The Illinois state legislature passed the Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814) last week, which sets the state on a path to 25 percent renewables by 2025, including potentially thousands of megawatts of new solar.
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Last week, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved a comprehensive settlement on the Xcel Energy General Rate Case, Renewable Energy Plan and the Solar*Connect application.
This Veterans Day, the solar industry wants to express our sincere gratitude to those who have served and are serving in our nation’s military. The sacrifices that these men and women make for our country give us the freedoms and ability to build and grow prosperous industries like the 200,000+ strong solar industry.
On Oct. 28th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), headed by Commissioner Judith Judson, accepted initial comments on the Baker Administration’s proposal for a new solar incentive program in the Bay State.
While their proposal was rolled out publicly with some fanfare on Sept. 23, and got some press coverage, the size of this new initiative has received relatively little attention.
Former Vice President Al Gore spoke in Florida at a rally for Hillary Clinton this week, where he specifically urged Floridians to vote NO on Amendment 1, which would kill rooftop solar in the Sunshine State to the benefit of entrenched utilities. View the video of the speech above, or see below for the transcript, edited for length (emphasis is ours):
On Friday, Arizona released a Recommended Order and Opinion that would end net metering as we know it in the state and give a raw deal to Arizonans. The proposal is particularly astonishing because Arizona has the greatest solar intensity in the nation.
A big win for solar in Massachusetts! The Bay State’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an order that prevents the utility National Grid from hitting homeowners with exorbitantly high fees, which would have damaged prospects for solar in this burgeoning clean energy state.
Working with our regional partner, the Northeast Clean Energy Council, and other aligned parties including our friends at Vote Solar, the Energy Freedom Coalition, and the Acadia Center, we successfully blocked several potentially harmful rate design proposals advanced by National Grid.
The Pew Research Center released a survey this week titled The Politics of Climate, an overview of the stark political divides in a variety of climate issues and policies. Of the more notable sections in the survey was one that polled public support for increases in different forms of energy.
Solar polled at 89 percent favorable among U.S. adults, higher than any other energy source, including wind, nuclear, natural gas, coal, etc.