Commentary: Utah undervalues citizen-supplied solar power

Craig J. Provost Salt Lake Tribune December 23, 2017   Previous commentaries in the Tribune have made the conjecture that non-solar customers are subsidizing Solar owners. This is a biased and unproven assumption. Several studies by Public Utility Commissions in other states have found that solar providers offer numerous benefits …

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New Rooftop Solar Frontier!

It seems hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. We have had some pretty big developments over the past year, one of which is the big rooftop solar settlement. For those that need a quick refresher you can read this Salt Lake Tribune article to get up to speed.  Before …

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Episode #95: Julie Stewart, Professor At Westminster College

Julie Stewart, a Westminster honors college professor, joins Matt in a conversation about research she and her students did about Utah rooftop solar owners. Julie, an award-winning scholar and teacher who happens to also be Matt’s wife, describes the 200+ online surveys and 60+ interviews her team did to learn about …

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NEWS: All sides praise solar net metering compromise

Glen Beeby Good4Utah 10/04/2017 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Governor Herbert gathered at the capitol with utility and solar leaders to praise a compromise reached on net metering. What price solar customers will get in the future remains to be seen. Net metering allows customers with solar or …

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

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 10/05/2017 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,” Herbert said at …

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Episode #92: Tyler Poulson, Salt Lake City & Utah Climate Week

Matt chats with Tyler Poulson, Salt Lake City’s sustainability program manager, about several key climate and energy issues including Utah Climate Week, coming up October 8-14. First, Tyler offers his take on the recent rooftop solar settlement reached between Rocky Mountain Power and other stakeholders. He then updates us about how Salt …

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NEWS: Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for Rocky Mountain Power solar customers

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune 9/30/2017 Advocates for solar power in Utah were catching their breath Friday after receiving word that state regulators have approved a settlement intended in part to preserve the viability of the state’s solar industry. The settlement, approved unanimously by the state Public Service Commission …

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NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power, other parties defend plan to raise Utah power bills to pay for solar power

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 9/19/2017 State regulators have the future of Utah’s solar power industry in their hands — and, possibly, the future of your household electric bill — after a brief Monday hearing. In public testimony early Monday, a representative of Rocky Mountain Power warned it could walk …

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NEWS: State utility commission weighs approval of rooftop solar agreement

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News 9/18/2017 SALT LAKE CITY — The three-member Public Service Commission is weighing a proposed agreement on rooftop solar between Rocky Mountain Power and a consortium of diverse groups, including the Utah Solar Energy Association, state Office of Consumer Services and top solar companies. Commission members …

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