Policy Updates

By Adam Gerza
on 12/22/2017
  • 100% bonus depreciation
  • BEAT
  • tax reform bill
On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a $1.5 trillion tax reform bill, which the New York Times called “the most consequential tax legislation in three decades”. The bill has numerous impacts on solar and renewable energy projects in general. Key provisions: Investment Tax Credit (ITC): there is ... read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 12/1/2017
  • California
  • peak period shift
  • TOU rate changes
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved peak period shifts for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), which officially went into effect on December 1, 2017. The changes include a major shift of the time-of-use (TOU) periods, moving the midday summer “on-peak” window from 11am to 6pm, out to 4pm - 9pm. SDG&E becomes the first investor owned utility (IOU) in California to implement these radical changes, as part of their General Rate Case (GRC) filing. Both Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and Southern California Edison (SCE) are looking to follow suit in their pending GRC filings. read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 9/29/2017
  • NEM 2.0
  • Net metering
  • utah
The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Utah unanimously approved a settlement deal, reached between Rocky Mountain Power and a group of solar industry advocates, which ends the utility’s full retail credit Net Metering (NEM) program. This effectively means that new solar customers will no longer be reimbursed at a full 1:1 credit for extra energy they export back to the grid. The Utah Solar Energy Association, who was a signatory to the settlement deal commented that “this compromise, which comes with challenges, maintains solar as an affordable and secure investment, encourages self-reliance and promotes choice in our energy market.” read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 9/1/2017
  • NEM 2.0
  • Net metering
  • Nevada
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Nevada approved a draft order that will implement new Net Energy Metering (NEM) rules and regulations for NV Energy. Under the new rules, rooftop solar customers who export energy back to the grid will be compensated at 95 percent of the retail electricity rate. The new order calls for export rate compensation levels to gradually decline as tranches of capacity are reached. The order requires that NV Energy charge solar and non-solar customers the same fees. read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 9/1/2017
  • Net metering
  • new hampshire
  • rate design
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission issued a new order, making cuts to the state’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program. The order maintains full retail credit for monthly net excess generation for supply but will no longer give credit for non-bypassable charges (NBC’s) like the system benefits charge. The decision removes the existing NEM caps and offers grandfathering to current customers. read more...