The Solar Energy Industries Association’s SEIA filed the following responses to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's requests for public comments on the clean energy tax provisions of the landmark Inflation Reduction Act.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) submitted new comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on interconnection reforms that can speed clean energy deployment. SEIA’s comments recommend ways to make it faster and easier to connect solar and energy storage projects to the electricity grid, consistent with the President’s clean energy goals.
In July, the Solar and Storage Industries Institute (SI2), and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), made the case that the Energy Information Administration (EIA) should be collecting more data on a variety of issues, including: utility interconnection queues, interconnection costs, the state of the solar supply chain and solar manufacturing, and more information on electric grid operations itself. In an informal response to SI2, EIA pushed back on the organization’s claims.
SEIA filed an additional round of testimony in the Colorado Renewable Energy Plan case focused on distributed generation resources. SEIA and the Colorado Storage and Solar Association responded to other parties’ initial testimony, reiterating our positions to increase solar plus storage while supporting a robust commercial onsite program and expanding community solar.
SEIA alongside Vote Solar and Georgia SEIA intervened in a Georgia rate case. The comments argue for expanding rooftop solar programs for Georgians.
SEIA submitted comments in the Virginia interconnection docket, examining ways in which smart inverter functions and energy storage can interact with the broader utility grid to provide cost savings and resilience.
Earlier this year the U.S. Energy Information Administration issued a proposal to update the Electric Power and Renewable Electricity Surveys, forms used to collect information on utility-scale, distributed solar projects, and utility operations. These forms, including form EIA 861, are a critical part of the solar industry’s data collection efforts, and any changes could impact the industry’s ability to effectively catalogue solar installation data.
On Monday, May 4th, SEIA filed responsive comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding implementation issues under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). In our comments, we advanced our argument that competition is a critical component of any FERC policy, and further asserted that FERC should not adopt its proposed “ten-mile rule,” as it will cause undue hardship on existing and new “Qualifying Facilities” and create uncertainty for their financial backers.
SEIA submitted these formal comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Tuesday, December 3rd to address implementation issues under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).