Aug
16
2017

Net Metering: Will Utah Choose a Smarter Way Forward?

Last month, PACE released our new report, “Net Metering: Costs, Customers, and a Smarter Way Forward.” The report provides policymakers and other stakeholders with current snapshots of net metering approaches in several states, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, and Nevada.

Net metering and related solar discourse is live in dozens of states, in addition to those covered by our report. In Utah this summer, a long-simmering debate seems poised either to boil over or come to a conclusion that works better for consumers.

Utah currently has full retail net metering for rooftop solar customers, a policy PACE

Aug
14
2017

Powering America with Jobs and More

This week, the PACE blog is coming to you from a beach house on the Georgia coast. In this relaxed setting, I had the chance to sit on the porch swing, iced tea in hand, and reflect in the relative quiet of August recess.

This house has quietly gone about its work since 1880, serving first as headquarters for the Chatham Artillery Club and then generations of those needing a respite from the modern world. It has withstood hurricanes and extreme temperatures. Its features combine the new (wi-fi, Roku, air conditioning) and the traditional (original louvered shutters,

Aug
09
2017

American Wind Week Offers Chance for Reflection

Over the years, PACE has written often about the deployment of new energy sources, advocating for the location of those sources where they work best and the integration of those sources in a way that serves both customers and the grid. Our work, for example, led us to Oklahoma in the most recent legislative session to discuss the significant contributions of wind power in that state. We’ve written similar encouraging reviews of utility-scale solar projects in places like New Orleans and Montgomery, Alabama.

As the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) celebrates its first-ever American Wind Week, running August 6th

Aug
07
2017

“Ree”-Examining Rare Earth Elements

Here in Boston for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ 2017 Legislative Summit, I’ve enjoyed attending several informational sessions on current topics in energy and environmental policy. It’s been an honor to meet and talk with dozens of state legislators from all over the country.

Rightly so, the legislators, their staff and energy leaders are asking future-focused questions and trying to imagine together what the utility of the future will look like. Many of the panels and forums touched on exciting developments in battery storage and renewable energy technologies.

State legislators could also benefit from tactical discussions about how

Aug
02
2017

A Lease on Life for U.S. Offshore Resources

Over the years, PACE has consistently spoken out in favor of increasing our nation’s supply of energy, across all sources. That’s why earlier this week, we filed a formal comment letter with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) advocating for development of a new and expanded offshore oil and natural gas leasing program. If you or your organization would like to join the comment effort, let us know by emailing laura@energyfairness.org and we can guide you through the process.

At this point, BOEM is undertaking an initial scoping process for

Jul
31
2017

Choice, Consequences, and Consumers

PACE was on the road in July, covering national meetings of state legislators such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Southern States Energy Board, and the Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference. It was a privilege to hear hours of thoughtful discussions and be reminded how hard our elected officials work to get energy policy right for consumers. We were also able to share some thoughts about net metering and the importance of policies that avoid cost-shifting to customers who don’t (or can’t afford to) choose solar.

The energy policy workload isn’t going to lighten up anytime

Jul
26
2017

PACE Looks Ahead with Manufacture Alabama

Longtime PACE partner, Manufacture Alabama, recently sat down with new PACE Executive Director Laura Schepis to discuss the state of energy policy and what might lie ahead for manufacturers. The organization will publish the Q&A in its August newsletter.

Q: Congratulations on your new position. Can you tell our members a little about your background?

A: I grew up in Georgia and earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. After doing some initial legal work, I got involved in the energy sector and really developed a passion for advocacy. I’ve worked with various groups over the years,

Jul
25
2017

Nuclear Energy: No Time for U.S. to Fall Behind

Listening to current conventional wisdom, you often hear that we don’t need to build new baseload. The economy isn’t expanding that quickly, energy efficiency will absorb new demand, and some regions are still awash in power, goes the argument. Every state and electricity market is complex, and in some places that argument, or parts of it, may ring true. But in state after state, policymakers and other stakeholders are making lasting decisions today that will impact our energy future for decades. Federal lawmakers are again considering major energy legislation and inquiring about the state of electricity markets.

The Energy

Jul
19
2017

Ringing up the Real Value of Solar

No doubt about it, solar power is a growing part of America’s energy future. Communities, individuals and businesses are finding places to install panels or arrays and learning about the costs and benefits of integrating solar into an overall energy mix. Moving into the future, solar certainly has a role to play as part of a comprehensive energy approach.

A lot of energy will go into solar discussions this week, as utility regulators gather this week for National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in partly sunny California and state lawmakers convene for the American Legislative Exchange Council in Colorado, where

Jul
18
2017

New Report Discusses Smarter Way Forward for Solar Net Metering

The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) today released a new report on the state of net metering policies, entitled “Net Metering: Costs, Customers, and a Smarter Way Forward.” The report was co-authored by Dr. David Gattie, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Georgia.

Find the report online here

The report continues PACE’s ongoing efforts to support the development of all forms of energy, including residential, community, and utility-scale solar, while also protecting power consumers. The report finds that residential solar provides the most benefits to consumers and communities when net metering policies:

Treat all customers