Forty U.S. states have net metering policies under which households or businesses with rooftop solar panels can sell electricity they generate above what they actually use back to solar utilities at retail rates. The increase in the price of electricity to utility customers as a result of the growth of solar power due to the net metering incentives has prompted 25 states to begin reconsidering their policies.
In California, where opinion polls show solar power to be widely popular, by a narrow 3-to-2 vote, California's electric power regulators voted in January to keep the state's net metering program, but also added some fees on solar users to offset some of the costs of maintaining the electric grid.
By contrast in neighboring Nevada, state regulators decided to phase out its net metering program pver 12 years, and in sunny Arizona, regulators decided to reduce the rates paid for excess solar power sold to the state's utilities.
The response in both states show how dependent...
A new study published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says renewable energy sources will be unable to compete with conventional energy without government support or high taxes on fossil fuels for at least a decade.
The authors also conclude renewable energy may always need government assistance to stay in business.
The study’s authors say while renewable energy has made promising gains in the past few years—the cost of solar dropped by about two-thirds from 2009 to 2014—new...
Under questioning by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) during March 22 hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted the Obama administration’s climate efforts will do nothing to prevent climate change, acknowledging they are symbolic attempts to get other countries to make steep carbon dioxide emissions cuts.
McCarthy was unmoved when McKinley noted the negative impact regulations such as the Clean Power Plan have...
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