Policy

Berkeley Lab finds negligible potential rate impacts from distributed solar

The latest report from the respected national lab finds that even if – big if – behind-the-meter solar is raising the rates of other utility customers, the impacts are tiny, especially compared to other activities.

Perry’s testimony undercut by reported budget outline

Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry tried to soften his Climate Change and renewable energy stances during his confirmation hearing. However, a leaked budget outline from the Trump transition team belied that conciliatory tone.

PVMA: 75 GW of solar PV installed globally in 2016

The PV Market Alliance has released its official solar installation figures for 2016, which show a 50% growth from 2015 with a total of 75 GW installed. This was mainly driven by a mammoth year of installations in China, although the future would seem less auspicious as the two biggest markets show signs of retraction.

Renewable energy advocates slam utilities for slow progress under REV

Comments filed by AEEI and SolarCity on the Supplemental Distribution System Implementation Plan (DSIP) say utilities should do more to get ready for and assist with the integration of distributed renewables and storage, and AEEI says utilities should go back to the drawing board.

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Wyoming’s “reverse RES” could stop utility-scale solar

Wyoming Bill SF 71, introduced last week on the first day of the 2017 legislative session, would restrict the state’s utilities from selling electricity generated from solar under penalty of $10/MWh.

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NV Energy asks PUC to reverse $2.92 million net-metering directive

In a filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, the state’s primary utility says the cost savings were meant to apply to a broader set of customers and shouldn’t be limited to support future solar customers’ net-metering needs.

Jigar Shah and Karl Rábago talk policy, pragmatism at NYSES event

Officials from pv magazine served as MC and moderator for the event in New York City

Corporations covet clean-energy choices

A new report by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) indicates businesses want to settle in states with good clean-energy infrastructures.

China continues dominance of global renewable energy

A new report examines China’s clean energy investments, which go well beyond its borders, as well as its increasing dominance of PV production and lithium ion processing.

Hopper at SEIA completes women’s superfecta

When Abigail “Abby” Ross Hopper assumes her duties as president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association next week, it signals a new course for the national association and ushers in an era when the six most powerful association positions in the U.S. solar industry will be held by women.

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