Renewables brought UK wholesale cost of electricity down by GBP 1.55bn in 2014
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Renewables brought UK wholesale cost of electricity down by GBP 1.55bn in 2014

Report by independent energy company Good Energy, backed by University of Sheffield, finds the impact of subsidies on U.K. bill payers has been lessened by renewable energy, which has served to lower wholesale electricity costs. The increased role of wind and solar power in the U.K. energy mix has served to lower wholesale electricity prices by more than the overall net cost of subsidizing clean energy, a new report by independent energy company Good Energy has found. According to the Good Energy report, which has been rubber-stamped by experts at the University of Sheffield, the wholesale cost of electricity in…
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers

State Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, the top Senator on energy policy, said today that he sees "a lot of common ground and room for movement" on the state's policy on solar subsidies, as competing proposals are pending before the state Legislature. [adinserter block="1"] One of the most urgent, and controversial, energy-related issues before the Legislature today is what to do about solar net metering. A cap on the financial credits given to solar energy developers for the energy they generate is currently stalling Massachusetts solar projects. Solar developers want the cap to be lifted immediately. Utilities worry that solar subsidies are raising…
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Environmental advocates push for state to lift solar net metering cap
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Environmental advocates push for state to lift solar net metering cap

NEW BEDFORD — While Massachusetts, led by New Bedford, is a national leader in solar power, its limits on solar and net metering is threatening its status. That was the warning given by Environment Massachusetts, a statewide, citizen-funded advocacy group, at a Thursday press conference at the New Bedford High School solar farm. According to a new report from the group, the state ranked fifth in the nation for the amount of solar energy capacity installed per person in 2014. The city of New Bedford has more solar per capita than anywhere in the country aside from Honolulu. But the city's…
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Massachusetts ranks 5th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth
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Massachusetts ranks 5th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, September 3, 2015, 11:00 AM FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sharon Solomon, 678-334-1212 (c), sharon@environmentmassachusetts.org Massachusetts ranks 5th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth NEW BEDFORD, MA – Massachusetts ranked 5th nationwide for the amount of solar energy capacity installed per person in 2014, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, but business executives and community leaders warned that the rapid growth of solar energy could stall if state officials fail to lift a cap on Massachusetts’ most important solar program. “New Bedford and Massachusetts are leaders for solar power,…
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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Own ‘Em—Utilities Muscle in to Rooftop Solar Market
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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Own ‘Em—Utilities Muscle in to Rooftop Solar Market

In the past five years, rooftop solar has revealed the limitations of the archaic electric utility business model, as customers have found generating their own power more cost effective than taking 100% of their energy from the incumbent monopoly. For years, utilities have fought back by trying to make competition less cost effective, at a substantial cost to their image (and ratepayer’s own money). Now they want a piece of the action. It was only a matter of time until electric monopolies realized that co-opting would be less costly than confronting, and several utility companies are now planning to own…
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