Renewable energy can drive enormous job growth, and local investment, with some reports estimating that it will generate over 55,000 additional job-years worked right here in Virginia by 2030. The key to tapping this potential is integrating new sources of energy into the existing electric grid. Since the grid is heavily regulated, this means finding policy solutions that give new sources of energy the space they need to grow. That is why many in the solar industry strongly advocate for
Utilities in southern states are evolving towards a renewable future by embracing their solar energy potential and developing beyond federal renewable energy requirements. Major utilities are beginning to step up and procure or build solar without the requirements of a state Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) or other incentives. GTM refers to this market trend as ‘voluntary procurement’ (voluntary procurement is defined as the utility either purchasing the energy and environmental attributes from a third-party or owning the solar power plant).
VIRGINIA’S COMPETITIVE SOLAR INDUSTRY MAY HAVE PRIED OPEN SOME MARKET ACCESS, BUT THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
In the State Corporation Commission (SCC) hearing last Thursday, Francis Hodsoll on behalf of MDV-SEIA (the local solar association) testified to the benefits from competitive third-party solar. Mr. Hodsoll has 20 years’ experience in the energy industry including leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. He compared costs, risks and likely future deployments of solar energy from competitively procured solar power in contrast to a plant built and operated by the regulated monopoly Virginia Electric Power, Dominion’s Virginia
LET THE VIRGINIA ADVANCE ENERGY INDUSTRIES BUILD IT (not Dominion), AND THEY WILL COME It is a basic desire of all Americans (and Virginians) to live our lives as we wish; working, employing, purchasing goods, real estate, services, and recreating, each in our personal search for fulfillment. For some, this may take the form of owning a small business and relaxing at a mountain cabin. For others, it may be teaching 8th graders how to solve simultaneous equations and scrapbooking