Solar PV Systems and Capacity Registered in the PA AEPS – By State PV Systems in operation as of 6/4/2014
SREC Status in PA PA SREC market still vastly oversupplied: Twice as much solar PV capacity is registered in the PA AEPS than the SREC requirement as of June, 2014 ~ 44% of the total capacity of PV systems registered in the PA AEPS are out of state projects After over two years, the average PA SREC price jumped from around $15/SREC to ~ $55+/SREC by January 2014, and stayed at that price until about two weeks ago, when Ohio’s RPS was frozen. The PA SREC price dropped to about $45/SREC since and may continue to drop
Status in PA (Legislation/Regulation) HB100/SB1171 (Vitali/Leach) still pending: Tier 1 - 8% 20%; Solar - 0.5% 1.5% Closing PA Borders PASEIA doesn’t feel this is likely to pass PA PUC Proposed Rulemaking Order Officially Published in the PA Bulletin on 7/5/2014, With Regard to Cl arifying Rules on Net Metering, Interconnection and the AEPS (30 days for comments) PASEIA closely working with Net Metering Coalition including PennFuture, Nat. SEIA, Sierra Club, Clean Air Council, Sustainable Development Fund, SEF, MAREA, and others
EDC/Default Service Providers (DSP) and implications Utility/Non-Utility definition Virtual Net Metering language (same customer generators, non-generation load) Changing Net Metering year from Jun 1 – May 31, to May 1 – Apr 30 (should be calendar year) PUC giving themselves the authority to establish a fee 110% language changes. Extension to residential customers, impact to 3 rd party generators New application for >500 kW installs; EDC required to send application to PUC for approval – up to 50 day timeline (too long); must not interrupt IC review timeline Dispute option under interconnection: PUC proposes to remove “technical master”; PASEIA disagrees Require revenue grade meters for PV systems under 15 kW – PASEIA agrees PUC proposing to use a heavy hand with regard to suspending systems’ SREC generation, due to fraud, etc. Proposed Rulemaking Order Issues
Will be testifying in Pittsburgh, PA on August 1, regarding EPA’s proposed 111(d) ruling; representing SEIA, MSEIA and PASEIA EPA Listening Sessions
On a Positive Note…. PASEIA is looking for common ground with utilities and recently met with one of them to start the dialogue. PASEIA acknowledged the utility's concern about lost revenue due to net metering, but the utility was also interested to learn more about the value of solar. Further discussions on the topics are expected to continue.