NewEnergyNews: TODAY’S STUDY: The Fights For Solar Right Now

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    Monday, August 07, 2017

    TODAY’S STUDY: The Fights For Solar Right Now

    50 States of Solar; Q2 2017 Quarterly Report

    Autumn Proudlove, Brian Lips, David Sarkisian, Achyut Shrestha, July 19, 2017 (North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center)

    Executive Summary

    Purpose

    The purpose of this report is to provide state lawmakers and regulators, electric utilities, the solar industry, and other energy stakeholders with timely, accurate, and unbiased updates on how states are choosing to study, adopt, implement, amend, or discontinue policies associated with distributed solar photovoltaics (PV). This report catalogues proposed and enacted legislative, regulatory, and rate design changes affecting the value proposition of distributed solar PV during the most recent quarter, with an emphasis on the residential sector.

    The 50 States of Solar provides regular quarterly updates of solar policy developments, keeping stakeholders informed and up to date on a timely basis.

    Approach

    The authors identified relevant policy changes through state utility commission docket searches, legislative bill searches, popular press, and direct communication with stakeholders and regulators in the industry.

    Questions Addressed

    This report addresses several questions about the changing U.S. solar policy landscape:

    • How are (1) state regulatory bodies and legislatures and (2) electric utilities addressing fast growing markets for distributed solar PV?

    • What changes to traditional rate design features and net metering policies are being proposed, approved, and implemented?

    • Where are distributed solar markets potentially affected by policy or regulatory decisions on community solar, third-party solar ownership, and utility-led residential rooftop solar programs?

    Actions Included

    This report focuses on cataloguing and describing important proposed and adopted policy changes affecting solar customer-generators of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and large publicly-owned or nonprofit utilities (i.e., those serving at least 100,000 customers).

    Specifically, actions tracked in this issue include:

    • Significant changes to state or utility net metering laws and rules, including aggregate caps, system size limits, aggregate net metering rules, and compensation rates for net excess generation

    • Changes to statewide community solar laws and rules, and individual utility-sponsored community solar programs arising from statewide legislation

    • Legislative or regulatory-led efforts to study the value of solar, net metering, or distributed solar generation policy, e.g., through a regulatory docket or a cost-benefit analysis

    • Utility-initiated rate requests for charges applicable only to residential customers with solar PV or other types of distributed generation, such as added monthly fixed charges, demand charges, stand-by charges, or interconnection fees

    • Utility-initiated rate requests that propose a 10% or larger increase in either fixed charges or minimum bills for all residential customers

    • Changes to the legality of third-party solar ownership, including solar leasing and solar third-party solar power purchase agreements (PPAs), and proposed utility-led rooftop solar programs

    In general, this report considers an “action” to be a relevant (1) legislative bill that has been passed by at least one chamber or (2) a regulatory docket, utility rate case, or rulemaking proceeding. Introduced legislation related to third-party sales is included irrespective of whether it has passed at least one chamber, as only a small number of bills related to this policy have been introduced. Introduced legislation pertaining to a regulatory proceeding covered in this report is also included irrespective of whether it has passed at least one chamber.

    Actions Excluded

    In addition to excluding most legislation that has been introduced but not advanced, this report excludes a review of state actions pertaining to solar incentives, as well as more general utility cost recovery and rate design changes, such as decoupling or time-of-use tariffs. General changes in state implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 and subsequent amendments, including changes to the terms of standard contracts for Qualifying Facilities or avoided cost rate calculations, are also excluded unless specifically related to the policies described above. The report also does not cover changes to a number of other policies that affect distributed solar, including solar access laws, interconnection rules, and renewable portfolio standards. Details and updates on these and other policies and incentives are available at www.dsireusa.org

    Q2 2017 Solar Policy Action

    In the second quarter of 2017, 39 states plus DC took a total of 140 actions related to distributed solar policy and rate design (Figure 1). Table 1 provides a summary of state actions related to net metering, rate design, and solar ownership during Q2 2017. Of the 140 actions catalogued, the most common were related to residential fixed charge and minimum bill increases (42), followed by net metering (39), and solar valuation or net metering studies (21).

