This webinar was an opportunity to review the results and progress of renewable energy bills in states that SEIA is active or monitoring. These states include Massachusetts, California, Arizona, New Jersey, Colorado, New York, Texas, and Nevada. While many of these states legislative sessions had concluded, and final results of bills are available, some were still in session – and status updates were provided.
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On June 15, 2012, SEIA filed comments in PUCT Project No. 40268 addressing ERCOT's long-term resource adequacy issues. SEIA explained that solar is an ideal resource to meet Texas's growing electricity needs because it has a high effective peak capacity value, is quick to market, can be located in a geographically targeted manner, is highly modular and scalable, uses little to no water, and has minimal operating and maintenance costs and no fuel costs. SEIA also requested new pricing mechanisms for solar generation to better monetize solar's unique reliability services and the investor risk mitigation it provides.
On April 13, SEIA, in conjunction with the El Paso Solar Energy Association, filed a motion to intervene in Texas PUC Project No. 40094, an El Paso Electric rate case. As part of the rate case, El Paso Electric has proposed a $2.25 per kW charge for solar customers in its service territory for systems installed after December 31, 2012.
On February 6, 2012, SEIA filed reply comments in Texas PUC Project No. 39797, a rulemaking to implement SB 365 and SB 981, which are intended to clarify who may own renewable and natural gas distributed generation and eliminate regulatory hurdles to such ownership.
On January 23, 2012, SEIA filed comments in Texas PUC Project No. 39797, a rulemaking to implement SB 365 and SB 981, which are intended to clarify who may own renewable and natural gas distributed generation and eliminate regulatory hurdles to such ownership.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Texas braces for predicted tighter electricity reserves and higher electricity rates in the state this summer, a new report shows that adding solar capacity to the Texas electricity grid would result in lower wholesale electricity prices for Texas customers.