North Carolina Regulators Issue Order to Strengthen the State’s Rooftop Solar Market
RALEIGH, N.C. — On Thursday, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) issued final orders in its net metering “Smart $aver” docket. The Commission approved a three-year glide path for solar customers to transition from monthly credits to a more dynamic time-of-use rate structure that incentivizes the use of solar when it is most valuable. The order also directs Duke Energy to open a solar plus storage program within 90 days, approves a $0.36/watt incentive to go solar, and approves another monetary incentive to encourage residential energy storage installations.
Georgia PSC Vote Prioritizes Utility Profits Over Residents and Solar Customers
ATLANTA and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) voted on a final order in the Georgia Power Company (GPC) rate case. The order fails to expand the successful rooftop solar pilot program that the PSC created in 2020. Instead, the PSC adopted GPC’s anti-solar proposals to retain an instantaneous netting structure and impose a much higher and unjustified $100 interconnection fee for new solar customers, while approving a rate increase across the board for all ratepayers.
Solar and Storage Industry Statement on CPUC's Revised Net Metering Proposal
SACRAMENTO and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) revealed its revised proposal to change the state’s net metering rules. Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state and regulatory affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
Solar and Storage Industry Reacts to Revised Net Metering Proposal in California
Today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a revised proposal to change the state’s net metering rules. The proposal replaces retail rate compensation with a net billing structure for new solar and storage customers.
Massachusetts Relaxes Net Metering Caps for Residential Solar in Major Climate Bill
Yesterday Governor Baker signed H5060, An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind, into law. This wide-sweeping climate legislation relaxes the net metering cap for residential solar projects up to 25 kilowatts, establishes incentives for pollinator-friendly community solar and commercial and industrial projects and creates a new council that will proactively work to improve the state’s transmission and distribution grid planning.
Mississippi Adopts New Net Metering Rules, Takes Step Toward Equitable Growth of Residential Solar Market
JACKSON, MS and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to adopt its updated Net Metering and Interconnection Rules. The new rules expand the state’s net metering program by raising the participation cap for rooftop solar and prioritizing solar adoption for low-to-moderate income (LMI) customers, among other steps. Following is a statement by Will Giese, Southeast regional director for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
Florida Legislation Will Gut the Rooftop Solar Market, Energy Freedom in the State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. and WASHINGTON D.C. — Legislation filed yesterday in the Florida Legislature aims to end net metering for rooftop solar customers, effectively shutting down this key sector of the state economy and undermining energy freedom for tens of thousands of Floridians. National and state solar advocates are calling on lawmakers to reject this legislation and allow the state’s rooftop solar market to continue growing: Following is a statement from Will Giese, southeast regional director for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
A Solar Victory in South Carolina
The solar industry won a transformative victory at the South Carolina Statehouse last week when the state Legislature unanimously passed the Energy Freedom Act, a sweeping bill that will help significantly lower electricity costs and create jobs in the Palmetto State. SEIA was instrumental in securing this win through advocacy, external affairs and public education alongside a broad coalition of industry groups. We began with the following goals:
Solar Industry Comments on Mass. Legislature’s Passage of Omnibus Energy Bill
Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commented on the Massachusetts Legislature’s passage of a bill that requires the state’s largest electricity utility to refile its plan to charge extra fees to solar adopters and raises the state’s renewable energy goal.
SEIA Raises Concerns About Connecticut Plan to Kill Net Metering
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following is a statement by Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in response to the energy bill the Connecticut Senate passed this week: