Policy Watch

Calif. Lawmaker Seeks 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

A bill that seeks to accelerate the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by five years, as well as establish an ultimate target of 100% renewables, has been proposed in California. S.B.584 was introduced on Feb. 17 by State Sen. Kevin [Read More]

Renewable Energy Mandate Proves Effective In Michigan

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 20, 2017

State renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which require regulated utilities to procure a certain amount of clean energy, have been a major driver of renewables development across the U.S. Highlighting that success, a new report from the Michigan Public Service Commission [Read More]

Maryland Pushes Ahead With Community Solar Program

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on February 17, 2017

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved final rules to implement the state’s three-year community solar pilot program. The PSC order sets the total program capacity target at close to 200 MW, directs state utilities to file their community [Read More]

El Paso Electric Targets Rooftop Solar Customers Again

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on February 16, 2017

Despite reaching a settlement agreement last year, the Texas-based utility is revamping efforts to change how it charges solar customers.

SEIA Crowns More U.S. Solar Champions

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 16, 2017

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has presented both U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and U.S. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., with the SEIA Solar Champion Award, an honor the organization bestows upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar [Read More]

Two More U.S. Cities Commit To 100% Renewable Energy

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 15, 2017

This week, Pueblo, Colo., and Moab, Utah, became the 22nd and 23rd cities in the U.S. to commit to a transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. On Monday, the Pueblo City Council approved a measure to power [Read More]

Governors Urge Trump To Support Wind And Solar

Written by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a renewable energy advocacy group headed by bipartisan Govs. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is pleading with President Donald Trump and his administration to support and further grow the U.S.’ renewables [Read More]

Minn. Reps Vote To End Solar Incentive Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 10, 2017

In a 76-49 vote on Thursday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed H.F.235, a bill that would eliminate the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program. Launched in 2013, the 10-year incentive program helps residents, businesses and communities fund new solar PV [Read More]

Arizona Utility Adds New Solar Fees Amid Policy Shift

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 09, 2017

Changes in Arizona’s solar policies are moving forward. Investor-owned utility (IOU) Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has announced that the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) approved TEP’s proposed rate plan, which includes, among other things, new fees for rooftop solar customers. According [Read More]

SEIA Creates Committee To Expand Midwest Solar Market

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 09, 2017

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced the formation of the Midwest State Committee in an effort to expand the national trade group’s education and advocacy efforts in the region. According to SEIA, the committee will work with SEIA [Read More]