The Commerce Department’s baseless solar tariff investigation is front and center in the news, and political leaders are stepping up to protect their constituents and voice opposition. In letters to President Biden, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are urging the Department of Commerce to unfreeze the solar industry and immediately end the Auxin Solar tariff probe. In a telling sign, these lawmakers represent 190 million Americans, or 57% of the U.S. population.
Governor Youngkin Signs Energy Generation Property Tax Exemption Into Law, Strengthening Energy Freedom in Virginia
RICHMOND, VA — Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed a bill into law today which creates a property tax exemption for residential and mixed-use solar energy systems up to 25 kilowatts in size. This new law expands energy freedom for consumers and creates an additional incentive to do business in the Commonwealth. Following is a statement by Will Giese, southeast regional director for the Solar Energy Industries Association:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers in the Massachusetts Senate introduced sweeping climate legislation this week that contains several critical provisions for solar development in the Commonwealth. Following is a statement by David Gahl, senior director of state affairs, Northeast, for the Solar Energy Industries Association:
Florida Legislation Undercuts Rooftop Solar, Allows Monopoly Utilities to Charge Exorbitant Fees on Thousands of Floridians
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Florida Legislature passed a bill today (HB 741) that will undercut the state’s growing rooftop solar industry by phasing down net metering and allowing utilities to charge excessive fees on over 100,000 solar customers in the state. Under the legislation, utilities will be able to levy unlimited fees on solar customers by 2026, giving them a stronger monopoly hold over Floridians. Following is a statement from Will Giese, southeast regional director for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
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):
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) congratulated New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on his re-election win. Following is a statement by Scott Elias, senior manager of state affairs, mid-Atlantic for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
TRENTON, N.J. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved 165 megawatts of community solar projects. One hundred percent of the approved renewable energy projects will serve low-to-moderate-income (LMI) households. The Community Solar Energy Pilot Program prioritizes equity, and community solar projects are approved based on the total allocation of power to low-to-moderate-income customers.
CHICAGO — Today, Illinois passed major clean energy legislation that commits the state to reaching 40% renewable energy by 2030 and 50% renewables by 2040. The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act puts Illinois at the forefront of the fight against climate change all while creating tens of thousands of jobs, expanding diversity in the renewable energy industry, and providing more than $1 billion in electricity bill savings for consumers.
TRENTON, N.J. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) released its detailed plans to implement a new Successor Solar Incentive Program and close the Transition Incentive Program to new applications within 30 days.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Southern California Edison (SCE) filed its final Wholesale Distribution Access Tariff proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) settlement judge this month. After 18 months of discussion, the new proposal includes a significant reduction to the wires charge for standalone energy storage. Following is a statement from Gizelle Wray, director of regulatory affairs and counsel for the Solar Energy Industries Association: