Idaho

Idaho Power renews attacks on net metering

The utility has proposed to state regulators a measure to decrease the rate that solar owners receive for their excess solar generation by 50% under the argument that net metering has failed to properly recover the costs incurred to serve customers with on-site generation.

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Montana utility wants gas units; Sierra Club suspects biased modeling

In developing its resource plan, NorthWestern Energy apparently used modeling assumptions that favor gas-fired generation, says the Sierra Club. The group has filed a legal motion requesting access to the modeling inputs, and to the model itself.

Balancing solar development and preservation of agricultural lands in the Midwest

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Sara Bergan and Thomas Braun, attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP discuss the difficult balancing act of solar and agriculture in the emerging Midwestern market.

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$37 for new solar in Vermont, BOfA to build 60 projects, module pricing stable – more!: pvMB 6/7/19

Put your car on cruise and lay back ’cause this is summertime, but Idaho Power is attacking net metering, while Fellowship Energy is winning a prize, Gillibrand is backing a carbon plan, and more!

One more state, two more utilities pledge 100% clean power

Yesterday Washington became the fourth state to mandate 100% carbon-free electricity, with promises to meet mandates early by Avista and PNM in New Mexico.

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Idaho Power tries to shut down net metering (again)

The utility is dredging up the trope of the cost shift as it plans for 100% “clean” electricity – on its terms.

Boise to go 100% renewable, South Carolina students support solar freedom: pvMB for 4/4/19

Happy Thursday and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at SMUD joining the EIM (those words may mean nothing to you now but will soon), a new New Jersey brownfield project (not a Futurama joke), a new solar powered anti-theft backpack (with a built-in boombox model) and everything else you need to tackle the solar industry today.

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New record low solar power price? 2.175¢/kWh in Idaho

Idaho Power has agreed to pay $21.75/MWh for 120 MWac of solar power in a 20-year power purchase agreement with Jackpot Holdings. The solar facility will offset a soon-to-close coal plant in Nevada starting in 2022.

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pvMB 3/14/19: PA nukes as renewables bill, Sungrow has a new 1500V energy storage system… and more!

Hello and welcome to the Thursday pvMB. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Idaho Senate deeming that home owners associations can’t bar rooftop solar, two former Kentucky coal mines going solar and everything else you need to see today in the world of solar

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2018 solar power year in review (part 2)

In part 2 we look at more of some of the action in 2018, from the dramatic growth of the 100% renewable energy movement to California’s mandate for rooftop solar on new homes.

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