NewEnergyNews: The Solar Policy Fight In 2021

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    Wednesday, February 02, 2022

    The Solar Policy Fight In 2021

    The 50 States of Solar Q4 2021 Quarterly Report and Annual Review; States Eye Grid Access Fees, Time-Varying Rates, and Storage in Net Metering Successor Tariff Design During 2021

    January 26, 2022 (North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center [NCCETC])

    “…[NCCETC’s 2021 annual review and Q4 update edition of The 50 States of Solar found] 46 states and the District of Columbia took some type of distributed solar policy action during 2021…[The greatest number of actions related] to net metering policies, community solar policies, and residential fixed charge increases…[The ten top distributed solar policy trends of 2021 were] States showing support for time-varying distributed generation (DG) compensation structures…

    …Utility proposals for grid access fees on the rise; Promoting low-income solar participation with carve-outs and incentives; Establishing distinct DG program designs for residential and non-residential customers; Reconsideration of additional fees for customer-generators; Increasing DG program system size limits and aggregate caps; Designing net metering successor tariffs with battery storage in mind; Considering new incentive programs as part of net metering decisions…

    …Utilizing competitive procurement for community solar projects; and Continuing interest in DG compensation based on the value of solar…A total of 286 state and utility level distributed solar policy and rate changes were proposed, pending, or decided in 2021…[Key states taking action included South Carolina, Connecticut, Kentucky, California, Illinois, Maine, New York, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Michigan]…” click here for more

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