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Utility Solar Conference Maps Speed of Change in Energy Sector

When SEPA communications manager K Kaufmann arrived at her first Utility Solar Conference in 2014, she recalls, some utilities saw solar as a threat. Looking at the USC agenda for 2016, she says, many now see it as an opportunity.

The Return of the Renewable Energy Certificate Zombie

With a new wave of consumer electricity programs and technologies, such as community solar, battery storage, and evolving utility rate agreements, REC ownership has once again risen as an issue.

The story behind the numbers: Utility Solar Top 10 Preview

SEPA's 9th annual Utility Solar Survey will provide a concise picture of solar market trends and a few surprises according to Ryan Edge, the research analyst leading this year’s effort. Here, Edge looks behind the numbers to the different state markets and incentives that are driving the increasingly diverse solar sector across the country.

Key questions on SEPA's name change

Answers to key questions regarding SEPA's name change reveal and what a new name means for the organization.

The real net metering story: Not precedents, but many solutions

Stories on recent changes to net metering policies in Hawaii, California and Nevada have all turned on the same question: Will this approach become a precedent? SEPA's K Kaufmann says we should be focusing instead on the diversity of potential solutions now surfacing.

Oh Canada! NB Power turns renewable energy into firm power

New Brunswick Power has a new approach for integrating variable renewable energy onto the grid -- controlling the electricity load to turn intermittent wind into firm power. SEPA's Bob Gibson reports back from the recent DistribuTECH conference in Florida.

ITC impact: Q4 shift toward sustained growth in utility-scale solar

2015 saw an unexpected dip in the utility-scale solar market, with new completed projects down from the previous year by more than a gigawatt. But the ITC extension and a healthy project pipeline should lay a foundation for sustained growth in utility-scale going forward.

Beyond technology: Why the energy transition needs social science

The energy transition currently underway in this country and around the world involves two different, but interrelated forces -- technological change and social change. Guest blogger Jennie C. Stephens, a professor at the University of Vermont, argues that more attention needs to be paid to the social side of the equation.

SEPA 2016 research offerings reflect expanded mission

The expansion of SEPA's mission, adding demand response and other distributed energy resources to its core focus on solar, means the organization will be offering a range of new research in 2016. Erika Myers, SEPA's Senior Manager for Research, previews reports and other research offerings to be released in the next few months.

Cost vs. output: A maturing solar industry focuses on long-term project performance

The Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Asset Management and Performance conference, held recently in Newport Beach, California, reflected both the shifting focus of a maturing technology sector and the healthy debate taking place around key issues. SEPA staffers Jennifer Szaro, Erika Myers and Daisy Chung report on conference highlights.

SEPA's 51st State: A virtual 'atlas' for energy system transition

The need for a set of regional “road maps” for energy system change is a main driver for the second phase of the Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA’s) 51st State Initiative. The individuals and groups set to create these maps range from a major investor-owned utility to nonprofits to individual researchers.