BOSTON and Washington, D.C. — Today the Massachusetts Legislature passed, “An Act Creating A Roadmap for the Next Generation of Climate Policy,” which contains numerous policy proposals related to clean energy, including measures that clarify tax treatment for solar projects. This development comes after the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) negotiated a compromise with state tax assessors. Following is a statement from David Gahl, senior director of state affairs at SEIA on the new climate bill:
Lansing, MI — The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its Order in the Consumers Energy rate case on Thursday. While Consumers has agreed to double the cap on its Distributed Generation (DG) program from 1% to 2%, the order creates an uncertain future for solar energy in Michigan by falling short of the recommendations in Administrative Law Judge Sally Wallace’s October Proposal for Decision.
COLUMBIA, S.C. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Dominion filed a rate case that ignores the intent of the 2019 Energy Freedom Act in South Carolina. Dominion’s filing would add grid access charges, a monthly subscription cost for solar customers, and a low export rate for net metering customers which unnecessarily inflates solar costs and devalues these investments.
Illinois Clean Energy Boom Goes Bust as State Program Runs Out of Funding, Forcing Layoffs at Solar and Wind Businesses
CHICAGO and WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Illinois Power Agency (IPA) announced yesterday the close of all state renewable energy incentives, effectively ending Illinois’ renewable energy program. The end of incentives will force thousands of layoffs at renewable energy businesses across the state as Illinois’ solar market dries up.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today a group of utilities and energy companies operating in the Southeast advanced a filing that would create the Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM). The filing is currently with North and South Carolina utility commissions and will soon be sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
CHICAGO and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over the past few months the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) worked alongside a coalition of solar and environmental groups to argue against Ameren’s attempt to end net metering in Southern and Central Illinois. Yesterday the Illinois Commerce Commission sided with the solar industry and effectively saved net metering for thousands of current and future solar customers in Illinois.
TRENTON, N.J. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the New Jersey State Senate passed the Clean Energy Equity Act. Following is a statement from David Gahl, senior director of Northeast state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association on the bill.
The 2020 election will have tremendous consequences for the future of energy and climate policy in the United States. To meet this moment and provide guidance for the incoming Biden administration and new members of Congress, SEIA has prepared a 100-day legislative and executive agenda.