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Will a new trend in community solar inspire LA County to start its own utility?; Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Aug 20, 2016

Rocky Mountain compromise: Inside Xcel's landmark Colorado solar settlement; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Aug 22, 2016

Kansas regulators tackle distributed generation cost-benefit analysis; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Aug 18, 2016

Pay As You Save: Co-ops are reaching new customers with a novel way to pay for efficiency; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Aug 17, 2016

Arizona's Utility Regulator Adopts New Method of Crediting Rooftop Solar; Julian Spector, greentech:Media, Aug 15, 2016

Smart sharing: Sun-saturated Hawaii debates first TOU community solar proposal; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Aug 11, 2016

Is New York's "Compromise" the Future for Net Metering?; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Aug 11, 2016

Court rules for DOE, upholding Obama's social cost of carbon; Amanda Reilly, E&E Publishing, Aug 9, 2016

Picking Up PACE After New Federal Guidance; Karlee Weinmann, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Aug 8, 2016

Renewable Energy, Climate Change and the Democratic Party Platform 2016; Paul Gipe, Wind-Works.com, Aug 2, 2016

'Value of solar' gains another foothold in Minnesota; Frank Jossi, Midswest Energy News, Jul 22, 2016

Renewables will always need support; Craig Morris, Renewables International, Jul 20, 2016

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative; White House Office of the Press Secretary, Jul 19, 2016

Merkley Announces Plan to Introduce Major Renewable Energy Legislation at Netroots Nation Gathering; Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR), Press Release, Jul 18, 2016

Curbing the marijuana industry's voracious energy appetite; Gina Warren, United Press International, Jul 18, 2016

Missouri to be second state with residential PACE later this summer; Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News, Jul 18, 2016

Beyond rate reforms: Bundling strategies could resolve net metering battles; Herman K Trabish, Utility Dive, June 15, 2016

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q1 2016); Karlee Weinmann, Institutue for Local Self-Reliance, Jul 14, 2016

Oregon Could Widen Carbon Trading across North America; Debra Kahn, ClimateWire, June 13, 2016

2016 Election – Energy Policies at the Ballot; Nick Stumo-Langer, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jun 2, 2016

Exploring How Cities Can Switch To A Low-Carbon Energy Grid; Joshua S Hill, CleanTechnica, April 28th, 2016

Oregon regulators set ambitious timeline for clean energy programs; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Apr 27, 2016

As utilities build toward RPS standards, costs, carve-outs raise concerns; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Apr 24, 2016

Germany's Energiewende goes global; Richard A. Fuchs, DW, Apr 22, 2016

San Francisco adopts law requiring solar panels on all new buildings; Madeleine Cuff, The Guardian, Apr 21, 2016

NY utilities, solar companies propose transition away from retail net metering; Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive, April 20, 2016

Inside Hawaiian Electric's new plan to get to 100% renewables; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Apr 14, 2016

How California wants to align utility revenue models with DERs; Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, Apr 7, 2016

U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2016 Annual Status Report; Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April 2016 [Policy Basics: Reports]

Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2016 US Report; Galen Barbose, Ryan Wiser, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2016

We Have the Power: 100% Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving America; Environment America Research & Policy Center, Mar 29, 2016 [Full Report]

Report: Re-Member-ing the Electric Cooperative; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Mar 29, 2016

An Unexpected Renewable Energy Trend; Warren Leon, Morning Consult, Mar 23, 2016

Oregon Passes Bill to Cut Coal Purchases, Double Renewable Energy by 2040; Julia Pyper, GreenTech Media, Mar 4, 2016

Study Contemplates New York REV's Impact on System; William Opalka, RTO Insider, Feb 2, 2016

Utilities throw weight behind plan to eliminate coal and increase renewables; Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian, Jan 30, 2016



Germany Reverses Its Decision to End Residential Energy Storage Subsidies; Mike Stone, greenTech Media, Dec 17, 2015

Understanding the tax implications of NEM successor policies; J. Valentine, Clean Coalition, Dec 16, 2015

Congress Just Extended the PTC and ITC: What You Need to Know; Chris Nelder & Mark Silberg, RMI Outlet, Dec 22, 2015

Community Energy Resource Guide; K. Bunker, S. Doig, E. Fowler, J. Mandel, C, Owens Michelet, Rocky Mountain Institute, Dec 2015

This new campaign in New York wants the state to move to 100 percent clean energy; Raven Rakia, Grist, Dec 18, 2015

