Cost and prices

Does an aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard increase utility rates?

In this op-ed ASU energy security researcher Dr. Wesley Herche demonstrates that for all the talk of renewable energy raising customer rates, there is no correlation between utility rates and ambitious state-level renewable energy mandates.

IREC launches new checklist for inspecting residential solar

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council has issued an updated checklist designed to facilitate the inspection process in the residential PV market.

PJM’s compensation reforms could impact renewable energy markets

The 14-state grid operator is calling for a reform to compensation mechanisms to reflect resilience attributes, in language familiar to anyone who has followed Secretary Perry’s proposed coal and nuke bailout.

Los Angeles 100% renewable – every hour of the day – by 2030, zero net cost

A study sponsored by Food & Water Watch, and prepared by Synapse Energy Economics, posits that 3.6 to 6 GW of solar power, plus energy storage, demand response and geothermal will allow the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to go 100% renewable.

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A soft path to residential PV cost reduction

The biggest opportunities to reduce the cost of residential PV installations are in the “soft”, non-material sectors, according to an NREL study.

Report: Chinese module imports climbed sharply in Q4

1,200%. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, that’s how high imports of Chinese modules rose in the fourth quarter last year in a desperate attempt to stockpile sufficient numbers before tariffs choked off international supplies.

Michigan solar total remains low among renewable energy options

The total volume of PV in Michigan remains small for the size of the state, especially as a percentage of renewable energy, as reported by state regulator.

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Department of Energy helps Florida reduce solar soft costs

As residential PV installed costs remain high and import tariffs loom, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SolSmart program is helping a county and localities in Florida reduce permit costs and cut red tape in the installation process.

PJM seeks a middle course in capacity markets

The PJM regional transmission organization has come up with a proposal that will determine the impact of certain kinds of subsidies in power generation capacity auctions as well as the parties offering them.

National laboratories issue study on growing flexibility and variability of power generators

Lawrence Berkeley and Argonne National Laboratories examine the growth of solar, wind and natural gas power plant operations on wholesale power markets and the impact on nuclear and coal generators.

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