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Net Energy Metering Policies Helping To Spur Solar Growth

Published on 12 Sep 2013  |   Written by 

Rhone Resch, SEIA President and CEO 9/12/13

All across the United States, rooftop solar panels are popping up on homes, businesses and schools like mushrooms in a forest, and utility-scale solar projects are bringing huge amounts of clean energy into our communities. Why? Well, among other things, consumer choice in America is something that we all hold very sacred.

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By Christine Hertzog 09/04/13

Distributed generation (DG) has been called an existential threat to electric utilities. But it doesn’t have to be a doomsday scenario, and there’s interesting work going on in the field of Transactive Energy that envisions a much more pragmatic future of the Smart Grid.

By John Anderson 08/30/2013

In another major study released today on wind farms and property values, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to nearby home property values.

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Climate & the Economy: A Rational Solution

Published on 22 Aug 2013  |   Written by 

By ACORE Interim CEO, Michael Brower 08/22/2013

It should be no surprise that when Gallup asks Americans to choose between economic growth or protecting the environment – during a time when too many Americans are still out of work, living paycheck to paycheck, drowning with college debt, and underemployed – they choose improving economic growth. But even as the economy remains America’s number one priority; more and more Americans are calling for action on climate change. Most Americans see the environmental and economic challenges climate change poses, but they also recognize--as the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) does--that clean, renewable energy is a solution to both environmental and economic challenges.

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By Noah Ginsberg 8/16/13

The goal of any renewable energy developer or grid operator is to ensure a smooth flow of electricity stems from a power plant. And there are numerous technologies that aide project developers and grid operators to accurately forecast the weather to maximize the output and efficiency of renewable energy power plants. But none of these technologies come close to IBM’s new Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecaster (HyREF). IBM unveiled their newest forecasting systems on August 12th – built with the renowned expertise the world has come to expect from IBM.

Arizona Fights for Its Solar Energy Rights

Published on 16 Aug 2013  |   Written by 

By Keally Dewitt of ACORE Member Sunrun Inc. 08/16/2013

Arizona Public Service (APS) recently proposed a drastic overhaul of net energy metering (NEM) policy in areas where it operates. APS’s plan, submitted in July to the state’s utility regulatory body — the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) would replace consumer-friendly NEM practices with terms — and economics — more favorable to the monopoly electricity provider.

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