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Solar backers pan California’s net metering plan, hint at a possible federal challenge

Renewable Energy World

Solar energy advocates reacted strongly to proposed changes to California’s net metering program. Residential solar developer Sunrun in its initial response appeared to frame a potential federal-level challenge to the proposal, which was issued December 13 and is scheduled for a January 27 vote.

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Should California Link Electricity Bills to Customer Incomes?

GreenTechMedia

California already has some of the highest electricity rates in the country. Those costs could rise even faster over the next decade, as utilities harden their grids against wildfires, grow their share of net-metered rooftop solar, and add other costs being passed through to utility customers.

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From smart meters to big batteries, co-ops emerge as clean grid laboratories

Renewable Energy World

By Frank Jossi, Energy News Network. A wave of pilot programs by Minnesota electric cooperatives is saving customers money and providing useful data for larger utilities considering new technology and pricing models to encourage grid efficiency. Today, 44 member-owned electric co-ops serve about 1.7

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10 Solar and Storage Trends for 2021

GreenTechMedia

Barry Cinnamon is CEO of California's Cinnamon Energy Systems. “ Luckily for many companies in the solar and storage industry, our products and services were in high demand; from a revenue perspective 2020 was not as bad as it could have been. And a favorable political environment will help.

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Elon Musk and Bill Walton voice their opposition to proposed California solar rule changes

Renewable Energy World

Tesla’s Elon Musk and solar evangelist Bill Walton called on California officials to reject proposed changes to the state’s residential solar rooftop rules. And Walton, a former NBA star who is now a solar advocate, issued a letter calling on Newsom to reject the CPUC’s proposed decision on rooftop solar. .

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Europe’s Energy Storage Market Is Fading, Right When It’s Needed Most

GreenTechMedia

European energy storage deployment is set to shrink compared to other global markets, even as the need for flexibility on the grid increases, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. In 2014, EMEA, dominated by Europe, represented 44 percent of global energy storage deployment. By the end of 2019, the total tally (plus the U.K.)

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Largest energy company in the US is monopolizing solar power

AGreenLiving

An investigation carried out by Floodlight and the Miami Herald has found that the leading energy company in the U.S. is trying to influence energy policies in its favor, hurting the rooftop solar industry in Florida. In turn, large solar power companies like Florida Power & Light (FPL) would have sole control of the market.