As distributed generation continues its rapid expansion, these new resources will have an increasingly larger role.
Net Metering/Net Energy Metering (NEM)
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Residential solar's diffusion across the U.S. power grid is inspiring concern in the utility industry. Of particular debate have been net energy metering policies (NEM), which engender revenue losses and lead to cross-subsidization of solar customers by non-solar customers. An emerging alternative to NEM is the value of solar tariff (VOST), which is designed to pay residential solar generation based on a more nuanced benefit-cost analysis to determine the actual value of residential solar to utility operations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With widespread voter dissatisfaction evident in Tuesday’s national and state elections, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today urged Republicans, Democrats and independents to take a more “collaborative approach” to solving many of the nation’s pressing problems:
Several states are currently addressing the issue of net metering program caps, which limit the total amount of net metered generating capacity that can be installed in a state or utility service territory.
LAS VEGAS, NV – Calling solar "critical to the United States" when it comes to meeting its future carbon reduction goals, Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today delivered the keynote address at Solar Power International (SPI), the largest solar trade show in America, co-sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
"Cost reduction, as we have seen dramatically in solar energy, is very much a part of shaping our clean energy future," Moniz said. "We've seen costs of modules decline by nearly 80 percent.
Utilities have taken on the practice of applying standby and fixed cost charges specific to solar PV for customers choosing to go solar as a means to recover costs resulting from net energy metering (NEM).
With the clock running out on its 2014 session, the Massachusetts Legislature has agreed to a short term fix to address the bottleneck of solar projects across the Commonwealth by immediately raising the cap on net metering.
SEIA, NECEC Endorse Massachusetts’s Precedent-setting Legislation to Eliminate Solar Net Metering Cap
Saying it reflects consensus from major clean energy, utility and environmental stakeholders while solidifying the Commonwealth’s commitment to 1,600 megawatts (MW) of solar energy by 2020, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) today announced their support for proposed legislation for a new net metering and renewable energy incentive program that will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings for ratepayers.
Slide Deck from the Massachusetts Stakeholder Meeting to EXPLAIN a compromise framework for net metering and solar incentives. This is not a regulatory proceeding nor is it a legislative hearing.
In response to a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to assure that owners of rooftop solar systems will continue to benefit from Net Energy Metering (NEM) for 20 years, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement: