SolarConn Update 190403 (bill tracker; VNM, VoltVar)
Updated: Apr 22, 2019
CT Bill Tracker Update
Commercial Update: Virtual Net Metering
SolarConn To PURA: "EDC's Misread PURA's Voltage Variation Order"
PURA SB9 Action continues
SolarConn Member Opinion Pieces Runs on CTMirror.com
Bill Tracker Here. Click live links and NOTES column for additional bill details.
You'll notice on the Bill Tracker that a bill to increase the virtual net metering cap, HB 7115, did not get reported out of the Energy Committee before the Committee's deadline. While the bill is dead, we are recruiting support in Hartford for a VNM amendment. To convince lawmakers to tag (amend) VNM language onto another bill, we must get lawmakers to understand that VNM provides benefits to towns and that the towns lawmakers represent want VNM. We do this two ways:  we need municipal VNM users (your customers) to write testimonials (letters/email) of how VNM is saving the towns money and,  we need letters/email (just a paragraph or two) from VNM prospects saying how badly they want VNM. I will collect these letters and forward them to key lawmakers. I met last week with the lobbyist who represents the CT Conference of Municipalities (CCM). CCM, the association that represents towns and cities, wants VNM. They're going to work with us. We'll only be successful if SolarConn members take action to secure support letters/email. Whatever I get from you by April 17 will be sent to state lawmakers.
Last month, PURA ordered the EDCs to make SolarConn's requested voltage variation change for residential and commercial projects. I've already heard that this change will cut thousands, even tens of thousands on equipment upgrades. The EDCs recently wrote PURA that they're prepared to make the change for systems up to 20kW. We've written to PURA asking PURA to remind the EDCs of the PURA ruling that voltage variation change is to apply to commercial too: http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/dockcurr.nsf/All/8823FB274E20DFE0852583D0004F8DB6?OpenDocument
Today in New Britain, PURA will collect additional testimony from SolarConn, DEEP, Green Bank, the EDCs and others on how to create a new residential (post RSIP) tariff. See attached agenda. While we and out allies got the CT Legislature's Energy Committee to agree to block the start of Senate Bill 9's (SB9) tariffs and NEM changes, the Energy Committee bill passed last month, 7251, is not yet law. In the event our bill (7251) fails, SB9 will roll out later this year meaning the discussion on how to create tariffs continues at PURA.
CTMirror.com today runs an opinion piece from SolarConn member Noel Lafayette here: https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/do-not-bury-solar-energy-in-connecticut/
Michael Trahan Executive Director SolarConnecticut "Connecticut's Solar Industry Group Since 2007" P.O. Box 515 Higganum, CT 06441 860-256-1698 firstname.lastname@example.org