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Sun Sep 27, 2015, 11:45 AM

An update on state-level clean energy news from around the country

Greentech Media publishes a number of digital newsletters and they've just started a sort of round-up feature. It's worth a visit if you follow the world of energy. Right now the hot topic is the various ways entrenched energy industries are finding to obstruct the growth of solar. I've included a link to a separate article where VP Biden addresses that concern.


Biden Calls Out Special-Interest Groups for Stifling Solar Market Growth

Anyone standing in the way of solar market growth will be left standing on the wrong side of history, said Vice President Joe Biden in an impassioned speech on Wednesday at Solar Power International.

“We want to give every American a choice, an energy choice on what they want to use, no matter who they are or where they live,” said Biden. “This isn’t a government mandate; it’s the market working.”

As demand for solar has increased, “Some of the most deep-pocketed special interests that have lobbied for years for fossil fuels have announced, ‘Let’s stop it, let's take away consumer choice, let’s stifle the market,’” Biden said later. “Isn’t it amazing?”

Since President Obama took office, the number of homes with rooftop solar has grown from around 66,000 to 734,000. In the second quarter of 2015, the U.S. solar industry surpassed 20 gigawatts of total operational PV capacity, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. And as deployments have increased, the number of solar jobs has grown while costs have dropped, falling by 50 percent since 2010.

“This is not because of us, but I hope we helped,” said Biden...


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Sun Sep 27, 2015, 01:58 PM

1. Resistance from the heart of coal country

... Appalachian Power is asking the State Corporation Commission to approve a different program — the Experimental Rider R.G.P. — that offers far less to customers than the existing Dominion plan.

Under the Experimental Rider R.G.P., an Appalachian Power customer such as a college or university would be able to contract with a solar developer to install, own and operate solar panels — but the customer would not be allowed to use the solar electricity generated on its own property!

Instead, the customer would have to continue buying mostly coal-powered electricity from Appalachian Power, while the solar electricity would be sold on the grid.

Appalachian Power would credit the customer for the value of the solar electricity according to a complicated and highly unfriendly formula.

Instead of saving money on electricity bills by going solar, the customer would pay substantially more...

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