Policy

Advocates to Michigan regulators: What about renewable alternatives?

As Detroit-based DTE Energy considers building a billion-dollar gas plant, solar and wind champions are asking regulators to demand they consider renewable alternatives before approving the construction.

California regulators choose clean energy and storage over existing gas plants

CPUC has turned down a request by Calpine for lucrative contracts for three gas plants and ordered PG&E to hold a solicitation for energy storage and/or “preferred resources” instead.

Ohio conservatives could shift solar debate in a positive direction

When environmentalists and conservatives in Ohio agree on something, it’s noteworthy – and could finally shift the way solar policy is discussed in Columbus.

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Michigan report sparks fears of slowed solar industry

Solar advocates say proposed changes to net metering regulations could cause the rooftop solar segment of the industry to grind to a halt.

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Vote Solar to challenge Massachusetts’ demand charge ruling in court

Last week’s decision by the Massachusetts’ Department of Public Utilities to allow Eversource to charge its net metered customers demand charges sparked outrage in the industry – and one solar advocacy group is turning that outrage into action.

Minnesota more than doubles installed solar in 2017

Minnesota Department of Commerce’s preliminary statistics show the state reaching 717 MW by the end of 2017, with particularly strong growth in the community solar sector.

Combining the benefits of PACE & PPAs

In this op-ed SEIA and The Solar Foundation explore the potential of combining PACE financing with power purchase agreements.

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Racking and mounting companies renew their call to reject tariffs

In a letter yesterday sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, racking and mounting companies warned of significant job losses in their segment if severe tariffs are imposed on solar cell and module imports.

Utah, Illinois rank among state-level solar stars, says IREC report

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council named its 2017 Clean Energy States Honor Roll yesterday, highlighting some its favorite solar success stories at the state level.

Massachusetts OKs residential demand charges for Eversource

In a move they acknowledge is “atypical” and outside of the usual ratemaking procedures of the state, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has approved demand charges on residential rooftop solar customers.

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