California's Failure to Pass Clean Energy Legislation Is Disappointing, but Hopes Are Still High for Next Year
As California’s legislative session came to a close, three bills which would have accelerated the state’s renewable energy development and created the necessary prerequisites for an integrated grid in the West stalled. Opponents to the bills had offered “poison pill” amendments that would have undermined savings for electricity customers and limited the growth of solar and other distributed energy resources.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): “Nevadans have said loud and clear they want the choice to install solar on their own homes and see solar jobs grow again in Nevada. That was the intent of AB 405, and we are pleased the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada recognized that in its ruling today. Solar businesses in the state now have the certainty they need to get back to work, which means the jobs and economic benefits will follow in short order." ###
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - Today, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to adopt San Diego’s General Rate Case after revising the decision earlier this month. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) both criticized the decision as unsupported by the facts in the case, inconsistent with the state’s policies, and detrimental to solar customers.
On August 21st, California will have a once-in-50-years solar eclipse that will block most of the sunlight across the state. On this day, we're calling on Californians to “give the sun a break” by choosing to save energy rather than using gas plants. We are asking you to take a simple step to save energy during the eclipse by making a pledge on www.caleclipse.org.
Clean Energy Advocates Welcome Improvements to Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program Regulations
BOSTON, Mass. - The following is a joint statement from the listed solar organizations:
Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed NC House Bill 589: Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina into law. Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association
Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in comments and oral testimony urged the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to make several changes to its proposed new solar incentive program to ensure the Commonwealth protects solar jobs. The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program proposed by DOER would replace one of the state’s central solar policies, and is expected to be implemented next year.
Today, the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) approved community solar rules that will bring the state one step closer to enabling all Oregonians to directly participate in, and benefit from, local solar projects without having to place solar panels on one’s roof.
Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the industry’s national association, commended Florida Governor Rick Scott after he signed Senate Bill 90 into law.
National Solar Group Applauds Gov. Sandoval for Signing Bill to Help Nevada Grow Solar Jobs, Boost Its Clean Energy Leadership
Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), representing the industry nationally, applauded Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for signing into law a bill that effectively returns the state to the pro-growth solar policy it had before a 2015 regulatory decision all but froze the residential solar market.