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Valuing Solar Energy: Two Models to Use

For every state beginning to wrestle with the value of solar and how it should be reflected in net metering, standby charges and future cost-of-carbon deliberations, just about every one is conflicted by politics, especially where there is a...

Posted December 15, 2014    

A New Platform to Guide Utility Regulations To Let Solar and Distributed Energy Flourish

If you could start from a clean slate to regulate electric utilities, how would you begin and how would you reflect the changing dynamics in the electricity industry, especially with respect to solar energy and distributed generation?In what could...

Posted November 28, 2014    

Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

If someone were to tell you that neither a state nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ever established regulations for disposing of coal ash waste by utilities, would you believe him/her?You’d be inclined to say no, right? Heck, there...

Posted November 24, 2014    

Tea Party Organizer Debbie Dooley Taking Her Advocacy for Solar Energy and Against Utility Monopolies to Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin

When Debbie Dooley seized the mantle as solar energy’s newest and most vocal champion in Georgia last year, solar advocates in other states began wondering how they could replicate her efforts. Well they may have an answer as Dooley is testing the ‘...

Posted October 30, 2014    

Virginia Utilities Pull Out of Collaboration Working on a Method to Value Solar Energy

Utilities in Virginia which had been collaborating with local governments, solar stakeholders and academic researchers to agree on a methodology for valuing small solar energy systems have withdrawn their participation leaving the state-directed...

Posted September 26, 2014    

With New Law, South Carolina Sets a Foundation for More Solar Energy

Another state in the Southeast U.S. is recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy as commissioners, utilities and stakeholders in South Carolina are ironing out details of a new solar law that enables third-party leasing and...

Posted September 8, 2014    

Who Says Solar Energy Doesn't Make Sense in Virginia?

‘Solarize’ Virginia coops demonstrating the broadening appeal of rooftop solar through bulk purchasing networksVirginia may be one of the last markets that leading solar installers would look to enter but that isn’t stopping local community...

Posted August 25, 2014    

Utility Clean Energy Deployment: Do Enough Customers and Stakeholders Care in Virginia?

Pressure from customers and other stakeholders is boosting utility commitments to programs and tools designed to save energy and enable markets for renewable sources of electricity, so says a report by Ceres, a sustainability-focused non-profit and...

Posted August 5, 2014    

Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

A recent assessment of statewide energy efficiency initiatives by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy  (ACEEE) ranked Virginia 36th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia (see map below).  So it’s no surprise...

Posted July 29, 2014    

Here is One Forward-Looking and Very Ambitious Clean Energy Plan for Virginia

Cleaner energy policies and markets are flourishing globally and throughout much of the U.S. but not in the Commonwealth of Virginia. So stakeholders there have mapped a plan to catch up.More than 60 advocates for jump-starting clean energy policies...

Posted July 16, 2014    

Here's the First Peek at Pent-Up Demand for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Virginia

Efforts by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to diversify the state’s energy mix are off to a curious start. He created an “Energy Council” to advise him and set six dates for “listening sessions” throughout the Commonwealth to field recommendations...

Posted June 18, 2014    

10 Key Questions for Assessing EPA's Proposed Carbon Rules Under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act

Whether one believes or denies global warming is being caused by humans, today will be remembered as the day the U.S. set an actionable framework by executive fiat for reducing harmful carbon emissions from existing power plants running on fossil...

Posted June 2, 2014