    Top Five Solar Policy Developments Of Q2 2017

    Five of the quarter’s top policy developments are highlighted below.

    Nevada Changes Course, Nearly Restoring Net Metering

    In June 2017, Governor Sandoval signed A.B. 405 into law, increasing the credit rate for excess generation from avoided cost to 95% of the retail rate. This rate will step down over time to a floor of 75% of the retail rate as certain installed capacity thresholds are reached.

    New Hampshire PUC Issues Net Metering Successor Tariff Decision

    In June 2017, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission issued a decision in the state’s net metering successor tariff proceeding. The Commission adopted a successor tariff that largely retains net metering, with certain non-bypassable charges applied to grid imports, as well as a reduced net excess generation credit rate. The Commission also ordered a value of distributed energy resources study and four pilot programs to be conducted to inform future decisions to the state’s policy.

    Montana Legislature Directs Utilities to Review Net Metering Costs and Benefits

    The Governor signed S.B. 219 into law in May 2017, directing the state’s public utilities to conduct studies of the costs and benefits of net metering by April 2018. After these studies are submitted, the Public Service Commission may make a determination within each utility’s rate case whether customer-generators should be served under a separate class of service.

    North Carolina Bill Enabling Solar Leasing and Initiating a Net Metering Review Moves Forward

    The North Carolina legislature passed H.B. 589 in June 2017, which makes many changes to the state’s current solar policies. The bill would authorize solar leasing in certain utility territories (Duke Energy and participating municipal utilities) and allow these utilities to lease solar systems to customers as well. Additionally, the bill directs the state’s public utilities to file revised net metering rates after an investigation of the costs and benefits of net metering is conducted.

    Maine Governor Vetoes Second Net Metering Reform Legislation

    In June 2017, the Maine legislature passed legislation that would restore retail rate net metering in the state and direct the Public Utilities Commission to conduct a net metering costbenefit study. The Commission would also be responsible for developing recommendations for transitioning from net metering to time-varying rates, market-based rates, or other rate designs. The Governor vetoed the bill in early July.

    The Big Picture: Insights From Q2 2017

    Revisiting Net Metering Successor Decisions

    A common thread standing out in Q2 2017 was that of states reconsidering prior net metering successor decisions. State legislatures in both Nevada and Maine passed bills significantly altering net metering successor policies adopted by the states’ public utilities commissions. In New Hampshire, the Commission adopted a net metering successor tariff with the intent of revisiting these rules after completion of a DG valuation study and multiple pilot programs. Hawaii is also considering adjustments to its successor tariffs, and California is set to consider further changes in 2019.

    Renewed Interest in Value of Distributed Generation Studies

    Over the past several quarters, state action on DG valuation studies has waned slightly, with more states proposing specific changes to DG compensation policies rather than conducting studies. However, renewed attention to these studies emerged in Q2 2017, including in states where such studies have been previously completed. Maine, Montana, Nevada, and New Hampshire all took legislative or regulatory action toward conducting DG valuation or net metering cost-benefit studies in Q2 2017, while stakeholders in Arkansas and Utah recommended completion of studies prior to adopting significant changes within ongoing net metering dockets. This trend toward greater interest in valuation studies is coupled with increasing use of pilot programs to gain data to inform policy decisions.

    Movement Toward Broad Investigations

    Several states are undertaking broad investigations related to distributed energy resources, grid modernization, and regulatory reform, rather than considering individual solar policy changes in isolation. Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, and New York are currently engaged in such proceedings with varying degrees of depth and scope. Similarly, some state legislatures, such as those in Michigan, Nevada, and North Carolina, have recently chosen to address several energy or solar policy topics together, whether through comprehensive legislative packages or a series of bills.

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