Utility Regulatory Policies

Solar related regulations developed and enforced by FERC and state utility regulatory bodies, including electric rate structures, utility investment decision criteria, and the regulated value of solar.

While there are many different solar related policies on the federal, state, and local levels, the three most important and impactful solar policy drivers are the federal 30-percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC), state renewable portfolio standards, and...
Most current research has shown that, because US solar penetration rates are (so far) relatively low, adding solar energy to the grid has produced net benefits when the full value of solar power is considered. Those additional benefits include: