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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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.