Forging Sustainable Solar (and Storage) Incentives for New England
Solar installations in New England have risen dramatically, from under 100 MW in 2010, to nearly 3,000 MW this year (and growing rapidly). This growth has been largely due to falling solar prices and very supportive state-sponsored solar incentive programs and policies, such as net metering, solar renewable energy credits (SRECs), and community solar. Significant debate is taking place throughout New England (and nationally) about the sustainability of such solar incentives and policies.
The recent launch of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program is one attempt to create a more sustainable long-term solar incentive program, and the Green Bank in Connecticut is another. All states in New England are currently exploring ways to make solar incentives more sustainable, and to create the right incentives for storage, making this another timely and important Roundtable topic!
Keynotes: Recent State Actions
Commissioner Judith Judson, MA Dept. of Energy Resources
Deputy Commissioner Mary Sotos, CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection
Panel: Stakeholder and Academic Perspectives
Evan Dube, Senior Director of Policy, SunRun
Ilan Gutherz, Senior Director Strategy & Policy, Borrego Solar
Dr. Jesse Jenkins, Fellow, Harvard (Coauthor, MIT Utility of Future Study)
Mark LeBel, Attorney, Acadia Center
Juliana Mandell, Director of Market Development & Policy, ENGIE Storage