Opportunities for Solar Energy in a Restructured Utility System

J. Sol. Energy Eng 122(3), 117-121 (Aug 01, 2000) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1307999 History:

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Post Script: On April 26, 2000, just one week after this talk was given, the Arizona Corporation Commission unanimously approved R14-2-1618: the Solar and Environmentally Friendly Portfolio Standard, which incorporates the recommendations put forth in this talk. This requires electricity providers to obtain a portion of the power they sell specifically from solar sources. Beginning January 1, 2001, all electricity providers in the state must obtain 0.2% of the power they sell from renewable sources. Half of that amount must be obtained from solar technologies, such as solar thermal heat or PV; the other half can come from wind, biomass, or land fill gas. The portfolio percentage is to double in 2002 and increase to 1% in 2005. The portfolio standard will be paid for by a “systems benefit charge” that is projected to raise $15 to $20 million each year to support the solar program.




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