Category: utilities

Strange bedfellows: How solar and utilities struck a net metering compromise in New York

 

Cuomo & Solar CityAcross 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.

New York State Takes Giant Step Towards Clean Energy

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New York State has taken another giant step toward creating a modern, 21st Century electric system with additional orders from the NYS Public Service Commission.

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) aims to provide the means for all NYS electric users to become more active and engaged CONsumers of cleaner – and less expensive – energy; and to provide the ability for everyone to become PROsumers, generating clean energy and selling it back into an interactive electric grid.

Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman says it best: “New York is taking a new direction today by creating the most-advanced and forward-thinking business model for electric utility rates anywhere in the country…By aligning utility profits with market-enabling activities, residential and business customers can lower their energy bills through advances in digital technology and power-saving systems built for private homes and apartments, as well as entire neighborhoods.”

The new REV order provide utilities with the means to recover their infrastructure costs, while incentivizing them to increase customer engagement, improve energy efficiency and system utilization, and make it easier to interconnect distributed solar & other clean energy generation.

Greentech Media produced a good summary of all the key points for further information.

Nissan Introduces a Possible Energy Future

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This is a video from Nissan which looks at the future of electricity as one continuous grid everywhere.  Kind of like community solar model gone wild.  It is a fascinating glimpse of what could be.   OK,  lots of people will be cynical watching the video,   but it is the dreamers who initiate changes in civilizations. Watch video here!

Canada Moving Quickly Towards Renewable Energy Goals

 

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While we here in the USA continue to fight for and against renewable energy in our communities, town boards, courts,  legislatures, corporations, schools….  our quiet neighbors up north have been developing a renewable energy plan that will perhaps exceed it’s international standards.  Read Here!

South Korean Grid Will Soon Have Biggest Energy Storage System

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South Korean Grid Will Soon Have Biggest Energy Storage System! They have made use of t


1) the need to develop safe mass storage systems and

2) possibly to take more of a risk on more unconventional systems.

Questioning Value of Large Utility Renewable Systems

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Major US Senate Solar Bill on Floor Today!

Major US Senate Solar Bill On Floor Today!