The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the US released two reports that suggest financing and other non-hardware related costs — so-called “soft costs” — now make up nearly 64 percent of the total price for a resident solar energy system.
via Renewable Energy Magazine: nrel-find-soft-costs-now-largest-aspect-20131203
Landmark regulatory memo rejects the APS net metering proposal.
Staff experts for Arizona’s utility regulators have come out against a proposal by Arizona Public Service, the state’s biggest electricity provider, to alter solar’s net metering incentive. Read more on greentechsolar: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Crucial-Win-For-Rooftop-Solar-Over-Arizonas-Dominant-Utility
Details regarding the 2013 RE Procurement Plan case filed 12/13/12.
Revisions to PNM’s Solar REC Incentive Program based on the final order in Case 12-001310UT: AdviceNotice-458-459
Posted in Action!
Tagged REPP Case
Filed on 12/10/12. See the PRC portion of the site under NMAC 17.9.572 Rule Case.
Hearing Examiner Medeiros recommends PRC adopt proposed PNM Customer Solar Power Program in 2013 plan case. See: 2013 REPP Recommended Decision Full document on the PRC section of the website under 2013 plan case.
Posted in Action!
Tagged REPP Case
PRC Open Meeting 12/4/12 – Agenda
Case presentation slated for the commission as second agenda item.
El Paso Electric Company (EPE, El Paso, Texas, U.S.) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Element Power (London, U.K.) for the output of the company’s 50 MW-AC Macho Springs Solar Project in the U.S. state of New Mexico.
The PPA is subject to approval by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Element Power plans to begin construction of the plant in 2013 and complete it in 2014.
Via Solarserver: El Paso Electric Company signs PPA for 50 MW-AC Macho Springs PV project in New Mexico
When: Monday, December 3, 2012, 10:00am-3:00pm MT w/ special guest lunch speaker, Ron Lehr, former Colorado PUC Commissioner (lunch included)
Where: Keystone Center
Main Conference Room
1628 Saint John Road
Keystone, CO 80435
Cost: $100 per person donation to Vote Solar
Lodging: The Keystone Lodge and Spa @ $145 a night: http://www.keystoneresort.com/plan-a-vacation/lodging/lodging-details.aspx?code=keystone-lodge-hotel.
To reserve call the Keystone Resort Reservations Department at (800) 258-0437 and reference group code CC9CEN to reserve the Keystone Center rate.
Why host a seminar on rate design for the solar industry?
Distributed generation (DG) solar energy systems and energy efficiency applications are becoming more accessible and affordable, making widespread adoption of these technologies a near-term reality. As state cash incentives phase out and higher penetration levels are achieved, utility rate design becomes increasingly critical for continued customer adoption.
There are numerous factors related to retail electricity rates that can either contribute to increased adoption of these technologies, or stymie growth. The structure of retail electric rates and allocation of utility costs are constantly evolving, and vary across the country. The solar industry increasingly needs to pay attention and engage in this arena, and it’s time for more people in the industry to get smart on rate design.
Why should you attend this seminar?
This seminar will introduce participants to standard rate making practices, and ensure that participants understand the utility “language” of ratemaking, and its underpinning concepts. Participants will leave the seminar understanding how ratemaking influences the customer economics of solar, and how utilities view solar in a cost recovery context. We will also discuss current trends in ratemaking that affect solar, such as standby and network use charges for net metered customers, or ‘buy-all, sell-all” solar tariffs.
Solar industry representatives will leave this seminar with an understanding of:
- the basic underpinnings of electricity rate design practices in the U.S.
- the language/terms commonly used in ratemaking proceedings
- recent proposed changes to rate design that will affect the solar industry and your customers
- how to get involved with a national effort to promote fair rate design practices that grow the use of DG solar