Morning Brief: NERA anti-net metering petition update, renewables top nuclear and coal again

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Update on NERA from Katie Brown at Pine Tree Watch:

  • More than 450 organizations, 57,000 individuals and 37 states submitted comments opposing a petition that could set a national precedent and end [net metering]. FERC has not yet set a date to rule on the petition, which was filed by the New England Ratepayers Association in April.“
  • Marc Brown, president of NERA, said, “We were not surprised by the level of opposition to the petition, given the vast dependency by the solar energy sector on the ratepayer-financed subsidies of retail net metering.”
  • Reports indicate that the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, the Heartland Institute and NERA all have ties to the Koch brothers, who have funded climate denial and pro-fossil fuel campaigns for roughly three decades.

Read more at: Pine Tree Watch

U.S. renewable generation topped coal, nuclear for second straight month in April: Renewables accounted for 23.3% of the total, expanding its lead on nuclear generation as the second-largest source of power supply. Gas-fired generation remained the largest supplier of power with a 39.3% share. Source: EIA

Inovateus Solar started construction of Logansport, Indiana’s first-ever solar power plant. Inovateus is developing the 80-acre 16-MW installation for Logansport Municipal Utility. The 30-year PPA is financed by Alchemy Renewable Energy. Inovateus has partnered with Fresh Energy and the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund to plant a pollinator seed mix under and around the solar panels instead of traditional ground cover, after construction is completed. Source: Inovateus

Summit Ridge Energy completed its Fulton solar project, a 2.7-MW community solar farm built on 15 acres in Fulton County, Illinois — the largest community solar project in Illinois. Summit Ridge purchased Fulton from Minnesota-based developer Sunrise Energy Ventures, and hired Borrego Solar as general contractor for the project’s construction. The project uses Array Technologies’ single-axis trackers. Source: SRE

Black Hills Energy is forecasting $66 million in customer savings over 15 years with a new, 200-MW solar project to be constructed in Pueblo County under the utility’s Renewable Advantage Plan. The project will also provide $178 million in direct and indirect economic benefits through state, local and federal taxes; 250 construction jobs; 51% renewable energy mix; and 71% reduction in carbon emission by 2024. Source: The Pueblo Chieftain