My R Street policy study: Electricity market alternatives to regulatory net metering

Institutional persistence creates some of the thorniest problems in public policy, including electricity policy. Institutions change more slowly than technology and markets, because of both ¬†design and status quo bias, which means that dynamic processes of economic and technological change can make regulatory institutions outdated. This mismatch is showing up right now in the electricity … More My R Street policy study: Electricity market alternatives to regulatory net metering

No net metering without grid connection, no net metering controversy where wires and energy products are unbundled

Around the country lobbyists for utilities and solar power companies are fighting over public policy, mostly for and against reform of net metering policies.* Today, The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) trumpeted in a press release recent victories in the states of Utah and Washington over net metering reforms urged by utilities. TASC highlighted the … More No net metering without grid connection, no net metering controversy where wires and energy products are unbundled

Net metering in Indiana sees exciting 50 percent growth

Michael Giberson From the Indianapolis Star, “More Hoosiers reap benefits of generating their own electricity“: [M]ore and more people around Indiana are starting to generate their own electricity, motivated by environmental concerns and feelings of energy independence. The arrangement is known as “net metering,” allowing customers to offset part of their energy costs and feed … More Net metering in Indiana sees exciting 50 percent growth

California adopts feed-in tariff for distributed wind and solar power systems, with Nobel Prize notes

Michael Giberson Not all of the news this week is about Nobel prize surprises. The Los Angeles Times reports that California is adopting feed-in tariffs for distributed renewable power production: Under AB 920, the state Public Utilities Commission will set a rate for utilities to compensate customers whose solar or wind systems produce more power … More California adopts feed-in tariff for distributed wind and solar power systems, with Nobel Prize notes