Adoption Year : 2017
By almost any metric, California leads the U.S. (and perhaps the world) in the amount of distributed energy resources deployed -- and in the development of a regulatory framework to integrate those resources into the grid.
20 Apr
NV Energy proposes residential green rider program as rooftop solar alternative
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Nevada    
Author : Krysti Shallenberger
Adoption Year : 2017
As rooftop solar increases in popularity across the nation, utilities are exploring ways to access the market so far dominated by third party installers like SolarCity and Sunrun. Typically, they look to meet that need through community solar programs or utility-owned rooftop solar pilots, as have been approved in Arizona. NV Energy appears to be expanding on the trend with its solar-pricing rider. Typically aimed at larger commercial and industrial customers, renewable energy riders apply a charge for procured wind and solar energy to customer
20 Apr
The art of the compromise: Inside the APS solar rate design settlement
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Arizona    
Author : Krysti Shallenberger
Adoption Year : 2017
Until last week, Arizona was the last place where you would expect a compromise over rooftop solar policy. The state’s major utilities and solar companies have battled over compensation rates for rooftop solar (a policy known as retail net metering) for the past five years. And though those debates are common across the U.S., Arizona attracted national attention for bitter regulatory election cycles and accusations of dark money and corruption.
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
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
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
11 Jan
Rocky Mountain Power solar tax proposals are counter productive
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Utah    
Author : H. Macdaniel Ball
Adoption Year : 2016
Rocky Mountain Power contends that rooftop solar owners are currently costing other rate payers and is applying for additional charges for new solar customers; charges that would allow the utility to make a profit on investments made by solar owners.
11 Jan
In solar proceedings, let the sun shine in
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Anne Hoskins
Adoption Year : 2016
Consumers across the political spectrum go solar as a matter of choice, and if this election tells us anything, Americans want to feel they hold their destiny in their own hands. In fact, the only ballot initiative in the country that presented voters with a clear choice on solar was in Florida, and voters soundly rejected the anti-solar initiative. Commissioners gathering at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Annual Meeting in La Quinta, California this weekend should set the right policy terms so that progres
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.
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
21 Oct
Our View: PUC solar proposal wrong policy, process
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Maine    
Author : The Editorial Board, Portland Press Herald
Adoption Year : 2016
Tasked with finding a fair way to expand the state’s solar energy portfolio, representatives of interests that did not agree on much hammered out a compromise plan that would expand capacity while sharing the benefits among all ratepayers. Their ideas were drafted into a bill, and it passed both houses of the Legislature with strong bipartisan support.
21 Oct
Location Matters: California Regulators Investigate More Granular Solar Benefits
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : California    
Author : Joseph Bebon
Adoption Year : 2016
In a transmission plan approved in March, the California Independent System Operator cancelled 13 subtransmission projects that previously had been approved in Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) territory. PG&E supported the project cancellations, which will save customers $192 million. The utility pointed out that rooftop solar and energy efficiency have reduced their load forecast and stated, “The need for those is just not there anymore.”
21 Oct
Is The Tide Turning On StateLevel Solar Policy Fights?
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Jesse Grossman
Adoption Year : 2016
Utilities continue filing requests to increase fixed charges, but reports show regulators have denied the majority of these requests. Compromise solar valuation regulatory decisions occurred in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. Meanwhile, policymakers in New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island have taken progressive solar action, and voters overwhelmingly supported expanding solar access in Florida.
21 Oct
Court upholds Obama's social cost of carbon accounting for federal regulations
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Robert Walton, Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2016
The Obama Administration has won a significant victory for its use of a social cost metric to determine the impacts of new environmental and efficiency rules, in a unanimous circuit court decision that appeared to leave opponents with little room to maneuver. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies use the social cost of carbon (SCCO2) to estimate the climate benefits of rulemakings. The cost currently sits at $36 per metric ton. While opponents of the rule had questioned its use and the process to develop sta
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.
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.
05 Oct
Work Session Framework: New Energy Industry Task Force Policy Recommendations
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Nevada    
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.
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
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 : @National    
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
SEIA Comment for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Thomas P. Kimbis - Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Adoption Year : 2016
The solar industry prides itself on its record of consumer protection. We view the protection of our customers as essential to our very existence. As the number of rooftop solar installations reaches 1 million, it is imperative that residential customers are protected, educated and armed with the best information possible so that they can make choices that are right for them and their families. Included is SEIA's Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power, amongst other handouts it provides its customers.
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 : @National    
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 : @National    
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 : @National    
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 : @National    
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 : @National    
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
DG Solar PV and TPO, A Situational Analysis
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Rogier Fentener Van Vlissingen
Adoption Year : 2016
"Amid the recent melt-down of several Third Party Owned Solar PV providers, it is time to address both the deceptive marketing of this industry at the retail/consumer level and at the investor level. Based on my observations of the industry, along with analysis and writing in this area in recent years, mostly on blogs and financial sites like Seeking Alpha as well as some some Environmental/Energy websites, I have come to the conclusion that the principal impediment in this area is consumer confusion."
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 : @National    
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 : @National    Arizona    
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
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 : @National    
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 : @National    
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 : @National    
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 : @National    
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.
