EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – 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.

Proposed Expansion of Nevada RPS Boosts Solar Industry Outlook

Nevada AB 206, aimed to expand the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 80 percent by 2040, is the latest in the growing list of states planning to strengthen their renewable energy targets. While AB 206 would place Nevada in a similar trajectory with top-tier RPS states, such as California and New York, Massachusetts has proposed an even more ambitious goal of 100 percent by 2035, aiming to make Massachusetts the first U.S. state to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Stronger RPS policies will stimulate market and technology development to increase the competitiveness of renewable energy.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Proposed Expansion of Nevada RPS Boosts Solar Industry Outlook

Nevada AB 206, aimed to expand the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 80 percent by 2040, is the latest in the growing list of states planning to strengthen their renewable energy targets. While AB 206 would place Nevada in a similar trajectory with top-tier RPS states, such as California and New York, Massachusetts has proposed an even more ambitious goal of 100 percent by 2035, aiming to make Massachusetts the first U.S. state to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Stronger RPS policies will stimulate market and technology development to increase the competitiveness of renewable energy.

Arizona Replaces Net Metering with Lower Export Rates in Landmark Decision

The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a decision to replace retail-rate net metering with lower export rates that will be determined individually in each utility rate case based on short-term valuation methods. The decision, which concludes a three-year investigation into the value and cost of solar, grandfathers existing customers into current net metering plans for 20 years, while new customers are locked in for a shorter 10-year period, creating uncertainty over future rates.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Arizona Replaces Net Metering with Lower Export Rates in Landmark Decision

The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a decision to replace retail-rate net metering with lower export rates that will be determined individually in each utility rate case based on short-term valuation methods. The decision, which concludes a three-year investigation into the value and cost of solar, grandfathers existing customers into current net metering plans for 20 years, while new customers are locked in for a shorter 10-year period, creating uncertainty over future rates.

Department of Interior Finalizes Pending Regulations amid Presidential Transition

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced the final Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, one of the last major climate mitigation efforts of the Obama Administration, the 2017-2022 Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Plan, and final rules creating competitive leasing processes for renewable development on public lands. Multiple rules finalized in the last months of the administration face the risk of being rescinded or weakened under the incoming Trump administration.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Department of Interior Finalizes Pending Regulations amid Presidential Transition

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced the final Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, one of the last major climate mitigation efforts of the Obama Administration, the 2017-2022 Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Plan, and final rules creating competitive leasing processes for renewable development on public lands. Multiple rules finalized in the last months of the administration face the risk of being rescinded or weakened under the incoming Trump administration.

New Hampshire NEM Successor Proposal Seeks to Expand Customer Choice

The New Hampshire's Office of Consumer Advocate has proposed net metering tariff alternatives with options for a time-of-use rate for residential customers and a Fixed Solar Credit Rate for all customers, as well as a new community solar program. The proposal reflects the need to find ways to compensate distributed generation (DG) beyond the common strategies of reducing remuneration or imposing higher charges on DG customers.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – New Hampshire NEM Successor Proposal Seeks to Expand Customer Choice

The New Hampshire's Office of Consumer Advocate has proposed net metering tariff alternatives with options for a time-of-use rate for residential customers and a Fixed Solar Credit Rate for all customers, as well as a new community solar program. The proposal reflects the need to find ways to compensate distributed generation (DG) beyond the common strategies of reducing remuneration or imposing higher charges on DG customers.

Nevada Reinstates Retail Rate Net Metering for Existing Customers

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission (NV PUC) has ratified an agreement grandfathering Nevada’s existing net energy metering (NEM) customers for 20 years into the previous NEM tariff that was eliminated in a controversial decision in December 2015. The decision will place approximately 32,000 customers back on the more favorable retail NEM tariff.

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Enerknol’s Visual Primer – Nevada Reinstates Retail Rate Net Metering for Existing Customers

On September 21, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (NV PUC) ratified an agreement grandfathering Nevada’s existing net energy metering (NEM) customers for 20 years into the previous NEM tariff that was eliminated in a controversial decision in December 2015. The decision will place approximately 32,000 customers back on the more favorable retail NEM tariff. Although…

Arizona Rate Case Decision Delays Solar Tariff Revisions

In approving new rates for UNS Electric, the Arizona Corporation Commission has delayed a decision on net energy metering (NEM) tariff and demand charges for residential solar until the completion of its Value of Solar (VOS) study. The decision reflects the importance of data-driven decisions to prevent adverse impacts to the growing solar industry as utilities continue to seek rate structures that meet customers’ evolving usage patterns, reduce cross-subsidies, and enhance recovery of fixed costs.

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