Consumer Protection

We told you so: Massachusetts regulators question utility “surprise”

Massachusetts regulators have opened an investigation into electric utility National Grid’s handling of the SMART solar power program, which has led to 1 GW of projects being put on hold after many of them were given utility approval.

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Solar to lower power bills 4.6% at Arkansas co-op

After adding enough solar capacity to reduce its costly peak load by about 30%, an Arkansas utility plans to cut electric bills by 4.6%. Expansion of a solar-powered factory that will yield 400 jobs is already under way.

Solar + storage to survive disasters

A research note by Roth Capital Partners predicts the residential storage market in the United States to grow more quickly than expected. This prediction is founded just as much in disaster mitigation as it in economic viability.

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Yo, California, first – you stanch the bleeding, then you work the wound

The Clean Power Alliance of California is arguing that in dealing with projected electricity shortfalls, regulators should allow for full state participation and clean energy developers to meet the demand, versus extending the operations of gas plants located in population centers.

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Huawei faces three more Solaredge lawsuits

Inverter manufacturer Solaredge has filed three additional patent infringement lawsuits against its competitor, Huawei, in China. This comes after three similar legal actions against Huawei that had been undertaken by Solaredge in Germany last summer. While Huawei has decided not to comment on the matter, the Chinese manufacturer revealed that it had filed three patent litigation claims against Solaredge at a Chinese court this May.

South Carolina city kills residential solar because math is hard

The city of Georgetown has instituted a $50 monthly “accounting charge” on all residential solar customers because the city’s accounting software can’t comprehend the concept of energy being sent to the grid.

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Amazon pledges zero emissions by 2040

Amazon unveiled a gauntlet of new climate initiatives today, including 80% renewables by 2024, zero emissions by 2040, a fleet of 100,000 electric vans and a $100 million investment in reforestation measures.

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TVA deceives the public and the press with misleading claim of solar commitment

This op-ed from Southern Alliance for Clean Energy argues that the utility does not have any intention of installing 14 gigawatts (GW) of solar over the next 20 years, and notes that the power company has only budgeted for 5.5 GW of solar during that time period.

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Solar power installation techniques – don’t do this! (w/pictures)

Solar installation inspection results of 100 sites in Rhode Island found 50% of large-scale projects had issues, while 83% of small projects had them – with 30% and 26% of those systems having “critical” issues, respectively.

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San Diego demands clean community energy

The San Diego City Council has voted 7-2 to bring community choice aggregation to the city, becoming the 26th local government in California known to pv magazine to do so.

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