04 Aug
The Benefits and Costs of Solar Distributed Generation for Arizona Public Service, re: Docket no. E-00000J-14-0023
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Resource Type : Testimony
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : Arizona    
Author : B. Thomas Beach - The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC)
Adoption Year : 2016
This testimony responds to the Commission's request that parties file proposals on how to value distributed generation resources in Arizona.There is a developing consensus in the utility industry on the best practices for designing benefit-cost analyses of net metering and distributed resources, a consensus which draws upon the similar analyses which have become standard practice for other types of demand-side resources. These analyses assess the benefits and costs of these resources from multiple perspectives, including those of the principal
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
Maine Voices: Solar energy bill extinguished by lobbying based on false, misleading information
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Maine    
Author : Sam Zuckerman
Adoption Year : 2016
Behind closed doors and in debate, Republican Minority Leader Ken Fredette let the attack on the most significant solar energy measure Maine has ever seen.
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.
23 May
New study tallies environmental and public health benefits of solar power
Monday, May 23, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Adoption Year : 2016
Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
05 May
An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Maine    
Author : 126th Maine Legislature
Adoption Year : 2014
This bill creates the Maine Solar Energy Act, which: 1. States specific legislative findings that it is in the public interest to encourage development of solar energy production in the State. This includes finding that solar energy development makes a significant contribution to the general welfare of the citizens of the State and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; 2. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to take specific measures regarding solar energy, including monitoring development and market trends and determining the value of
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.
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
Why a Minnesota Energy Standard is a Great Idea
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2013
Presentation made for Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) showing data providing support for the argument that a solar standard is cost-effective
13 Apr
The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Florida    Georgia    
Author : Luis Martinez
Adoption Year : 2015
This post discusses the growth of solar in states such as Georgia and Florida. One major reason for its growth is the approval of solar PPAs even by conservative groups and policy makers.
13 Apr
The Making of a New Midwestern Solar Energy Standard
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : John Farrell, grist.org
Adoption Year : 2013
Article about the progression of the MN solar bill through the legislature; also contains a Prairie Home Companion reference
13 Apr
The Benefits of Distributed Generation: Why Locally Produced Solar is Good for Communities
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Cecilia Aguillon
Adoption Year : 2013
Post touting the economic benefits of community solar in all sizes
13 Apr
State-led work group to review utilities' stake in solar
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Michigan    
Author : Jay Greene
Adoption Year : 2014
The Michigan PSC decided that the utilities should look into increasing the amount of their generation that comes from solar, exceeding the minimum required of them, and received pushback, especially from DTE. This article discusses the arguments on both sides.
13 Apr
Nearly Half of Western US Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Katherine Tweed
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses the results of a new study conducted by Arizona State University on the effects of climate change stream flow, air and water temperature, humidity and air density. It is expected that mid-century, nearly half of existing capacity operating in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, which spans 14 states, could be adversely affected to some degree.
13 Apr
Minnesota solar gets new boost from lawmakers
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Stephanie Hemphill
Adoption Year : 2013
Article detailing the various solar initiatives being contemplated in Minnesota
13 Apr
Minn. Regulators set to decide on solar tariff formula
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Jeffrey Tomich
Adoption Year : 2014
Article covering the impending decision on MN's VOS methodology, talking about the contrast and breadth of opinions
13 Apr
Mike Rothman Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce Before The Senate Energy Subcommittee
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Mike Rothman
Adoption Year : 2014
Testimony of MN state official in a Senate Energy Subcommittee hearing explaining the Value of Solar Tariff methodology employed in the state, and its benefits.
13 Apr
Michigan PSC - DTE Rate Case - Testimony - Rábago
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Michigan    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago), Environmental Law and Policy Center
Adoption Year : 2013
The testimony addresses deficiencies in the Detroit Edison Company’s ("the Company") Renewable Energy Plan ("REP") related to distributed solar. The author identifies a major analytical weakness underlying the Plan and the Company’s approach to distributed solar energy -- the Company fails to recognize the value of distributed solar. The testimony proposes that the Company improve and increase market opportunities for distributed solar technology in its service territory through adoption of improved program approaches, program expansion, improv
13 Apr
In bid against gas, Minnesota regulators say solar can proceed
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Dan Haugen
Adoption Year : 2014
Solar project beat out natural gas options in RFP. Article discusses Xcel Energy's reservations and the regulatory climate in MN that made this possible
13 Apr
Green energy offers respite to job hunters amid oil sector layoffs
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @International    
Author : Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen
Adoption Year : 2015
Discussion of the growth of the renewable energy job sector abroad
13 Apr
Governor Sandoval Gambling His Vice Presidential Chances Away with Anti-Solar Records
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Nevada    
Author : Sarah Wolfe
Adoption Year : 2015
Article on Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval's drop in support both in Nevada and as a potential Presidential VP candidate after voters learned about his lack of leadership role in protecting solar jobs and promoting solar energy.
08 Apr
Austin Value of Energy Solar Programs
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Texas    
Author : Debbie Kimberly, Austin Energy
Adoption Year : 2014
Slide deck showing a recap of cost savings and installation from 2013, VOS implementation and results, and projections and future challenges to be faced in 2014 by Austin Energy and Texas.