Is ‘Value of Solar’ a Real Value?

Net metering — which requires utilities to purchase energy generated by a consumer and offset the energy provided by the utility — has been around since the early 1980s, with 43 states adopting versions as of 2014. Minnesota, which passed net metering in 1983, is now the first state to adopt the new policy known as Value of Solar. This new policy is meant to make a transparent and market-based price for solar energy, but is it truly better than net metering for the solar-generating customer?


Pennsylvania is the Second-Friendliest State for Renewable Energy

Pennsylvania is the second-friendliest state for renewable energy according to the new state energy rankings from EnergyTrends.org.

Pennsylvania has seen strong growth in renewable energy, particularly for wind and hydroelectric energy.

Meanwhile, overall energy consumption was reduced, including in all four major sectors of the economy: Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Transportation.

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Southeast States Use the Most Electricity, Mostly

In EnergyTrends.org’s latest state rankings for electricity use, once again, the majority of states that used the most electricity per person in 2011 came from the southeast.

There are many factors that can affect a state’s electricity use: the type and size of industry and commercial enterprises along with the weather to name a few. For instance, if the year was particularly hot or cold can affect the amount of electricity used, since air conditioning is a big factor and some states rely on electricity for heating systems more than others.

Within the five states that used the most electricity, Wyoming had the heaviest footprint with Kentucky (2nd), North Dakota (3rd), Louisiana (4th) and Alabama (5th).

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