Consumer Protection

The dollar value of saving lives with solar

The Environmental Protection Agency has released data showing the cost per kWh benefit that solar brings to the areas where its health benefits are needed the most. These benefits are based on atmospheric particulate matter reduction benefit assumptions.

California load-serving entities experience increasing challenges in procuring resource adequacy capacity

In this op-ed for pv magazine , Seth Hilton of Stoel Rives LLP dives into the difficulties California is having meeting its resource adequacy obligations.

Module tariffs will cost the U.S. solar industry $19 billion, 62,000 jobs, and 10.5 GW

The trade organization has an unambiguous take on solar commerce: “The U.S. solar market would be much better off without the tariffs.”

Pro-renewable co-ops must propose how to figure a fair fee to exit Tri-State

To stop buying wholesale power from coal-heavy Tri-State, two co-op utilities in Colorado must first advise state regulators on setting a fair fee to exit their Tri-State contracts. A renewables-friendly wholesale competitor waits in the wings.

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Fair compensation for rooftop PV generation: lawyers make the case

The Tennessee Valley Authority will offer just over 2 cents per kWh for distributed solar, although TVA’s prior calculations show a value of 7.2 cents per kWh, or higher when counting avoided pollution. An environmental lawsuit may be brewing.

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Montana maintains net metering (for now)

In the first general rate case in 10 years, Montana regulators have rejected NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to change the way net metering customers would be charged. Would these charges have been as catastrophic as they seem?

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Changing climate, changing laws: addressing new wildfire risk requirements in project development

in this op-ed for pv magazine, David Lazerwitz and Linda Sobczynski of Farella Braun + Martel examine the levels of precaution necessary to ensure fire risk mitigation in project development.

UPDATE: Nearly-free Powerwalls for The OC

After state regulators approved an alternative decision to rejuvenate Southern California Edison’s Preferred Resources Pilot, thousands of blackout-affected Californians now have access to discounts on increasingly-necessary battery storage units.

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California home solar mandate tightened, community solar definition needed

The California Energy Commission has delayed a decision on a utility proposal to use large-scale solar to meet pending solar home mandate requirements, with commissioner comments suggesting a refinement of the community solar aspect of the mandate is coming.

Montana utility wants gas units; Sierra Club suspects biased modeling

In developing its resource plan, NorthWestern Energy apparently used modeling assumptions that favor gas-fired generation, says the Sierra Club. The group has filed a legal motion requesting access to the modeling inputs, and to the model itself.

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