Has Renovate America Figured out How to Expand Residential PACE?; Jahi Wise, Clean Energy Finance Forum, Dec 18, 2015

Minnesota: A Case Study on Why Solar Policy Matters; Mike Taylor, Solar Electric Power Association, Dec 10, 2015

US House Resolution - 100% Clean, Renewable Energy for the United States; Representative Grijalva, Nov 20, 2015

The 50 States of Solar; NC Clean Energy Technology Center and Meister Consultants Group, Q3 2015

Green Vancouver; City of Vancouver, B.C., Oct 23, 2015

OPUC Attributes for the Design of a Community Solar Program: To the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and the House Interim Committee on Energy and Environment; OPUC, Oct 26, 2015

What comes after net metering: Hawaii's latest postcard from the future; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Oct 22, 2015

Arizona: Utility regulators to consider value of solar; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Oct 22, 2015

Supreme Court's challenge: Fit new grid into old law; Robin Bravender, E&E Publishing, LLC, Oct 21, 2015

NY regulators lift solar net metering caps until REV docket sets DER values; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Oct 21, 2015

ESNA 2015: Inside California's energy politics, the FERC Order 745 case, and the coming storage cost shift; Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, Oct 16, 2015

Hawaii Regulators Shut Down HECO's Net Metering Program; Julia Pyper, greentechMedia, Oct 14, 2015

A US state just became the world's greatest renewable-energy market; Dave Forest, Business Insider, Oct 13, 2015

Renovate America Banks $90M From SolarCity's VC Investors for Residential PACE; Eric Wesoff, Katie Tweed, greentechMedia,
Oct 1, 2015

To ITC or not to ITC: What happens if solar's federal tax incentives aren't extended; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Oct 1, 2015

Integrated Distribution Planning; SolarCity Grid Engineering, Sep 2015

Michigan lawmakers, utilities attempt to settle value of solar debate; Andy Balaskovitz, Midwest Energy News, Sep 28, 2015

Ninety-Six Cities Quitting Fossil Fuels to Move Toward 100 Percent Renewable Energy; Cole Mellino, BuzzFlash, Sep 22, 2015

Florida Courts Now Set to Weigh Two Competing Solar Ballots: An update on state-level clean energy news from around the country; Julia Pyper, greentechMedia, Sep 15, 2015

Value of Battery-Backed Solar in California: 25 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour; Jeff St. John, greentechGrid, Sep 4, 2015

The Federal Solar Tax Credit Extension: Can We Win if We Lose?; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Sep 2, 2015

Driving Blind: The Worst Examples of Outdated Data Skewing Renewable Energy Projections; Eric Gimon and Sonia Aggarwal, greentechMedia, Jun 1, 2015

EPA's Clean Power Plan Will Create Quarter-Million Jobs; John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News, Apr 21, 2015

Three trends that get the grid to 70% renewables by mid-century; Herman K. Trabish, Apr 1, 2015

Inside the new approach to finding the true value of solar; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Mar 31, 2015

Solar, Wind Industries Release 'How-To' Handbook for Cutting Carbon Emissions; Rhone Resch, Renewable Energy World, Mar 30, 2015

California communities seize control of their energy futures; David Roberts grist.org, Feb 25, 2015

5 Pillars of Energy Democracy: Webinar Archive; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Feb 5, 2015

Shared Resources: Regulatory Reform Models for Shared Renewable Energy Program; Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 1998-2015

Gov. Jerry Brown Begins Last Term With a Bold Energy Plan; Adam Nagourney, New York Times, Jan 5, 2015

The adoption of advanced feed-in tariffs in Ontario: A case of institutional layering ; Paul Gipe, wind-works.org, Jan 3, 2015 | Report by Jacques Fontaine


The Connecticut Green Bank's C-PACE Program: Low-cost, Long-term Financing for Clean Energy Upgrades; Maria Blais Costello, Renewable Energy World, Dec 24, 2014

RE-Allocating Risk: The Case for Closer Integration of Price- and Quantity-Based Support Policies for Clean Energy; Felix Mormann, Energy Policy Insititute's Fourth Annual Energy Policy Research Conference, Nov 2014

Local Solar Rules Can Save You Big Bucks; Nathanael Greene, Renewable Energy World, Oct 24, 2014

How California is incentivizing solar to solve the Duck Curve; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Oct 13, 2014

Minnesota Values Solar Generation with New "Value of Solar" Tariff; Karlynn Cory, National Renewable Energy Lab, Oct 3, 2014

