distributed solar

Electricity supplier won’t buy Vermont renewable energy credits

Source: Brattleboro Reformer One of the nation’s top renewable power suppliers said it will no longer trade Vermont’s renewable energy credits, which are also counted toward the state’s clean electricity goals. NextEra Energy announced last week that it will no

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The Federal Government Announces Biggest Clean Energy Boost Since the Stimulus

Source: Greentech Media The biggest policy boost for clean energy during President Obama’s second term isn’t coming from the Department of Energy or from Congress — it’s coming from the Environmental Protection Agency. This morning, the EPA finally announced plans to slash

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A PV Market First: Residential Solar in the US Beats Commercial Installations

Source: Greentech Media Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s  Q1

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Solar Paired With Energy Storage Scores a Regulatory Win in California

Source: Greentech Media Adding an energy storage system to a NEM-eligible solar system or generator in California just became a little easier and more transparent under a new Public Utility Commission ruling. Last month, Jeff St. John reported on the

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Hawaii Passes the Point of No Return on Distributed Generation

Source: Greentech Media When Hawaiian Electric Company submitted its integrated resource plan on April 29, it was the last straw for regulators. Shortly after HECO’s inadequate plan was released, the Public Utilities Commission issued four regulatory orders and a white

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CPS Energy makes revisions to solar-energy fees

Source: San Antonio Business Journal CPS Energy — after proposing to cut the rates it pays solar users for excess power they generate — says it will keep its original rates in place but add a one-time connection fee for

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Restructuring New York State’s utilities

Source: Lexology New York State’s electric industry may undergo a drastic transformation.  Recently, the New York State Public Service Commission (“Commission”) issued its Reforming the Energy Vision, NYS Department of Public Service Staff Report and Proposal (“Vision Proposal”) to remodel New York’s

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SC utility board says ‘yes’ to natural gas, ‘no’ to solar

Source: The State A state utility board gave approval to Duke Energy to build a natural gas plant at the energy giant’s current coal-burning plant in Anderson County, but denied a request from two environmental groups that wanted Duke Energy

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Xcel releases RFP for 100 MW of solar in Minnesota

Source: Xcel Energy Xcel is now accepting proposals for large-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar projects totaling up to 100 MW to be installed by Dec. 31, 2016, prior to a reduction in the federal Investment Tax Credit for solar. Specifically, the utility

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Transmission: More than Meets the Eye

True or false: Transmission and transmission planning are only relevant to large, conventional electricity generators, and distributed renewables are only concerned with the distribution system, and never the twain shall meet. For many decades, this statement was profoundly true. But nowadays, with evolving technologies, improved planning processes and an expanded emphasis on integrated systems, the two previously disparate elements of our energy system are beginning to intersect.

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