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Montana guts PURPA

A ruling by state regulators reduces contract prices significantly and secures these prices for only five years in the territory of NorthWestern Energy.

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Montana governor vetoes anti-solar legislation

SB 7 would have eliminated net-metering, calling it a “subsidy” and reviving the fake argument that solar users don’t pay for grid upkeep, but sanity prevailed in the governor’s mansion.

Montana plans 80 MW solar farm amid legislative uncertainty

In another baffling tale of state’s solar-policy split personality, the Treasure State is planning a 480-acre solar farm while the legislature simultaneously tries to snuff out its nascent solar industry.

FERC declines to intervene in Montana PURPA fight

The federal regulatory body states that Montana’s PSC is not in compliance with PURPA, and says that FLS Energy is free to pursue a remedy in the courts.

Coal-plant closures bring opportunities for solar

A new report documents that most U.S. utilities remain firm on plans to eliminate coal plants on the already-announced schedule, offering the prospect of enormous business opportunities for the solar industry — as well as a glimmer of hope for displaced coal miners

DOE invests $21 million to speed solar adoption

The money will go to 17 projects designed to reduce soft costs and maximize solar’s benefits for states.

From the editor: State policy matters

As the first in a new series of weekly editorials, pv magazine Americas Editor Christian Roselund highlights some of the current battles that are taking place at the state level.

Grid Alternatives will install 92 solar projects on U.S. tribal lands

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Oakland, Calif.-based non-profit solar installer will put 394 kW to electrify areas that are often underserved by utilities.

Ups and Downs: The pv magazine USA news digest

This week saw bad news and good news in the U.S. Solar market, with layoffs at Enphase and a congressional investigation, but also some positive market momentum in Minnesota and several large projects announced in Western states.

Vote Solar, Earthjustice take Montana PURPA fight to federal regulators

The petition to FERC comes after Montana regulators suspended implementation of PURPA, impacting an estimated 135 MW of late-stage solar projects.

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