distributed generation

Movement on Net Metering in Mississippi

Source: 25 x ’25 Alliance On April 1st, The Mississippi Public Service Commission ordered an investigative study on the economic impact of net metering. The Commission  has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct an Economic Impact Study/Cost-Benefits Analysis of

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Hawaii investigates illegal photovoltaic systems

 Source: KHON2 With Oahu in a solar power crunch, homeowners are going rogue, turning their panels on without permission from Hawaiian Electric Co. It’s a problem that popped up when HECO adopted stricter rules in September. HECO says photovoltaic systems connected

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Vermont Raises Net Metering Cap To 15%

Source: Solar Industry Magazine Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed self-generation and net-energy metering (NEM) legislation (H.702) into law. The new law raises the 4% cap utilities had been using as the limit on their NEM programs to 15% of peak load. The

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Utah Enacts Net Metering Legislation, Avoiding Customer Penalties

Source: IREC On March 25th, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 208 into law, which makes minimal changes to Utah’s grade-A net metering policy. As originally introduced, the bill contained language referencing cost-shifting among customer classes, mandated a fee

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California says current solar owners can cash in off their excess power for 20 years

Source: Southern California Public Radio The California Public Utilities Commission finalized a decision on Thursday to guarantee that homeowners with solar systems will be allowed to continue in the current net metering program for 20 years from the date of installation. Net

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VEC first Wisconsin utility to construct community-owned solar

Source: LaCrosse Tribune Vernon Electric Cooperative (VEC) is bringing community-owned solar to Wisconsin. In partnership with national community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC), VEC will provide any member in its service territory the opportunity to own individual panels in a

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Understanding the Next Phase of Massachusetts’s SREC Program

Source: Greentech Media Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) published an updated draft of the second phase of its Solar Renewable Energy Credit program (SREC-II), the goal of which is to install 1,600 megawatts of solar photovoltaic projects

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Louisiana PSC to study solar industry impact and taxes

The Louisiana Public Service Commission is seeking an expert to study the impact of the solar industry in the state and whether solar providers and customers should be paying more in fees. PSC Chairman Eric Skrmetta called for the study

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MA Moves Toward Improving its Interconnection Procedures

Massachusetts joins a handful of other leading states in greatly improving their interconnection procedures, making it easier for small renewable energy systems to connect to the distribution grid, without compromising safety or quality.

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Solar, will you marry me? (for a contract period of 20 years)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) released an extensive proposal for a value of solar (VOS) methodology, as required by 2013 legislation. Under this new state energy law (HF 729), utilities will be able to apply with the public utility commission (PUC) to replace net metering with a contracted, 20-year VOS rate, compensating customers under a bill credit mechanism that proponents of the VOS rate claim will more accurately reflect the value of that solar generation to the utility.

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