Policy Watch

Another Step Forward: Nevada Task Force OKs Grandfathering Proposal For Solar NEM

Joseph Bebon on May 27, 2016

On Thursday, Nevada’s New Energy Industry Task Force passed a motion recommending to grandfather in existing rooftop solar customers under previous net energy metering (NEM) rules for 20 years. The vote comes shortly after a technical committee approved a similar [Read More]

Study: Rooftop Solar Benefits All Nevada Utility Customers

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 24, 2016

As the debate over net energy metering (NEM) and solar continues in Nevada, a new report released by SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says rooftop solar provides a net benefit to all Nevada utility customers. According to [Read More]

What The U.S. Grid Would Look Like With And Without The Clean Power Plan

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 23, 2016

A new report provides a glimpse into what benefits the U.S. might miss out on if the Obama administration’s climate change initiative is overturned.

Solar Surge Adds To Utah’s Energy Landscape

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 23, 2016

A new report from the Utah Geological Survey (UGS) highlights the increasingly significant role solar power is playing in the state’s diverse energy portfolio. Now in its fourth edition, the “Utah’s Energy Landscape” study finds that 166 MW of new [Read More]

To Expand Clean Energy, New York Reforms Utility Regulations

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 20, 2016

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved structural reforms to the regulations governing electric utilities – in turn, providing more choices and cost-saving opportunities for New Yorkers by expanding clean energy, says the PSC. The PSC has [Read More]

A New Sign Of Hope For Nevada’s Existing Solar Customers?

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 19, 2016

On Wednesday, the Technical Advisory Committee on Distributed Generation, part of Nevada’s New Energy Industry Task Force, approved a motion recommending that existing rooftop solar customers in the state be able to again receive more generous rates under previous net [Read More]

DOE Releases Progress Reports On SunShot Initiative

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy has released the “On the Path to SunShot” reports, a series of eight research papers examining the state of the U.S. solar energy industry and the progress made to date toward the SunShot Initiative’s goal [Read More]

Voter Support For Clean Energy Policies Up Since Last Presidential Election

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 18, 2016

A new survey by Lazard Ltd., a financial advisory and asset management firm, has found bipartisan support for clean energy policies has increased among U.S. voters. The Lazard Alternative Energy Poll was previously conducted in 2012, the prior presidential election [Read More]

U.S. Senators Put Spotlight On Solar Industry’s Growth

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 17, 2016

On Monday, U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., both members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced a resolution highlighting that the U.S. has reached 1 million solar installations nationwide. The resolution also calls [Read More]

Attorney: San Francisco’s Solar Mandate Could Be A Bellwether

SI Staff
SI Staff on May 16, 2016

San Francisco’s recent decision to require solar panels on new buildings starting in 2017 could be a bellwether and is more evidence of the growing role of rooftop solar in commercial real estate, says Roy Palk, senior energy advisor for [Read More]