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Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’

Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’ Utah’s recent net metering settlement, negotiated by solar industry leaders and the state’s largest electric utility, is a shining example of using dialogue to solve seemingly intractable problems, according to Gov. Gary Herbert. “Differing opinions is not necessarily a bad thing,” … Continue reading Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’

#Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for #Rocky_Mountain_Power solar customers

Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for Rocky Mountain Power solar customers Negotiated in private, the settlement approved Friday by state Public Service Commission will allow solar sales to continue in Utah, industry leaders say. Advocates for solar power in Utah were catching their breath Friday after receiving word that … Continue reading #Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for #Rocky_Mountain_Power solar customers

#Rocky_Mountain_Power, other parties defend plan to raise #Utah power bills to pay for solar power

Rocky Mountain Power, other parties defend plan to raise Utah power bills to pay for solar power Utility says it could walk away from settlement, if state regulators seek to change its carefully negotiated deal with solar advocates. State regulators have the future of Utah’s solar power industry in their hands — and, possibly, the … Continue reading #Rocky_Mountain_Power, other parties defend plan to raise #Utah power bills to pay for solar power

#Idaho_Power wants to put rooftop solar customers in separate rate class

Idaho Power wants to put rooftop solar customers in separate rate class Idaho is the latest state to enter a nationwide debate over its net metering policy, a popular pricing mechanism that credits rooftop solar customers — usually at the retail rate — for their excess energy sent to the grid. Established on a state-by-state … Continue reading #Idaho_Power wants to put rooftop solar customers in separate rate class

#Avista selling to Canadian firm #Hydro_One for $5.3 billion

Avista selling to Canadian firm Hydro One for $5.3 billion Spokane’s homegrown utility, Avista Corp., is being sold for $5.3 billion to a Canadian company. The sale to Hydro One Ltd., described as a friendly acquisition, is expected to be finalized next year. The deal creates one of North America’s largest regulated utilities, but will … Continue reading #Avista selling to Canadian firm #Hydro_One for $5.3 billion

#Rocky_Mountain_Power makes wind power investment in #Wyoming

Rocky Mountain Power makes wind power investment in Wyoming CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back coal and climate-change regulations aren’t discouraging a utility from making a $3.5 billion investment in wind energy, the bulk of which will build dozens of new wind turbines in the top coal-producing state. Rocky Mountain … Continue reading #Rocky_Mountain_Power makes wind power investment in #Wyoming

Tucson Electric Power’s solar rate plan jeered, cheered at public hearing

Tucson Electric Power’s solar rate plan jeered, cheered at public hearing A proposal to reduce reimbursements for future Tucson Electric Power Co. solar customers drew a standing-room only crowd at an Arizona Corporation Commission public comment hearing Monday. And while most of the TEP customers who spoke derided TEP’s proposal as anti-solar, TEP got support … Continue reading Tucson Electric Power’s solar rate plan jeered, cheered at public hearing

#BPA drops plan for #Oregon – #Washington transmission line

BPA drops plan for Oregon-Washington transmission line The Bonneville Power Administration has scrapped its controversial plan to build a high-voltage transmission line near Portland, Oregon. BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer announced the decision Thursday, citing the increasing cost and other factors. The 80-mile-long, 500-kilovolt line would have run from Castle Rock, Washington, to Troutdale, Oregon. The … Continue reading #BPA drops plan for #Oregon – #Washington transmission line