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Monday, Oct 12, 2020

SEIA Statement on White House Solar Tariff Proclamation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Saturday, the White House announced results for the midterm review of the Section 201 tariffs on imported solar cells and modules.  Following is a statement on the proclamation by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association:

Wednesday, Oct 07, 2020

Report: U.S. Corporate Solar Investments Swell to 8300 Megawatts, Grow 20-Fold Over Last Decade

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tech giants, major retailers and other corporate leaders are making significant investments in clean energy and installed over 1,280 megawatts (MW) of new commercial solar capacity in the United States in 2019, the second largest year on record according to the latest Solar Means Business report. The annual report, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), tracks both on-site and off-site installations and highlights the strong appeal of cost-saving solar energy for American businesses.

Monday, Oct 05, 2020

FERC Makes Surprise Changes to PURPA, Overturning Precedent and Undermining Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - SEIA filed a Request for Rehearing today of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Broadview Solar decision, which changes the way power production capability is measured for solar Qualifying Facilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). Following is a statement from Katherine Gensler, vice president of regulatory affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association:

Thursday, Oct 01, 2020

Coalition Sends Letter to Mass. Lawmakers Opposing Pro-Utility Provisions in Clean Energy Legislation

BOSTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today a coalition of solar companies and clean energy advocacy organizations sent a letter to Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo strongly opposing a legislative provision that authorizes utilities to construct, operate and own solar projects.

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020

South Carolina Adopts Solar Industry Proposal to Study Electricity Market Reforms

COLUMBIA, S.C. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday Governor McMaster signed into law H. 4940, SEIA’s recommendation to create a committee that will study electricity market reform in South Carolina. Parallel legislation has been proposed in North Carolina and is expected to be considered early next year.Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on this development:

Monday, Sep 28, 2020

Solar Advocates File Emergency Motion to Prevent Ameren from Devastating Illinois’ Solar Market

CHICAGO and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today a coalition of solar and environmental groups filed an emergency motion with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to prevent utility company Ameren from devastating rooftop solar in southern and central Illinois. Last week Ameren told the Commission it intends to eliminate fair compensation for the solar energy homeowners and families produce.

Monday, Sep 21, 2020

SEIA’s Efforts Continue Energy Freedom in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over the past few years, SEIA has been deeply involved in energy choice and solar advocacy in South Carolina, helping to shape and secure the historic passage of the Energy Freedom Act (EFA) in 2019. SEIA continues to work through implementation of the EFA to ensure that the state follows through on its commitments, including development of  net metering tariffs for rooftop solar.   SEIA’s witness contributed technical expertise and provided a critical foundation for the settlement.

Monday, Sep 21, 2020

Passage of SB 364 Eases Solar Industry Concerns in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement from Rick Umoff, California senior director and counsel at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the solar concerns originally raised with the Schools and Communities First Initiative, also known as Proposition 15.

Friday, Sep 18, 2020

SEIA Continues Fight Against Unlawful PURPA Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) yesterday filed a petition for review with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of FERC Order No. 872, which unlawfully discourages the development of qualifying facilities (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). 

Thursday, Sep 17, 2020

SEIA Statement on FERC’s DER Aggregation Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today issued a final rule that clarifies how aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) can participate in wholesale power markets.

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