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Formal Comments

SEIA produces a variety of research and other supporting resources for the solar industry, ranging from full reports to short factsheets. Below is a list of our formal submitted comments, organized by date. For a full library of research and resources, click here

Thursday, Sep 01, 2022

EIA Response to SI2 and SEIA Comments on Data Collection

In July, the Solar and Storage Industries Institute (SI2), and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), made the case that the Energy Information Administration (EIA) should be collecting more data on a variety of issues, including: utility interconnection queues, interconnection costs, the state of the solar supply chain and solar manufacturing, and more information on electric grid operations itself. In an informal response to SI2, EIA pushed back on the organization’s claims. 

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022

SEIA Testimony on Colorado Renewable Energy Plan

SEIA filed an additional round of testimony in the Colorado Renewable Energy Plan case focused on distributed generation resources. SEIA and the Colorado Storage and Solar Association responded to other parties’ initial testimony, reiterating our positions to increase solar plus storage while supporting a robust commercial onsite program and expanding community solar.

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022

SEIA Petition to Intervene in Georgia Public Service Commission Rate Case

SEIA alongside Vote Solar and Georgia SEIA intervened in a Georgia rate case. The comments argue for expanding rooftop solar programs for Georgians. 

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022

SEIA Comments on Virginia Interconnection Docket

SEIA submitted comments in the Virginia interconnection docket, examining ways in which smart inverter functions and energy storage can interact with the broader utility grid to provide cost savings and resilience. 

Thursday, Aug 04, 2022

SEIA Comments on the Community Reinvestment Act

In comments submitted on August 4, 2022, the Solar Energy Industries Association urges banking regulators to expand use of the CRA to include financing support for solar and storage projects of all sizes. 

Thursday, Jul 14, 2022

Joint Comments of SEIA and SI2 on the Electric Power and Renewable Electricity Surveys

Earlier this year the U.S. Energy Information Administration issued a proposal to update the Electric Power and Renewable Electricity Surveys, forms used to collect information on utility-scale, distributed solar projects, and utility operations. These forms, including form EIA 861, are a critical part of the solar industry’s data collection efforts, and any changes could impact the industry’s ability to effectively catalogue solar installation data.

Monday, May 04, 2020

SEIA Responsive Comments to FERC on PURPA Implementation Issues

On Monday, May 4th, SEIA filed responsive comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding implementation issues under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). In our comments, we advanced our argument that competition is a critical component of any FERC policy, and further asserted that FERC should not adopt its proposed “ten-mile rule,” as it will cause undue hardship on existing and new “Qualifying Facilities” and create uncertainty for their financial backers.

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2019

SEIA Comments to FERC on the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA)

SEIA submitted these formal comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Tuesday, December 3rd to address implementation issues under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).

Monday, Feb 25, 2019

Comments on Whitepaper Regarding Future Value Stack Compensation, Including Avoided Distribution Costs

On December 12, 2018 the New York Department of Public Service released its Whitepaper Regarding Future Value Stack Compensation, Including Avoided Distribution Costs - which addresses the Demand Reduction Value (DRV) and Locational System Relief Value (LSRV) compensation mechanisms, as well as the Market Transition Credit (MTC)/community solar credit. SEIA joined with the Coalition for Community Solar Access, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York Solar Energy Industries Association, Pace Energy and Climate Center, and Vote Solar to submit comments on this Whitepaper.

Monday, Apr 16, 2018

SEIA Comments to USTR on Solar Safeguard Exclusion Requests

On April 16, 2018, SEIA submitted formal comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) regarding the Trump administration's consideration of product exclusions under the recent Section 201 solar safeguard tariffs.

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