Updates and Forecast for 2017
Brian Nese and Allison Post Harris
Since 1983, renewable portfolio standards have been enacted in 29 states, with 8 others setting different benchmarks. In addition to increasing renewable energy generation in states that have adopted these standards, the standards have driven renewable energy development in states without them.
Village of Minster, Ohio
The real significance and impact of the Minster project lies in the story behind it. It’s the town’s remarkable ability to complete a privately financed solar-plus-storage installation. The leaders have flown under the radar in a state known as one of the least friendly to renewable energy in the nation.
Conversation with a Prime Mover: Tom Fanning, Chairman and CEO of Southern Company
Tom Fanning, with Tom Linquist
A summary of Tom Linquist's conversation with Tom Fanning, Southern Company CEO, on strategy and investment. Full podcast available.
Minnesota, Oregon, New York case studies
Andrew Moratzka and Sara Bergan
Minnesota, Oregon and New York are certainly not alone in testing shared solar models. But the developments in each state in spring 2016 should shed light on the ability to deliver on the promise of community solar.
A response to the letter to the editor by Ashley Brown in our February 2016 issue.
Is rooftop solar more like an independent power producer, subject to societal regulation and policy, such as wholesale-level regulation or retail-level resource planning? Or is the electricity that is produced a private consumer good, immune from regulation, policy, and planning?
I signed up for a free quote on line.
With all the talk of the “existential threat” to traditional utilities from solar and other disruptive technologies (and the blowback against net metering in various states), I thought I’d check out SolarCity first hand.
The time is now for establishing concrete rules, roles and responsibilities for utilities and other participants.
Driven by policy directives over which utilities have little control, DERs will remain both a threat and opportunity until regulators agree on a new paradigm to support distributed energy resources.
Vitriol is to exploit the public’s inclination to favor solar to make utilities pay an exorbitant political price to have policy decided on the merits.
If a solar panel owner can sell at bundled retail rate, while generators are paid LMP, this is discriminatory pricing.
A forward-looking solution to rate reform, for when solar costs hit bottom.
Why keep rate design shackled to the ways of the past, especially at the dawn of a solar revolution?
A tough legal and financial terrain is confronting producers, utilities and regulators.
State commissions are challenged to find the sweet spot whereby utilities can afford to maintain their systems and homeowners are motivated to go green.