The Fight For Solar Now
The 50 States of Solar: 42 States and D.C. Took Action on Distributed Solar Policy and Rate Design During Q2 2019
July 24, 2019 (North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center)
“…[A total of 172 distributed solar policy actions were taken in 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with] the greatest number of actions relating to net metering policies, residential fixed charge or minimum bill increases, and community solar policies…[The Q2 2019 50 States of Solar identifies three trends… (1) state undertaking studies to guide net metering successor tariff development, (2) utilities withdrawing proposals to adopt additional fees for solar customers, and (3) states establishing longer transitions to net metering successor tariffs.
State legislatures considered over 150 bills related to net metering, rate design, and solar ownership policies so far in 2019, with 20 bills being enacted so far…[T]he top five policy developments of Q2 2019 were: South Carolina legislators unanimously passing a net metering extension and successor bill; Connecticut lawmakers delaying the state’s net metering successor tariff transition; The Michigan Public Service Commission approving new distributed generation tariffs for DTE Electric and Upper Peninsula Power Company; Idaho Power and PacifiCorp proposing major net metering reforms; and We Energies proposing, and later withdrawing, an additional fee for solar customers…” click here for more