More states prioritized energy equity in solar rate design in Q2 2023

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NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) Q2 2023 Edition 50 states with solar power. The quarterly series focuses on net meters, distributed solar ratings, community solar, residential fixed rates, residential demand and solar rates, third-party ownership and utility-led, decentralized Provides insight into state regulatory and legislative debates and actions on solar policy. Rooftop solar power program.

The report found that 40 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, had taken some form of distributed solar policy action in the second quarter of 2023 (see chart below), with the most Many measures continue to address net metering policies (57 states). Local solar policies (48) and higher fixed rates or minimum bills for housing (44). A total of 176 distributed solar policies were enacted in Q2 2023, with the most actions in California, New Mexico, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri and New York , Arkansas, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.

Q2 2023 Net Metering, Tariff Design and Policy Actions on Solar Ownership

2nd Quarter Map of the 50 States of the Sun

The report identifies three trends in solar policy activity in Q2 2023: (1) addressing equity issues through distributed solar programs and pricing; (2) the state develops new iterations of its community solar program; and (3) changes in the treatment of monthly net excesses generated from customer generators.

“This quarter was an active one for Maryland. Lawmakers passed a pair of bills that would change the state’s net energy metering and district solar programs,” said Vincent Ann, policy analyst at NCCETC. Mr Potter said. “New Maryland law allows customers to opt out of annual payments and accumulate unlimited excess generation credits. Another law allows multiple facilities to be placed in close proximity to each other under certain land use or subscription scenarios, with 40% of the energy output reserved for low-income subscribers. The provision was included to make the state’s community solar pilot program permanent.”

The report mentions the top five distributed solar policies for Q2 2023.

  • Maryland Legislators Pass Permanent Community Solar Program Bill.
  • California power company proposes fixed rates for homes according to income.
  • Idaho Power has submitted a successor tariff plan to the net metering method.
  • Minnesota legislators revamp state’s community solar program.and
  • Rhode Island legislators revise net meters and local solar regulations.

“States are becoming more concerned about energy equity,” said NCCETC Senior Policy Project Manager Brian Lipps. “While policy makers continue to see community solar as an opportunity to address low-income access and affordability, policy makers are optimistic that California’s proposed fixed-rate income We are considering new experimental approaches such as

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