CLG discusses solar development in New England at March 2016 meeting
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 12:02PM
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On March 10, the Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) met in Cromwell, Connecticut to discuss Solar Development in New England: Consumer Protection, Costs and Benefits, and What Does it Mean for the Wholesale Market? Elin Swanson Katz, the Consumer Counsel for Connecticut, delivered the keynote address. With more than 10,000 solar installations across the state, Katz showcased the success of solar programs and policies in Connecticut. She encouraged the state to take a detailed look at the incentives driving solar development with an eye towards reducing costs now that the solar industry has matured. She laid out six principles to consider moving forward:

  1. Support robust solar development with reasonable and declining incentives
  2. Do not undermine investments made in response to state policies by making major changes
  3. Ensure equitable sharing of the benefits and burdens of solar policy
  4. Ensure rooftop solar is being fairly marketed with regard to costs and potential benefits
  5. Ensure solar is accounted for in regional planning
  6. Maintain a balance to avoid premature retirements of fossil and nuclear capacity

Joseph Rosenthal, Principal Attorney for the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel, moderated a panel of energy industry and ISO representatives, including:

The meeting concluded with an update from Anne George, Vice President of External Affairs & Corporate Communications for ISO New England. George discussed the results of FCA #10, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on demand response, and wholesale electricity costs for 2015.

All of the presentations from this meeting can be found on the ISO’s Consumer Liaison Group webpage.

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