Policy Watch – Page 2

Trump’s Budget Proposals Will Slice EPA Spending By One-Third

Posted by Lauren Tyler on March 16, 2017

Clean energy and environmental advocacy groups are speaking out against the Trump administration’s newly released 2018 budget proposals for discretionary spending – which, among other things, would cut U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spending by one-third. Among the proposals, President [Read More]

Coalition Calls On Congress To Expand U.S. Electrical Infrastructure

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 14, 2017

A coalition of groups representing a broad spectrum of U.S. manufacturing, construction, energy and environmental workers is calling on Congress to streamline the expansion of U.S. electrical infrastructure, as well as include electric transmission provisions in any proposed infrastructure legislation. [Read More]

West Coast Utility Regulators Reaffirm Clean Energy Commitment

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 10, 2017

This week, utility regulators from the West Coast reaffirmed a commitment made in 2006 to support efforts to reduce carbon pollution and expand the development of low-carbon technologies in the energy industry. Chair David Danner of the Washington Utilities and [Read More]

NV Energy Proposes Customer ‘Subscription Solar’ Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 09, 2017

Although the Nevada utility has long been under fire for its questionable support for customer-owned rooftop solar, NV Energy has announced it is seeking regulatory approval for a program that would allow its customers to sign up and purchase some [Read More]

Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo Sets Ambitious Clean Energy Goal

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 06, 2017

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, D-R.I., recently announced a goal to increase the amount of clean energy in Rhode Island tenfold by the end of 2020. According to a press release from the governor’s office, the state had approximately 100 MW [Read More]

Solar Groups Urge Swift Action To ‘Enact The Will Of Florida’s Voters’

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 06, 2017

As the 2017 Florida legislative session begins this week, clean energy advocates and solar businesses are urging state lawmakers to swiftly implement Amendment 4, the solar tax abatement proposal that passed during Florida’s August primary election with 73% support. The [Read More]

Energy Stakeholders React To Perry’s Confirmation As DOE Secretary

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 03, 2017

In a vote of 62-37, the U.S. Senate has confirmed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the 14th secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Perry succeeds Ernest Moniz, who was nominated as DOE secretary in 2013 under the [Read More]

Pennsylvania Kicks Off Statewide Solar Development Planning

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 03, 2017

On Thursday, state and local government leaders, consumer advocates, utility and business leaders, academics, solar industry experts, and others interested in solar energy attended the first stakeholders meeting on Pennsylvania solar energy planning at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) [Read More]

Solar Advocates And APS Reach Major Settlement Agreement In Arizona

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on March 02, 2017

The parties compromised on a number of issues important for the future of the utility’s rooftop solar customers.

New York Beefs Up Program To Help Schools Go Solar

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 02, 2017

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has announced the opportunity for school districts in the state to “go solar” will be expedited after selecting two additional solar power vendors under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s K-Solar initiative, a program that has [Read More]