Policy

Trump executive order based on energy fantasies

In his latest executive order, the president and his administration showed a brazen willingness to manipulate fossil fuel workers as they move energy policy back to the 19th century.

GTM Research notes geographical expansion of U.S. energy storage

The company reports that 21 states have at least 20 MW of energy storage projects proposed, under construction or already in place.

Alaska doubles solar capacity in 2016

The Land of the Midnight Sun doesn’t qualify as a state poised for explosive solar growth yet. But with a doubling of installations in one year and solar installers flourishing, it could be a state to hold in the back of your mind for the future.

Texas utility proposes bizarre fixed charges for solar customers

Under Oncor’s proposal, its customers who have PV installed would pay a fixed charge every month based on their historical demand – unless their residential bill would be higher under standard rates.

Oregon solar industry calls for 10% power from solar in 10 years (With charts and graphs)

In a joint plan released by OSEIA and the Lewis and Clark School’s Green Energy Institute, the state could produce 10% of its power by 2027, as well as double its solar workforce.

“We are at war”

Among the many changes that solar markets are experiencing in the United States, moves by the Trump Administration cast a long shadow at the Intersolar USA East trade show, which opened today.

Massachusetts finalizes successful SREC 2 program extension

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has officially finalized the extension of its Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC-2), completing a process that started in September.

Stanford advocates ending China solar tariffs

The report led by a former Wall Street Journal editor gives national advice that mimics policies under President Obama’s energy department, but is unlikely to go anywhere under Trump.

Maine solar advocates push for reconsideration of net metering

A coalition of 24 groups has asked state regulators to reconsider scrapping net metering in 2018, as advocates gear up for a push in the state legislature.

BREAKING: Minnesota governor vetoes bill to exempt co-ops from regulation

Faced with the prospect of giving unregulated utilities the right to charge solar customers any fees they wanted, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton took a stand and vetoed a bill that would have done just that.

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