DOE’s Sunshot Initiative Reaches Utility Solar Cost Target Three Years ahead of Schedule

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced new priorities for its SunShot Initiative after it met the utility-scale solar cost target three years ahead of schedule. The new funding programs will prioritize research on grid reliability, reflecting the growing role of solar in the generation mix. In addition, over the coming years, DOE would examine the costs and benefits of net energy metering to utilities, ratepayers, and the grid.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – DOE’s SunShot Initiative Reaches Utility Solar Cost Target Three Years ahead of Schedule

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced new priorities for its SunShot Initiative after it met the utility-scale solar cost target three years ahead of schedule. The new funding programs will prioritize research on grid reliability, reflecting the growing role of solar in the generation mix. In addition, over the coming years, DOE would examine the costs and benefits of net energy metering to utilities, ratepayers, and the grid.

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Rhode Island Streamlines Solar Permitting in Clean Energy Bill Package

Rhode Island has enacted a suite of clean energy bills which includes legislation to streamline solar permitting and renewable energy interconnection. Rhode Island thus joins a small group of states that strive to standardize solar permitting, an important step toward reducing the soft costs of solar. Standardizing permitting is likely the next major opportunity for the solar industry which has benefited immensely from cheaper technology and financing.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Rhode Island Streamlines Solar Permitting in Clean Energy Bill Package

Rhode Island has enacted a suite of clean energy bills which includes legislation to streamline solar permitting and renewable energy interconnection. Rhode Island thus joins a small group of states that strive to standardize solar permitting, an important step toward reducing the soft costs of solar. Standardizing permitting is likely the next major opportunity for the solar industry which has benefited immensely from cheaper technology and financing.

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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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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.