Consumer Protection

APS to go to 100% clean energy by 2050

APS, Arizona’s largest utility, has released its first-ever decarbonization goal: 100% clean energy by 2050, with a 65% by 2030 landmark. The decision is being lauded as a big step forward for a utility that just a few short years ago opposed an Arizona RPS increase.

Idaho is stuck in residential solar limbo

In the wake of regulator’s rejection of Idaho Power’s proposal to decrease the net metering rate, customers looking to install PV in the near future are in limbo, with no indication of a new compensation rate in sight.

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South Carolina regulators about-face, reverse earlier decision on Dominion PURPA rates

A month after deciding upon the rates Dominion Energy will use to compensate PURPA customers, the state’s Public Service Commission has reversed the decision — raising the rates and laying the groundwork for a successful solar compensation structure.

Florida municipal utilities should look to Florida Power & Light for guidance

Daren Goldin, CEO of Goldin Solar, describes the flaws in reasoning behind fixed-rate increase proposals and suggests that utilities instead focus on creating value for customers and exploring business models to benefit customers and their bottom lines.

Delmarva Power’s demand charges beaten by Delaware man

State regulators have sided with a man who filed a protest against the power company over an unlisted $500+ demand charge on his monthly electric bill.

St. Louis passes solar-ready construction mandate

All new commercial and residential buildings in the city must have reserved rooftop sections so that solar could be easily installed upon them if need be, according to a new law passed on December 23.

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Net metering survives in Idaho

State regulators have overwhelmingly ruled to deny Idaho Power’s proposal to decrease the net metering rate for residential solar owners by 50%.

5 stories that sparked conversation in 2019

Certain articles at pv magazine strike a chord with readers and spark greater discussion among the community. Here are the most discussed articles of 2019 at pv magazine USA.

Boulder, Pueblo, San Francisco pursue city utilities for clean energy, lower costs

Boulder sees a public utility as a way to reach 100% renewables, while San Francisco aims for 100% clean energy, and Pueblo expects 10% to 14% savings.

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Choosing a backup battery system in the new age of California’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Eric Hill of OutBack Power offers depth and explanation on the different factors that go into choosing a home battery unit.

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