The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in response to the Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (DOE SETO) Request For Information on “Net Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Energy and Innovative Solar Deployment Models”. SEIA is a very active participant on these issues in legislative and regulatory arenas in states across the country as well as in a variety of national forums.
You are here
Solar has seen a 70% compound annual growth since 2010, with over 4GW installed in 2013. Indeed, preliminary numbers indicate that approximately 28% of all new US generation capacity installed in 2013 was from solar. Despite this growth, solar generation is still a small part of the overall generation mix. This holds true even for the states with the highest solar penetration.
As distributed generation (DG) solar energy systems continue to become more accessible and affordable, increased adoption of these grid-energy reducing technologies is likely. SEIA proposes the following principles as a foundation for designing rates that properly value and enable a high penetration of DG, while recognizing the interests of utility shareholders and non-generating customers in a system with just and reasonable rates. Overall, SEIA asserts that these principles are consistent with the imperative of public utility commissions and energy service providers to maintain reliable, cost-effective service to all customers while protecting the right of customers to generate their own energy in a manner that provides many public benefits including environmental protection and economic development.
Current energy dialogue in the U.S. is centered on the solutions that reduce energy costs as well as the carbon pollution from the electricity and transportation sectors. However, a third sector is missing from this dialogue: the thermal energy that is used for heating and cooling applications.
SEIA's guiding principles for a net metering policy.
SEIA filed additional comments in the FERC rulemaking which proposes changes to the Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP), docket RM13-2-000.
On May 17, 2013, SEIA submitted comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).
Solar plays a critical role in making the military’s energy supply more secure, distributed, affordable and independent. The DoD has committed to meet 25% of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025.
On April 15, 2013, SEIA submitted comments to the House Ways and Means Committee's Energy Tax Reform Working Group.