EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Idaho Power Proposes to Create a Solar Rate Class to Avoid Cost-Shifting

Idaho Power is seeking permission to close the current net metering schedule and create two rate classes for residential and small general service customers from 2018. The move echoes a national trend towards reforming net metering policy to address cost shifts from net metered to standard customers. As rooftop solar and other forms of distributed generation spread, debates over NEM will intensify leading states to seek alternative models such as New York's Value of DER rate.

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Nevada Clean Energy Bills Driven by Anticipated Policy Shift toward Deregulation

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has vetoed legislation that would have increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and created a community solar program. However, he approved a suite of nine clean energy bills, pushing the state policy towards clean energy. The legislation comes in anticipation of energy market restructuring through a ballot measure in 2018.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Nevada Enacts Multiple Clean Energy Bills Preparing for Deregulation

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has vetoed legislation that would have increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and created a community solar program. However, he approved a suite of nine clean energy bills, pushing the state policy towards clean energy. The legislation comes in anticipation of energy market restructuring through a ballot measure in 2018.

2017 State Legislative Action Calls for Greater Energy Diversity

Legislation enacted across states in 2017 calls for greater diversity in power sources—from expanding renewables to supporting nuclear and natural gas infrastructure. However, there is a clear trend showing the intent to prioritize clean energy and climate policy. States in the forefront of grid modernization plans continue to support renewable development while others are following their models as a way to emulate effective policies.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – State Legislation Update: 6/2017

Legislation enacted across states in 2017 calls for greater diversity in power sources—from expanding renewables to supporting nuclear and natural gas infrastructure. However, there is a clear trend showing the intent to prioritize clean energy and climate policy. States in the forefront of grid modernization plans continue to support renewable development while others are following their models as a way to emulate effective policies.

Virginia’s Legislative Package and Dominion’s IRP Reflect New Role for Clean Energy

Virginia has enacted a suite of clean energy bills that will help expand renewable energy and energy efficiency across the state. The legislation increases opportunities for community solar, pumped storage, battery technologies, and green development zones, bringing a remarkable turn in a state that has generally lingered over clean energy development. Amid legislative efforts to advance Virginia’s clean energy future, the state’s largest utility Dominion Energy also presented solar as a central piece of its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan. The new legislative package and the underlying market developments set Virginia up for a sustainable energy policy that supports economic development.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Virginia’s Legislative Package and Dominion’s IRP Reflect New Role for Clean Energy

Virginia has enacted a suite of clean energy bills that will help expand renewable energy and energy efficiency across the state. The legislation increases opportunities for community solar, pumped storage, battery technologies, and green development zones, bringing a remarkable turn in a state that has generally lingered over clean energy development. Amid legislative efforts to advance Virginia’s clean energy future, the state’s largest utility Dominion Energy also presented solar as a central piece of its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan. The new legislative package and the underlying market developments set Virginia up for a sustainable energy policy that supports economic development.

New York Begins Transition from Net Metering to Value-Based Compensation for DER

The New York State Public Service Commission has issued an order adopting a new Value Stack pricing mechanism to compensate distributed energy resources in a more accurate and granular manner. The order marks an important first step in moving beyond net metering to a compensation structure that considers location and environmental benefits that were previously not quantified.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – New York Begins Transition from Net Metering to Value-Based Compensation for DER

The New York State Public Service Commission has issued an order adopting a new Value Stack pricing mechanism to compensate distributed energy resources in a more accurate and granular manner. The order marks an important first step in moving beyond net metering to a compensation structure that considers location and environmental benefits that were previously not quantified.

Utility-Industry Rate Case Settlement Opens Period of Stability in Arizona’s Solar Industry

The Arizona Public Service and solar industry have reached a rate case settlement agreement to bring a five-year debate over rooftop solar compensation to an end. With the agreement, Arizona joins New York and Colorado where utilities and solar advocates have reached similar compromises in the transition from retail rate net metering, demonstrating that the solar industry and utilities can find practical alternatives to solar grid charges.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Utility-Industry Rate Case Settlement Opens Period of Stability in Arizona’s Solar Industry

The Arizona Public Service and solar industry have reached a rate case settlement agreement to bring a five-year debate over rooftop solar compensation to an end. With the agreement, Arizona joins New York and Colorado where utilities and solar advocates have reached similar compromises in the transition from retail rate net metering, demonstrating that the solar industry and utilities can find practical alternatives to solar grid charges.

Maryland’s Three-Year Community Solar Pilot Targets 200 MW in Diverse Projects

Maryland has advanced a three-year community solar pilot program which is expected to jumpstart community solar, demonstrating the viability of the segment in the state. With the initiative, Maryland joins other states looking at creative policies aimed at boosting solar project deployment and methods to compensate distributed generation. Community solar models can overcome the constraints of net metering through partnerships with utilities and also provide a return on their investment instead of a reduction in the participant’s utility bill.

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