This morning, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to adopt a decision setting overarching guidelines for establishing time-of-use (TOU) rates. Under TOU, rates are higher at periods of peak demand and lower off-peak. Experience in California and elsewhere has shown that customers can understand simple
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In the last weeks of 2016, the solar coaster continues its twists and turns in the Southwest, once again producing both good news and bad, with one state learning from experience and taking steps to re-start its solar market, and another succumbing to utilities’ false claims.
Quarter after quarter, the solar industry grows more and more, but never like this. The solar industry just experienced its largest quarter ever with more than 4,143 MW of PV installed, according to SEIA & GTM Research’s Q4 Solar Market Insight report, which provides third quarter data.
The booming utility-scale solar market accounted for roughly 70 percent of this growth, particularly in California, which became the first state to ever install more than 1 gigawatt of utility PV in a single quarter.
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.
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):