Almost every state took some solar policy action in 2022
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center found in its 2022 annual review that 46 states plus Washington, D.C., took some action on solar policy last year. The greatest number of actions related to net-metering, community solar and residential fixed-charge increases.
The Center for Biological Diversity appeals California’s NEM 3.0 decision
The Center for Biological Diversity and two other environmental justice groups appealed the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision to significantly slash compensation to the state’s rooftop solar customers in NEM 3.0. The appeal asks that the CPUC redo its analysis because it devalued rooftop solar based on flawed modeling that ignored net metering’s benefits to environmental justice communities.
Earthjustice challenges MISO rule that restricts renewable ancillary services
Earthjustice filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on behalf of SEIA challenging a rule that prohibits renewables from providing ancillary services. The groups are asking FERC to order the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) to put a stop to its practice of explicitly prohibiting wind, solar and battery hybrid resources from providing additional grid-supportive services.
Minnesota legislature passes 100% Clean Energy bill
Saint Paul, Minnesota
On February 3, the Minnesota State Senate passed the year’s first 100% clean energy bill and sent it to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk. The legislation mandates a transition to 100% carbon-free energy by 2040 and also includes investments into environmental justice communities.