Solar Policy Roundup: Arizona Solar Ceasefire, 3rd-Party-Solar Fight In North Carolina…

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To complement the big solar and wind project roundup I just published, here’s one focused on solar policy news.

ACC Approves Tucson Electric Power’s Bid To Increase Renewable Energy, Sans Utility-Owned Solar

Following the ongoing and sometimes bitter confrontation between solar advocates and utilities, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved a proposal from Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to boost investments in renewable energy and deploy two 10 MW (5 MWh) energy storage pilot projects. However, the issue of this utility owning the renewables it distributes remains undecided, pending further ACC review.

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Solar Ceasefire: Arizona Solar Advocates And Lawmakers Drop Dueling Ballot Initiatives

A ceasefire between SolarCity and Arizona Public Service Company has the two sides agreeing to mediate over how solar customers are compensated for the electricity they produce.

Australian Regulator Says Tariffs Should Recognise PV Benefits

It has taken nearly a decade and dozens of reviews, but finally an Australian regulator has recommended that rooftop solar installations – along with other distributed generation such as small wind turbines – be rewarded for the value they bring to the grid, and their environmental benefits.

Spain Energy Pioneer Abengoa Wins Fiscal Protection Via US Bankruptcy Court

The financially troubled international renewable energy pioneer Abengoa, which filed for bankruptcy protection last November, has been granted bankruptcy protection under Chapter 15. This protection has been provided, in spite of the objections of a group of insurance companies claiming the Spanish renewables company’s talks to restructure billions in debt was unfair to US creditors.

Regulators Reject Third-Party-Ownership Petition in North Carolina

Regulators in North Carolina have refused an advocacy group’s request to allow for third-party solar ownership in the state, and hit the organization with a $60,000 fine.

How Arguments on Solar Power Affect Public Support in the US and Germany

Jobs, fighting climate change, energy security – there are a number of good reasons to support solar power. But as Alexander Franke explains in his recent essay published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, arguments by solar activists differ widely in Germany and the US. He argues that solar supporters should continue to focus their ideas and arguments on their target audience, even if that entails talking less about environmental issues.

Power For All Launches Call To Action For Development Banks To End Energy Poverty Before 2030

Power for All has launched its Call to Action, seeking to rapidly reduce the condition of energy poverty using distributed renewables. At the World Bank Spring meetings, a coalition of business and civil society leaders has called for all multilateral development banks (MDBs) to “radically accelerate universal energy access for the 1.1 billion people living without access to power.”

Clean Power Plan Status Report

As many know, on February 9, 2016, the US Supreme Court stayed implementation of the Clean Power Plan pending judicial review. What’s new?

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