Solar power seeks answers for 51st state

Electricity Policy
November 30, 2014

As reported in Elec­tric­ity Pol­icy:  The Solar Elec­tric Power Asso­ci­a­tion is ask­ing for fresh think­ing about how to bal­ance the con­flict­ing inter­ests of util­ity, solar power, and other stake­hold­ers in energy mar­kets. SEPA calls it “The 51st State Chal­lenge.” From Jim Pierobon’s Energy Col­lec­tive blog come ques­tions such as: (1) Might poli­cies that can ben­e­fit all stake­hold­ers be pro­vided with bal­anced and trans­par­ent treat­ment? (2) What rights do home­own­ers, busi­ness own­ers, and oth­ers orga­ni­za­tions have to gen­er­ate their own elec­tric­ity with­out exces­sive monthly charges? (3) How should any excess gen­er­a­tion be treated through improved net meter­ing poli­cies? (4) How are the inter­ests of non-​​solar ratepay­ers affected? A five-​​member team that will review sub­mis­sions, due Feb. 27, includes Sue Tier­ney, Ron Binz, Jim Rogers, Nancy Pfund, and Jigar Shah. “Our goal,” says SEPA, “is not to iden­tify one out­come but rather to find mul­ti­ple frame­works that res­onate and pro­vide a plat­form for all stake­hold­ers to par­tic­i­pate in our energy future together.”

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