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Subsidies Spurred Small Solar Growth, Focus Shifts to Home Energy Storage

Hundreds of articles have addressed the controversy over how much residential solar rooftop owners should receive for the excess power they send to the grid to continue advancing solar, with utilities long claiming this burdens the solar have nots. But last week, the Energy Commission highlighted something else that’s helped solar advance in the state: the New Solar Home Partnership

October 19, 2021|

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The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District approves lower payments for distributed solar matched with storage incentives. Will other regulators grappling with high utility solar payments follow suit?

San Diego Gas & Electric will pay almost $60 million to settle a case on the misuse of ratepayer dollars meant to increase the use of efficient […]

September 16, 2021|

Expedited storage permits, Anti-gas suit dropped, SMUD pursues novel net metering reform

The California Energy Commission accelerates the permitting of large storage projects to get more power online by next fall. The action follows the controversial expedited certification process for natural gas and diesel projects to beef up resources as the sun sets, as directed by Gov. Newsom last month. The Commission also funds what is […]

September 9, 2021|

SMUD on the Verge of Net Metering Breakthrough

The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District is expected to approve Sept. 16 a novel solution for crediting customer-owned solar, which solar advocates support. Meanwhile, much of the rest of California continues to fight over net energy metering.

The SMUD board is considering a multi-faceted rate design that reduces the retail compensation to solar owners but adds […]

September 7, 2021|
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