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In Massachusetts, Compromise Pairs Net Metering With Declining Solar Incentives

July 14, 2014 by Tom Plant

Massachusetts and Solar Market Change

In states around the country, there have been attacks on the net metering policies that support distributed resources, primarily solar power systems. Utilities claim these policies give solar system owners a pass on paying for the infrastructure that connects them to the grid.[read more]

Will Utilities Control Behind-the-Meter Solar Batteries?

April 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Ken Munson, CEO of Stockton, Calif.-based startup Sunverge Energy, doesn’t want you to think of his company’s product as a “battery in a box,” backing up a roof full of solar panels -- even if that’s one very accurate way to describe what it packages up into a closet-sized, UL-certified form.[read more]

A Rising Tension: 'Value-of-Solar' Tariff Versus Net Metering

April 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Pricing Solar

The Alliance for Solar Choice, a group made up of leading solar service providers, is a staunch defender of net energy metering. And that has brought it into conflict with solar advocates calling for a more precise "value of solar" calculation.[read more]

Net Metering Update: What Do Recent Decisions Tell Us?

April 11, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Each week brings new developments in net metering, as utilities, state legislators and regulators continue debating how to price solar on the grid. Recent decisions follow proceedings in Arizona, Colorado and a host of other states, where utilities have argued for fixed charges to net metered customers.[read more]

As Net Metering Battles Move to Small Markets, Solar Energy Advocates Claim Early Victories

March 27, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Utilities and solar advocates have been negotiating changes to net metering in California, the leading U.S. solar market, for years. So proposed changes to solar crediting policies have spread quickly to other leading states where utilities are starting to deal with a lot more solar on the grid.[read more]

Net Metering Is in the Air: Solar Energy Progress in Massachusetts and Other States

March 19, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Massachusettes Solar

Last week, we reported on recent legislation in Massachusetts that would increase homeowners’ access to net metering across the state. The legislation would be good for solar, and it seems likely to pass in solar-friendly Massachusetts.[read more]

Why Aren't We Talking About Net Energy Metering for LEDs?

March 19, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Net Metering for LEDs

Net metering means that my utility will credit me for the “extra” power my solar energy system generates at times of low energy consumption and charge me based on the difference between my total consumption and my total solar production, i.e. my net consumption.[read more]

The Solar Net Metering Battle Moves to Colorado

December 29, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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Colorado Net Metering

The battle over net metering between Colorado's Xcel Energy and rooftop solar advocates could make the recent impassioned debate in Arizona seem tame. Xcel Energy will have its 2014 Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Plan reviewed by the state Public Utilities Commission in February.[read more]

Fitch Ratings: Net Metering Can Destabilize Entire Utility Industry

December 27, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Net Metering and Disruption

Attention everyone concerned about the potential for net metering to completely upend power utility business models: Buckle up, because net metering is taking off. Customer adoption of net metering policy has grown fast, and has become a small but rapidly growing component of total retail electricity sales.[read more]

Arizona Preserves Net Metering by Charging a Small Fee to Solar Owners

November 15, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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After two days of impassioned public comment on the future of net metering, the Arizona Corporation Commission voted 3-2 yesterday to charge $0.70 per kilowatt to solar owners to help offset utility revenue losses associated with the growth of rooftop solar.[read more]

PUCs: On the Front Line of the Brewing Net Metering Battle

August 2, 2013 by Devon Swezey

PUCs and Net Metering

Recent and ongoing regulatory proceedings on net metering (which is now being offered in 40 states) highlight the role of state Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) in setting the terms of how advanced energy will be able to grow in the United States.[read more]

The Grid and Net Metering: A Net Positive

June 4, 2013 by Rosana Francescato
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net metering

It’s not surprising that utilities aren’t fans of net metering. They can’t say that the reason they’re against it is because it eats into their profits. Instead, they use the argument that all customers are subsidizing those who use net metering.[read more]

Smart Grid Technologies Present Challenges to Regulatory Policy

July 31, 2012 by Christine Hertzog
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State regulatory commissions have significant impacts on their local economies through oversight of privately-owned electric, natural gas, water, telecommunications, and various transportation entities.  The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) organizes regular Committee meetings that help commissioners...[read more]

Utilities Getting More Engaged With Solar

December 15, 2011 by Benjamin Lack

Julia Hamm, Executive Director of the Solar Electric Power Association, discusses the current status of the solar industry and why the uility’s role in the growth of the solar industry is growing. Full Transcript:Ben lack:What is SEPA’s stance with regards to China’s involvement to generate additional solar capacity and trying to...[read more]

New meters enabling new rate designs by competitive power suppliers in Texas

November 13, 2009 by Michael Giberson
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Many companies offer retail electric power contracts in the competitive retail portions of Texas, but for a long time the contracts have been kind of, you know, boring: either fixed rate or variable, if fixed then for 1 or 2 years. Renewable content offerings provided a little color, ranging up to 100 percent. Toss in some prepay...[read more]