Power Lines Blog

Who’s Really Paying for Solar Power?

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In the long term, does solar really save costs for society as a whole? Or does it simply shift the costs from solar customers to utilities, and in turn to other electricity customers who don’t use solar? Can utilities set rates that are fair to all? A new white paper offers an analytical framework to help decision makers assess the benefits and costs, and manage the trade-offs inherent in the use of solar PV.

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Protecting Water for Power

Waters Rule

The EPA tracks use of water to ensure minimal repercussions on wildlife and the natural environment. A proposed power plant water intake regulation under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act requires utilities to put controls on most existing power plants if state agencies decide that the utility’s water intake conditions might endanger aquatic life.

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