A recent study by The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, took a closer look at the subsidies created by net metering and other tax credits for a leased home solar system. In California, more than $20,000 worth of subsidies go toward a typical 4 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic system. Add in other federal tax credits, and solar systems are subsidized to the tune of more than $24,000-- much more than the cost of the actual installation.
Joining the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation and Iberdrola USA subsidiaries New York State Electric & Gas Corporation and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation have challenged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) decision to assess "unnecessarily high prices in the new capacity zone in the lower Hudson Valley," providing oral arguments in the Second Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.
"When the EPA issued its final rules to manage regional haze, we told the agency that the cost of adding SCRs along with the other technologies required to meet the mercury rules placed the unit at risk of being uneconomic to operate," said David Hansen, APS vice president of fossil generation.
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit came to a unanimous decision that a New Jersey law promoting construction of new power plants by subsidizing development of new generation in the state is invalid because it oversteps the state's regulatory authority. The decision upholds a New Jersey District Court decision in a lawsuit filed by PPL EnergyPlus and other competitive electricity suppliers after the legislation was enacted in 2011.
Nevada was recently chosen as the location for the new Tesla electric vehicle (EV) battery factory, but a new report claims that if several proposed state policies concerning EVs don't pass, sales of EVs in the state-- and the economic and environmental benefits that come with them-- will suffer.
States throughout the country are implementing innovative renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs that could be adopted nationwide to improve economies and reduce emissions cost effectively, as well as prove valuable as states develop plans to meet pending power plant emissions reductions regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new joint report.
Examining the regulatory variation across states determines where in the country the regulatory environment is optimal. The research found that there is little relationship between whether a state has substantial energy resources like oil, gas, and coal, and whether its regulations are economically efficient.
A settlement proposed earlier this year by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), the Coalition of California Utility Employees, Friends of the Earth, Office of Ratepayer Advocates, and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) regarding the failed steam generator tubes at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has been ruled against by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The CPUC has identified changes that must be made before the settlement can be considered further.
The energy-efficiency community will continue to play a crucial role in delivering massive, cost-effective utility system resources that produce greenhouse gas emission reductions as a no-cost dividend. With the help of energy-efficiency resources, states can meet the EPA target while reducing their utility bills compared with business as usual.
A new report finds that California's net energy metering (NEM) policy allows distributed generation (DG) customers to avoid paying some or all of the fixed costs of the electric grid even though DG customers use grid services around the clock, resulting in a cost shift from DG customers to non-DG customers.