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Modernizing the Electric Grid to Encourage Widespread Use of Solar Power

SEIA Kicks off White Paper Series on Grid Modernization

Thursday, Apr 13 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Built during the last century, the United States electric grid is in need of an update to account for changes in how Americans get their electricity. A white paper being issued by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today, is the first in a series that will detail the steps necessary to properly upgrade our power infrastructure.
 
Today’s white paper, New Opportunities for Solar Through Grid Modernization, explores how California and New York have been working on policies that encourage the use of clean distributed energy resources, while allowing ratepayers to save money.
 
“Our goal is to help inform the conversation so distributed energy technologies can continue to flourish,” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “Consumers deserve reliable, low-cost, clean power and this is easily achievable by tackling grid modernization correctly.”

In today’s white paper, SEIA staff describe the policy and political landscape in California and New York, and point out that while there has been progress, even these states are in the “walking phase” of grid modernization. The paper summarizes the ways in which regulators are currently addressing grid modernization, and suggests the need for better information from utilities and rate designs that allow for more distributed energy resources.

The white paper series will continue with quarterly papers over the next year digging deeper into:

  • Updating utility system planning
  • Updating tariffs/compensation framework
  • Identifying alternatives to traditional utility investments
  • Updating the functionality of the grid itself

To learn more about this SEIA white paper series, go to: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/new-opportunities-solar-through-grid-modernization

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About SEIA®:

Celebrating its 43rd anniversary in 2017, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 260,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America.  SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Media Contact:

Alex Hobson, SEIA Senior Communications Manager, [email protected] (202) 556-2886
 

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