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Community Solar Has Great Growth Potential

One solar sector that has the potential for significant growth in the 2017 -2018 time frame is “Community Solar” in select states in the U.S.  According to a recent Green Tech Media report while there are only 80MWs of community solar projects … Continue reading

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New California Governor Jerry Brown Calls for Feed-in Tariffs to Develop Distributed Generation

January 3, 2011 by Paul Gipe In an undated posting on Governor Jerry Brown’s campaign web site, the then candidate called for building 12,000 MW of distributed generation out of 20,000 MW of new renewable generation. Governor Brown specifically calls … Continue reading

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2011 CAISO Interconnection (GIP – Generator Interconnection Proceedure) Requests Must Meet March Deadline

The time is now to work with partners to understand these new realities and to make this looming deadline for both transmission and distribution applications for 2011. Continue reading

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Distributed Generation Market Drivers

The Renewable Portfolio Standard requires retail sellers (defined as investor‐owned utilities, electric service providers, and community choice aggregators) to increase renewable energy as a percentage of their retail sales to 20 percent by 2010. State law also requires publicly owned utilities to implement the standard but gives them flexibility in developing specific targets and timelines. In November 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger raised California’s renewable energy goals to 33 percent by 2020 in his Executive Order S‐14‐08. In July 2009, the California Public Utilities Commission reported that the three investor‐owned utilities were supplying approximately 13 percent of their aggregated total sales from eligible renewable resources as of 2008, far below the 20 percent required by 2010. Publicly owned utilities are showing some progress in renewable energy procurement with expectations for the 15 largest publicly owned utilities of 12.4 percent of RPS eligible renewable retail sales by 2011, but this progress is still far short of the renewable target. Continue reading

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California Air Resources Board Adopts Renewable Electricity Standard Raising California’s Renewable Energy Requirement to 33 Percent by 2020

California’s renewable energy standard remains a rapidly evolving area of regulation. The RES raises California’s renewable energy mandate to 33 percent by 2020, one of the most aggressive standards in the United States. The RES represents a significant new regulatory requirement for California’s retail sellers of electricity and will have important ramifications on energy markets throughout the western states. Continue reading

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