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17 Nov
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
2017 Guide to Virginia Wind and Solar Policy
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Virginia    
Author : Ivy Main
Adoption Year : 2017
An overview of Virginia's Wind and Solar Policy.
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
Solar Jobs, Coal Jobs, and the Value of Jobs in General
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @Federal    
Author : Peter O'Connor
Adoption Year : 2017
Solar jobs have higher labor requirements than coal jobs and some would argue that this is a bad thing. However, when multiple inputs to production are weighed between the solar and coal industries, it is clear that solar gives more people jobs, uses less input in the process, is better for the environment, and comes out on top of the coal industry.
05 Oct
Order 27232: Oregon PUC Approves Community Solar Rules
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Technology    
State : Oregon    
Author : Lisa D. Hardie, Stephen M. Bloom, Megan W. Decker
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
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
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.
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.
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/Farm Land Taxation (S-0570)
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Tax Issues    
State : Rhode Island    
Author : Sosnowski, P. Fogarty, Conley, and Archambault
Adoption Year : 2017
Allows farmers to install a renewable energy system on up to 20 percent of their total farm land acreage, thereby allowing farmers to support the state's clean energy goals while preserving our limited agricultural space.
14 Sep
Renewable Energy Interconnection Standards (S-0637A)
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Technology    
State : Rhode Island    
Author : DiPalma, Seveney, Miller, Satchell, and Kettle
Adoption Year : 2017
Streamlines the process of connecting renewable energy installations to the grid.
14 Sep
Statewide Solar Permitting (S-0562)
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Technology    
State : Rhode Island    
Author : Lynch, Prata, Miller, Gallo
Adoption Year : 2017
Establishes a statewide solar permitting application to streamline the process for homeowners, businesses, property owners and solar developers who are looking to install solar systems in Rhode Island.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
28 Feb
COMMERCIAL VALUE OF SOLAR
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Texas    
Author : GDS Associates ( for Austin Energy)
Adoption Year : 2017
The document is the result of the study conducted by GDS Associates, Inc. (“GDS”) for Austin Energy furnishing third-party analysis and recommendations related to a commercial VOS tariff methodology and the commercial solar incentive program. The project conducted by GDS is comprised of the four tasks identified below: Task A: Review the current Residential VOS methodology and recommend modifications for a Commercial rate. Task B: Recommend a rate structure to incent the preferred orientation, and/or use of storage and smart inverters to shif
23 Feb
Reframing LCOE: New Interactive Tool Expands the Scope of Generation Cost Comparisons
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    Texas    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2017
This blog post discusses the recently developed tool for a more granular analysis of the cost (including externalities) of generating electricity from different sources. This development is the result of the research conducted by the University of Texas (UT) at Austin on the issue.
23 Feb
Research spotlight: Solar Cost Shift Negligible, DER Valuation Efforts Advancing Slowly
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @Federal    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2017
The blog post reviews recent developments surrounding the growth and valuation of distributed generation, including its impacts to the grid.