The Kansas Corporation Commission is considering allowing electric utilities in the state to impose a demand fee on customers with distributed generation — a fee that one solar advocate termed “very punitive.”
A new report released this week asserts that utility-scale solar is much more economical than small-scale solar. But there are several reasons to seriously question the mistaken assertion that big solar is better.
The value of solar rate is higher than the retail rate Minnesota utilities currently pay for solar power. But utilities have good reasons to go with the higher rate.
Minnesota utility regulators on Wednesday approved the nation’s first statewide formula for calculating the value of customer-generated solar power.
The value of rooftop solar energy systems goes on trial in Minnesota today in a case drawing attention across the country.
Observers say Minnesota’s process is becoming one of the most transparent, thorough, and thoughtful discussions yet on the topic.
Karl Rábago led a team that came up with the very first value-of-solar tariff, which aims to pay utility customers a rate for solar power that reflects its actual value to the grid and society.
Are solar customers freeloaders? Or providing an undervalued benefit to the grid? Minnesota’s new solar law may settle that question once and for all.
Minnesota’s new law requires investor-owned utilities to get 1.5 percent of their energy from solar power by 2020. But the law contains other provisions that will help boost the state’s adoption of solar energy.