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RMI lays out paths for utility evolution

The research organization’s latest publication looks at what it will take for utilities to meet the changing demands of the 21st century, including accommodating distributed solar and energy storage.

House starts hearings on the PURPA Modernization Act of 2017

Later this morning, the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy will hear its first testimony on HR 4476, a bill that some experts say would render PURPA toothless.

TÜV Rheinland: Centralized tracker architecture can reduce LCOE

A report published by TÜV Rheinland, which was commissioned by tracker manufacturer Array Technologies, shows that centralized tracker systems such as those offered by Array Technologies offer an LCOE advantage over other, decentralized system architectures.

Taxing times

Solar and U.S. tax reform: The solar and wind industries largely dodged the bullet in the process of U.S. tax reform. But there will still be impacts on renewable energy project finance, which are many and complex, and it is hard to say what the final end-market impact will be.

Report: Trump says he’ll announce solar tariff decision “soon”

In an interview with Reuters, the president slammed what he referred to as the dumping of inexpensive modules on the U.S. market.

Hawaii legislature considers income tax credit for energy storage

For the third straight year, Hawaiian state legislators are trying to provide tax incentives for residents who install energy storage systems.

California sets rules for multiple uses of energy storage

A ruling by CPUC opens the door for “stacking” the services that batteries and other forms of energy storage can provide.

BNEF releases 2018 clean energy predictions

BNEF has released its top 10 clean energy predictions for 2018, including at least 107 GW of solar PV installs. China will lead, but Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East will notably up the ante. India will install less RE than in 2017, but will see fossils outpace RE for the last time; and China will see distributed grid connected solar leading the market. Li-ion prices are also declining, while EV sales grow.

SEIA attempts to get ahead of locational value

A new white paper by the solar trade group proposed principles to guide the compensation for locational value of energy.

On his way out, Chris Christie sticks it to solar in New Jersey

The now former governor of New Jersey snuck out of the office Tuesday with Senate Bill 2276 tucked in his pocket, meaning the state’s renewable portfolio standard will remain at levels the state’s solar industry says could result in a market crash and job losses.

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