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Simple Federal Solutions For Solar

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by TheTalkingMule, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. TheTalkingMule

    TheTalkingMule Distributed Energy Enthusiast

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    Well it's become painfully obvious that local utilities and the state utility commissions(that they half the time own) won't be taking the proactive steps necessary to transition to renewables. We have places where solar is half the cost of building new plants and the natural gas interests are winning all the battles.

    We know solar will win the war, but a little concerted effort on the federal side could easily speed things up and save us all cash.

    Germany began the transition to solar with a very simple set of rules that incentivized all parties to transition. A feed in tariff would be paid for solar kWh and their juice would be given grid priority at all times. Period.

    Are there similar steps we could take at the federal level to end this chaos in our power markets? Is it legal for FERC to prioritize residential solar on all grids up to a certain percentage of supply? Can the federal government make net metering the law up to a certain percentage of supply? Why not take that step if net metering can be proven a cost saver for all rate payers?
     
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