PACE Financing Set to Expand Commercial Solar Market; AJ Jenkins, Renewable Energy World, Sept 24, 2014

New California Law Cuts Solar-Permitting Red Tape; Eric Wesoff, GreentechSolar, Sept 23, 2014

White House announces plan to train 50,000 people, including veterans, to install solar panels; Josh Lederman, Associated Press (via OPB), Sept 18, 2014

California Encourages West-facing Solar Panels; Christopher Minott, Renewable Energy World, Sept 11, 2014

Could FERC Implement a Carbon Price Equivalent?; Kennedy Maize, POWERmag, Aug 25, 2014

Landmark Ruling Opens Grid to Renewable Energy; SustainableBusiness.com News, Aug 18, 2014

Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America's Solar Energy Boom in 2013; Jordan Schneider & Rob Sargent, Environment New York, Aug 2014

Jon Wellinghoff: Utilities should not operate the distribution grid; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Aug 15, 2014

Enhancing the Investor Appeal of Renewable Energy [with FITs in the USA]—A review; Paul Gipe, wind-works.org, July 23, 2014

Addressing Climate Change Without Legislation; Steven Weissman & Romany Webb, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, July 2014

Minnesota's Value of Solar; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, April 9, 2014

Shared Clean Energy Program Advances in Connecticut Legislature; Hannah Masterjohn, Vote Solar, March 27, 2014 (via RenewableEnergyWorld.com)

Renewable Energy Cooperative Bill Passes, Signed by Governor Kitzhaber; Mark Pengilly, March 24, 2014

100% renewable energy is only a matter of political will; Ann, 100% Renewables, March 11, 2014

Solar, Will You Marry Me? (For a Contract Period of 20 Years); Laurel Passera, Renewable Energy World, February 14, 2014



Something to copy from Germany: transparency of energy data; Craig Morris, Energy Transition: The German Energiewende, December 4, 2013

US-German Clean Energy Leadership Series, Vol 1: November 2013; Transatlantic Climate Bridge, a program of the German Ministry for the Environment and U.S. Department of Energy

Xcel's Proposed Minnesota Community Solar Program Needs Improvement; John Farrell, Renewable Energy World, November 19, 2013

Model US Feed-in Tariff Bill (Indiana 2013); Paul Gipe, wind-works.org, November 14, 2013

Solar Power Begins to Shine as Environmental Benefits Pay Off; Diana S. Powers, New York Times, November 11, 2013

Germany meeting goals, controlling PV market by feed-in tariff reductions, "reform" unnecessary; Bernard Chabot, Solar Server, November 11, 2013

IEA Says Feed-in Tariffs Driving Force in Solar PV Worldwide; Paul Gipe, wind-works.org, November 1, 2013

Crowdsourcing Energy: A Case for Feed-in Tariffs; Tam Hunt, Renewable Energy World, October 31, 2013

Sticking Points on Value of Solar – Pt. 3 of Minnesota's Process; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Oct 31, 2013

Setting the Value of Solar – Part 1 of Minnesota's Process; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Sep 27, 2013

Under Threat, German Utility Says It Will Create a New 'Prosumer Business Model'; Stephen Lacey, the energy collective, October 25, 2013

Photovoltaic System Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections (2013 Edition); Prepared jointly by Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory — Briefing Presentation; Briefing Webinar archive, Vote Solar; September 16, 2013

Why Are Some Big Utilities Embracing Small-Scale Solar Power?; Maria Gallucci, InsideClimate News, Sep 12, 2013

Non-Hardware ("Soft") Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics, 2013-2020; Kristen Ardani, Dan Seif, et al., National Renewable Energy Laboratory & Rocky Mountain Institute, August 2013

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Solar Legislation* (*Ask CSU); Nora Caley, Solar Industry Magazine, June 6, 2013

Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker; Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State

Udall Introduces Bill to Encourage Colorado Communities to Develop Solar Energy Projects; Press Release, June 26, 2013

America's Power Plan; curated by Energy Foundation/Energy Innovation, 2013

Vermont's Solar Deal: One Small State Makes a Big Solar Impact; Meg Cichon, RenewableEnergyWorld.com, March 19, 2012

Delaware's 2013 Procurement Program Approved by the DE PSC; Anna Noucas, RenewableEnergyWorld.com, February 20, 2013


PACE Financing on the Rebound; Jeff St. John, greentech:enterprise, February 10, 2012

PACE-ing in Purgatory: Outlook for Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing, By Jordan M. Collins, Mintz Levin, January 19, 2012

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