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pvMB 2/22/19: Walls are up at LG’s Alabama solar factory, utilities overspend by billions on T&D and more…

Good morning – it’s Friday! In today’s pvMB we will also bring you more regulatory capture in New Orleans, NREL’s new database for albedo, and a study that looks at the idea locations for EV chargers in Michigan.

Southeastern installers put up 242 MW of distributed solar

While installers in Florida added the most distributed solar last year, South Carolina leads on a per-capita basis, and Georgia, North Carolina and Louisiana round out the leaderboard. Snapshot stories included.

EIA forecasts 8.2 GWac of solar to come online in 2019

The agency expects solar and wind to again dominate capacity additions in 2019, with solar showing modest market growth. If anything, this estimate is conservative.


EQ Research: Utilities failing at fixed charge increases

The research firm’s latest analysis of utility rate case filings finds regulators often rejecting the hikes on fixed charges that many utilities are asking for. However, the general direction of fixed charges is still upwards.

New Orleans may actually get 90 MW of big solar

Entergy New Orleans has filed an application to build and procure 90 MW of solar, which would double Louisiana’s current installed capacity. But we aren’t holding our breath.

Saving the stadium: how microgrid integration can improve venues’ disaster survivability

By using real-time weather data and energy management stadiums can better manage their own consumption, as well as sheltering local residents in the event of a natural disaster.

Investigation ties Entergy money to actors paid to boo solar, support gas plant

Entergy New Orleans is denying knowledge of the hiring of the actors, but admits to hiring a contractor with a history of deceitful astroturf tactics and connections to Edison Electric Institute.

New Orleans: Actors paid to oppose solar and wind, push for power plant

It turns out that the public support for a proposed gas plant in New Orleans includes actors who were paid to show up and in some cases provide public comment. Entergy has denied any connection to the hiring.

Some sunbelt states are sunny side down on rooftop solar

A new report sheds light on primarily states, primarily in the sunbelt, that dampen (or drown) rooftop solar through bad policies, or none at all.

Solar advocates push back against proposal to gut net metering in Louisiana

Sierra Club, GSREIA and Alliance for Affordable Energy are among those arguing against proposed changes that would move all exported power to avoided cost, open the door to discriminatory charges, and provide only five years of grandfathering for existing solar owners.

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