Policy

Is the Trump Administration blocking the science on a renewable-powered future?

A study on reaching high levels of renewable energy has been removed from the NOAA website, and an energy writer says that the release of another study has been blocked.

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Gas favored over solar as Memphis utility considers TVA exit

Memphis is studying the potential to save money by exiting its contract with TVA. At issue is how much solar and storage to include in any new generating portfolio.

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The necessary evil that is net metering

Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests that as net metering expands, financially challenged electric customers will begin to pay a higher share of the electric companies guaranteed revenue streams – and while this would be true in a static world – the broader picture of the value of individual energy empowerment makes this an acceptable systemic risk.

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Louisiana guts net metering

Regulators in Louisiana have replaced net metering with compensation at avoided cost for all power exported to the grid on an instantaneous basis, effective January 1, 2020. As a result of this, the state’s small solar industry is expected to lose jobs.

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Consumers agrees to buy half a gigawatt of solar in settlement

Consumers has reached an agreement with Michigan regulators to allow for the development of over half a gigawatt of its 3 GW interconnection queue by 2023. However, while the current backup is being remedied, what’s to stop another one down the line?

Vectren to hold IRP workshop, Solar Frontier America acquires 100 MW: pvMB 9/11/19

Hello one and all and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ve got on the docket a prediction for solar PV installer to be the fastest-growing job in 2018-28, EV expos across Virginia and more.

Solar tax exemption passes in California, POWERHOME hiring and expanding in SC: pvMB 9/10/19

Welcome one and all to a very special Tuesday pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at the Connecticut governor’s push to go 100% CO2 free by 2040, CPS’ tariff response plan, Sunpower’s solar design studio and more!

Residential energy storage broke records in Q2

More residential storage went on-line in Q2 2019 than ever before, helping to soften the blow of a quarter that just didn’t compare in the face of the previous one.

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Louisiana regulators will vote on whether or not to kill net metering

On Wednesday regulators will vote on a proposal to replace retail-rate net metering with a two-channel billing system based on avoided cost, which could wipe out the state’s solar market.

Louisiana regulators could give the green light to utilities to milk customers with solar

The state’s Public Service Commission is preparing to vote on a proposal to gut net metering for distributed solar, based on a highly questionable study by the oil and gas industry’s pet consultant.

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