Post Tagged with: "regulation"

Open letter (and petition) urges for change in SEIA’s board of director governance

Open letter (and petition) urges for change in SEIA’s board of director governance

September 9, 2016 at 8:18 am 1 comment

Two prominent voices for renewable energy have circulated an open letter to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and a petition to try and change the structure of SEIA’s board of directors in order to achieve a better balance between distributed generation and utility-scale proponents when setting the direction of the advocacyRead More

Another demand charge bites the dust: El Paso Electric settlement approved

Another demand charge bites the dust: El Paso Electric settlement approved

August 22, 2016 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

The Texas Public Utilities Commission approved a settlement supported by El Paso Electric, the Office of Public Utility Counsel, Energy Freedom Coalition of America, SEIA, Eco El Paso, and Sunrun to drop a demand charge targeted at customers who invest in rooftop solar. El Paso Electric, which serves 300,000 customersRead More

SMA’s Sunny Boy passes UL 1741 SA testing to meet needs in Arizona, California

SMA’s Sunny Boy passes UL 1741 SA testing to meet needs in Arizona, California

August 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm Comments are Disabled

SMA says it is the first inverter manufacturer to complete functional and safety testing with UL according to the UL 1741 SA (Supplement A) draft standard, which identifies inverter functions required for optimal grid stability. To achieve that, SMA enhanced the smart-inverter capabilities of its Sunny Boy TL-US series ofRead More

Arizona regulators reject request to end net metering (but the issue isn’t settled)

Arizona regulators reject request to end net metering (but the issue isn’t settled)

August 16, 2016 at 8:20 am Comments are Disabled

Arizona’s solar industry won a victory last week, but how big of a victory remains to be seen. First, the good news: The Arizona Corporate Commission rejected a request from UniSource Energy Services to get rid of net metering and impose demand charges on new residential solar customers. Following thisRead More

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Will Nevada revive its net metering rates? (or at least grandfather customers in?)

August 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm 1 comment

The residential solar industry in Nevada was buried earlier this year when the state’s regulators reduced the retail remuneration rate paid to net metering customers and also created a separate customer class for residential and small-scale solar. There was an increase in fixed charges as well as a decrease inRead More

Obama wants to give your community $100,000 to build community solar

Obama wants to give your community $100,000 to build community solar

July 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm 3 comments

Since President Obama took office, solar electricity generation has increased 30 fold and solar jobs are growing 12 times faster than the rest of the economy. Last year, his administration announced a set of actions to increase access to solar and create a more inclusive workforce, and this week, theyRead More

Live at Intersolar: Sunrun CEO points toward solar+storage revolution

Live at Intersolar: Sunrun CEO points toward solar+storage revolution

July 12, 2016 at 12:36 am 1 comment

Every year, Intersolar North America takes places in San Francisco, which always provides the perfect backdrop for a show that wants to discuss and show the solar industry’s path forward globally. We in America obviously recognize the leadership position San Francisco has taken in solar here, but as we wereRead More

San Diego is first California city to hit solar cap — so now what?

San Diego is first California city to hit solar cap — so now what?

July 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

San Diego beat larger metro areas including San Francisco and Los Angeles to become the first city in California to reach the solar cap in their utility’s region. Sullivan Solar Power estimates that solar in San Diego has become a $1 billion a year industry, and the city is theRead More

What impact will reducing carbon emissions have on Virginia?

What impact will reducing carbon emissions have on Virginia?

June 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe made a bold move this week, signing an executive order to establish a new process to reduce the state’s carbon emissions. “A carbon reduction strategy focused on modernizing Virginia’s energy system with advanced energy solutions can boost Virginia’s economy in both the near and long term,” saidRead More

California’s Rule 21 decision finalized, IREC considers it a ‘big win’

California’s Rule 21 decision finalized, IREC considers it a ‘big win’

June 24, 2016 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

The long-awaited, unanimous Rule 21 decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) finally came to fruition this week and the Interstate Renewables Energy Council (IRCE) believes it comes with some very important wins for the energy customer who is interested in investing in distributed renewable energy. Most importantly, the CPUCRead More