Policy Watch – Page 4

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]

U.S. Congressman Proposes Bill To Abolish The EPA

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 07, 2017

A newly elected congressman has proposed H.R.861, a bill that would completely eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., proposed the bill on Feb. 3. The text of the legislation has not been published on [Read More]

SEIA Offers Universal Disclosure Form For Home Solar Buys

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 03, 2017

As a central component of its consumer protection initiative, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released a free tool aimed at helping U.S. consumers better understand solar transactions: the SEIA Solar Purchase Disclosure. According to SEIA, the form will [Read More]

Maine PUC Issues Rule To Phase Out Solar NEM Rates

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on February 02, 2017

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has made a ruling to gradually phase out retail-rate net energy metering (NEM) in the state, and although it appears the commission tried to find a balanced approach to appease NEM supporters and opponents, [Read More]

Veto Override: Md. Lawmakers Enact Clean Energy Jobs Act

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 02, 2017

On Thursday, the Maryland Senate voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, legislation to increase the state’s renewable energy goals. Following a similar 88-51 House of Delegates vote just a few days ago, the [Read More]

The Top 10 Solar Battleground States Of 2016

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 01, 2017

The vast majority of U.S. states took some form of policy action on distributed solar last year, according to a detailed report from the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center.

Solar Groups Praise Massachusetts’ Continued Support Of Incentives

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 01, 2017

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced plans to extend the state’s Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC 2) program further into 2017, along with a new proposal for a long-term replacement of the program. In a joint press [Read More]

Md. House Overrides Governor’s Veto Of Renewable Energy Bill

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 31, 2017

The Maryland House of Delegates has approved an override of Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, legislation that would boost the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 20% by 2022 to 25% by 2020. In total, [Read More]