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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New York Electric Utilities and Solar Companies Partner to Revalue Solar

On April 18, 2016, a coalition of New York State electric utilities and solar companies jointly proposed a distributed generation compensation model that addresses cost-sharing issues in transitioning from net energy metering (NEM). As utilities and state regulators continue to debate over the valuation of solar power, the New York proposal could set a national precedent for utility-industry collaboration to support solar growth while addressing cost-sharing issues.

New York Set to Revive Renewable Energy Industry

Key Takeaways: The Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative seeks a fundamental restructuring of New York’s centralized utility model in response to technology advancements and customer trends that favor decentralized power generation The 2015 New York State Energy Plan provides a roadmap to implement the REV strategy through increased renewable generation, energy efficiency, and emissions…...

EPA Announces New Emissions Standards for Trucks and Trailers

Key Takeaways: The 2013 Climate Action Plan called for new standards to advance fuel economy and emissions reductions in the transportation sector Proposed Phase 2 standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles aim to achieve 24 percent improvement in fuel efficiency by 2027 The new standards will spur advancements in trucking technology, resulting in substantial costs…...

FERC Approves Reforms to PJM Capacity Market

Key Takeaways: PJM’s forced generation capacity outages in the 2013/2014 winter, along with long-term distributed generation trend, prompted PJM to propose capacity market reforms to ensure system reliability After requesting additional information in April, FERC approved PJM’s approval, allowing for inclusion in August Forward Capacity Auction Capacity Performance will impose stringent operational requirements and non-performance…...

DOI Approves First Solar Projects Under Expedited Review Process

Key Takeaways: Solar energy still only accounts for around 1% of total U.S. power generation but costs have fallen dramatically The BLM approved the first utility-scale solar development projects under the Western Power Plan By reducing non-hardware costs of solar energy, the BLM’s initiatives will soften the impact of Investment Tax Credit expiration Insight for…...