Policy Watch – Page 7

Minnesota Agency Launches Latest Round Of Solar Incentives

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 30, 2016

The Minnesota Commerce Department has announced applications for the fourth year of the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program will be accepted beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, and ending at 4:30 p.m. CST on Feb. 28, 2017. Administered by the [Read More]

Ohio Gov. Vetoes Bill To Extend Freeze On Clean Energy Standards

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 28, 2016

“Ohioans should cheer – it may be winter, but the clean energy freeze has finally thawed,” says Dick Munson, director of Midwest Clean Energy.

PUC Restores Retail NEM For Rooftop Solar In Northern Nevada

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 23, 2016

On Thursday, exactly one year since the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) ruled to eliminate retail net energy metering (NEM) in the state, the commission voted unanimously to restore retail NEM in Sierra Pacific Power Co.’s service territory. The [Read More]

Agency Reminds New Yorkers Solar Tax Credits Are Up For Grabs

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 23, 2016

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has issued a reminder to New Yorkers that state tax credits are available for solar customers. According to the agency, New Yorkers have already claimed more than $38 million with the [Read More]

Arizona Regulators Vote To End Net Metering

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 22, 2016

“This decision casts serious doubts on the long-term viability of rooftop solar in Arizona,” warns an Earthjustice attorney.

Duke Energy Touts High Demand For S.C. Solar Rebates

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 22, 2016

Duke Energy says it will have paid nearly $12 million in solar rebates to South Carolina customers by the end of 2016. Act 236, an omnibus solar bill passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, opened the door [Read More]

Maine Regulators Postpone Solar NEM Decision

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 21, 2016

The drama over solar policy continues in Maine. Although the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) planned to issue a ruling by the end of 2016, the agency says it is delaying its decision on proposed net energy metering (NEM) changes [Read More]

EU Commission Proposes Two More Years Of Chinese Solar Trade Measures

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 21, 2016

The European Commission has proposed extending European Union trade measures against Chinese solar equipment imports for another two years. On Dec. 20, the commission published the findings of an expiry review initiated in December 2015. During the review, the commission [Read More]

Michigan Energy Package Ups Renewables Goal, Preserves NEM

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 19, 2016

Following eleventh-hour negotiations on Thursday, Michigan legislators approved a comprehensive energy reform package, which, among other actions, will expand the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and preserve retail net energy metering (NEM). Gov. Rick Snyder, who helped broker the deal, [Read More]

Pacific Gas And Electric Officially Enters Solar NEM 2.0

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 16, 2016

Shortly after Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) indicated it would do so by month’s end, the California investor-owned utility (IOU) has reached its 2,409 MW cap for offering the original net energy metering (NEM) tariff to customers. Starting today, PG&E [Read More]