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California's Major Residential Rate Reform: A Mixed Bag for Solar Economics

April 30, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Reform and Solar Impacts

California utility regulators issued a proposal to reform the complex, multi-tiered rate structures for residential customers of the state’s big three investor-owned utilities. And as solar advocates expected, it contains some good news and some bad news for the economics of customer-owned net-metered solar PV systems.[read more]

A New Tariff Policy to Accelerate India's Renewables Growth

April 30, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

The Ministry of Power has proposed amendments to the country’s existing tariff policy of 2005. Promotion of renewable generation sources has now been added as the fifth objective of the policy, and there are three salient features for the solar sector in this proposed amendment.[read more]

Major Steps Toward a 21st Century Electricity System in New York, California

April 2, 2015 by Ryan Katofsky

State Electrical System Reform

Now well into 2015, momentum is building around the country to create a 21st Century electricity system. Progress is being made on the regulatory front and with implementation, as various states move to modernize their grids, update their regulatory frameworks, and address future challenges.[read more]

Why We Shouldn't Throw Out Flood Insurance Reform

March 10, 2014 by Dan Huber

It’s not surprising that homeowners in flood-prone areas are asking their various representatives in Congress to protect them from the danger of higher flood insurance bills. Here’s the question: Who is going to protect them from higher floods?[read more]

Challenges of Chinese Power Sector Reform [VIDEO]

February 6, 2014 by Michael Davidson

Chinese Power Sector Reform


At China's Third Plenum last Fall, state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform was envisioned as a key lever for future economic growth. However, it very much remains to be seen just when and how this change will end up impacting the power sector.[read more]