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California bills to dramatically expand distributed energy storage

Four bills signed by California governor Brown will mandate a distributed energy storage procurement, fund incentives for behind-the-meter storage, and more.

Nevada: Governor’s task force recommends bringing back net metering

While advocates welcomed the gesture, these recommendations will require legislative action to become reality.

New York’s REV process: More questions than answers

Progress is slow in terms of concrete details in New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, but some of that may be inevitable.

California regulators deny challenges to net metering

Requests for a re-hearing filed by the state’s three large investor-owned utilities have been denied.

New York City sets new goals for solar and energy storage

In addition to the new 1 GW for solar target and the 100 MWh storage goal, the De Blasio administration is claiming significant reforms at Department of Buildings.

Massachusetts reveals draft of new solar incentive program

The proposed policy to follow SREC-2 will feature a bonus paid per kilowatt-hour delivered, through a declining block grant schedule. Details have not been finalized at this time.

Solar, efficiency can help mitigate energy use from marijuana cultivation

EQ Research has released a report looking at intense energy use in the booming U.S. marijuana industry, and means to control GHG emissions.

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SEPA suggests path for utility-solar collaboration

The recently released “Blueprints For Electricity Market Reform” outlines concrete steps state to bring solar advocates and utilities closer to finding resolutions to their conflicts.

Community solar is (finally) moving forward in Minnesota

Mortenson Construction’s groundbreaking on the first in 11 MW of projects is part of a boom in community solar construction in the state, despite big delays in Xcel Energy’s interconnection process.

Congress launches investigation into use of solar grant and ITC funds

The investigation by a Senate and House committee is looking at whether or not U.S. companies were encouraged to sign leases regardless of the credit-worthiness of signatories, as well as potential inflation of costs to obtain more funding.

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