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Solar Mandate? Like it or Not, Consumers Pay

Fortnightly Magazine - December 1998

Renewable Energy Collaborative November 1997, noting, "A capacity of 25 MW for RI and MA by the year 2002 is aggressive, but achievable, and will only happen with very strong financial incentives and a very determined implementation program," at pp. 5-10.

12 Through Solarex PV Value and potentially from GPU and APC in TEAM-UP Round 3.

13 In cooperation with the EcoSage Corp., the internet curriculum SolarQuest(, is being made available to all Rhode Island schools to allow use of the installed PV systems in support of traditional science, mathematics and social studies curriculum.

14 Eric Ingersoll and Romana Vysatova, "Commercialization Strategies for Photovoltaics in Southeastern New England," Lucid Inc., Rhode Island Renewable Energy Collaborative, April 1998.

15 Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Docket 1939, Narragansett Electric Co.; Docket 2153, Blackstone Valley Electric Co.; Docket 2152, Newport Electric and Docket 2510, Pascoag.

16 PSC Opinion No. 98-3, Case 94-E-0952, issued and effective Jan. 30, 1998.

17 The PSC-approved plan provides $171.77 million of SBC funds administered by NYSERDA with $59.5 million in SBC funds retained by utilities for projects deemed to be of public benefit and $3 million is reserved for a comprehensive environmental disclosure program.

18 September 1998 interview with Jeffrey Peterson, NYSERDA. The July 2, 1998 PSC order states that $15 million from SBC will be spent on renewables. The NYSERDA-run program for renewables through the R&D efforts is $11.5 million. Additional support for renewables is included in the Energy Efficiency efforts at NYSERDA through a low-cost loan program and technical assistance.

19 In an April 1998 memo appended to the July 2 PSC order, Niagara Mohawk notes it could fund $7 million or 1.6 MW of photovoltaics. The utility is authorized to receive $475,000 for PV projects, including $200,000 for the Linear Park project to provide solar lighting along the Erie Canal. NiMo also said it could use $8 million for development of up to 10 MW of wind energy, 3 MW now being developed, and another 4 to 7 MW to be solicited by NYSERDA. These capacity numbers are from the PowerChoice Agreement.

20 LIPA was created from LILCO in a May 1998 bond financing of $7.3 billion, the largest municipal utility bond issuance ever.

21 S. 7640/A.11252 in 1998 amended the 1997 Solar Choice Act.

22 Interview with New York Citizens Advisory Panel Director, Gordian Raacke, August 1998.

23 House Bill 362, Electric Service Customer Choice and Rate Relief Law of 1997, effective Dec. 16, 1997

24 Renewable Energy Resource Program, Demonstration Program Guidelines and Application Form, January 1998, Alternative Energy Section, Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Community Affairs.

25 Section 6-3.

26 Section 6-4.

27 Section 16-127, Illinois Commerce Commission, Case No. 98-0194.

28 Senate Bill 390, Electric Utility Industry Restructuring and Customer Choice Act, Amending Title 69, Montana Code Annotated, effective May 2, 1997 at Section 2 states: "The public interest requires the continued protection of consumers through: ¼ (d) continued funding for public purpose programs for: (i) cost-effective local energy conservation; (ii) low-income customer weatherization; (iii) renewable resource projects and applications; (iv) research and