This past week New York’s PSA (Public Service Commission) passed the Governor’s mandate for New York to go to 50% renewables by 2030. Massachusetts approved offshore wind for 1,600 MW of power. Last year Vermont approved a Clean Energy Standard of 75 percent by 2032. One of the more controversial sections of New York’s approval is the inclusion of nuclear power. New York, unlike other major state players continues to subsidize nuclear power. This could be challenged legally in the near future. Read more about this in Renewable Energy World.
In a recent poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy it was discovered a growing number of New Yorker’s are in support of NYS REV (Reforming the Energy Vision). A total of 89% of New Yorker’s questioned were in support of the plan, only 8% were against and 3% didn’t know or didn’t answer. That is statistically significant in every text book out there. It is a clear majority of support. With the support of the voters New York State can feel confident in it’s landmark decisions made in the interest of the people and the environment. I encourage everyone to read this poll, it is full of interesting bits of voter opinion stats. Well done, Nature Conservancy!
Across the country, solar customers & installers and battling with utilities over solar net metering – which “turns the meter backwards” at the same retail rate that customers pay their utility.
Solar advocates argue that net metering provides more benefits – to the grid and all customers – than the net metered retail price.
Utilities argue that solar net metering customers “zero out” their bill and don’t contribute to maintaining the aging grid, so the utilities lose money (or other customers have to pay more to make up the lost revenue).
Now, a number of New York State utilities have come together with several of the largest solar companies to reach a compromise.
The bottom line: we all depend on the grid. Those with solar need the grid at night, on cloudy days, or whenever their usage exceeds their solar generation. We need to keep the utilities healthy to maintain and evolve the interconnected grid that is the center of civilization. New York’s proposal provides an interesting path toward ending the war – providing a profit incentive so that utilities can make money on solar, while customers and the solar industry have a clear glide path forward. Read the Utility Dive article on the issue.
REV has been one of New York’s boldest initiatives in many years, 2016 is going to be a very important year for REV in many ways. This article is a thorough discussion of the matter.
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