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Oklahoma Authorizes Net Metering Fee

Source: IREC S.B. 1456 was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin on April 21, 2014. This bill authorizes retail electric providers to levy a fixed charge on distributed generation producers. The bill also charges the Corporation Commission with developing

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Gov. Cuomo Announces Comprehensive NY-Sun Initiative to Expand Solar Development in New York

Source: New York Governor’s Press Office Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the NY-Sun Initiative to double the amount of customer-sited solar power installed annually in New York, and quadruple that amount by 2013. The NY-Sun Initiative was first outlined by

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Movement on Net Metering in Mississippi

Source: 25 x ’25 Alliance On April 1st, The Mississippi Public Service Commission ordered an investigative study on the economic impact of net metering. The Commission  has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct an Economic Impact Study/Cost-Benefits Analysis of

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Hawaii investigates illegal photovoltaic systems

 Source: KHON2 With Oahu in a solar power crunch, homeowners are going rogue, turning their panels on without permission from Hawaiian Electric Co. It’s a problem that popped up when HECO adopted stricter rules in September. HECO says photovoltaic systems connected

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Vermont Raises Net Metering Cap To 15%

Source: Solar Industry Magazine Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed self-generation and net-energy metering (NEM) legislation (H.702) into law. The new law raises the 4% cap utilities had been using as the limit on their NEM programs to 15% of peak load. The

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Understanding the Next Phase of Massachusetts’s SREC Program

Source: Greentech Media Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) published an updated draft of the second phase of its Solar Renewable Energy Credit program (SREC-II), the goal of which is to install 1,600 megawatts of solar photovoltaic projects

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Louisiana PSC to study solar industry impact and taxes

The Louisiana Public Service Commission is seeking an expert to study the impact of the solar industry in the state and whether solar providers and customers should be paying more in fees. PSC Chairman Eric Skrmetta called for the study

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Arizona Commission Opens Benefit/Cost docket for DG

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has opened a docket and issued a memo on January 27, requesting comments on the process and methodology for establishing the costs and benefits of distributed generation (DG), including net metering systems. A number of DG costs and benefits were identified in an Arizona Public Service Net Metering Cost Shift Solutions docket that concluded late last year.

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Experts Propose Standard Valuation Method to Determine Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Generation

A new report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) offers lessons learned from 16 regional and utility-specific DSG studies summarized in a recent review by the Rocky Mountain Institute, and then proposes a standardized valuation methodology for public utility commissions to consider implementing in future studies.

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Integrated Distribution Planning: a path to sustaining growth

For years, the cumulative amount of distributed generation (DG) on the grid was akin to a drop of water in a glass.  That is, a tiny drop in a big glass.  But look how far we’ve come in the past

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