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Idaho Power Seeks Changes for Solar Customer Compensation

Traditional state utility companies are scrambling to address rising Infrastructure and maintenance costs. Its an old system and cannot even compete with the simplicity, effectiveness and lower costs of distributed energy systems (solar, wind…etc). By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power said Thursday it wants permission …

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PG&E Rate Increases for 2017 New Year Announced

This will be the first of several new rate increases for 2017…Get ready   The higher bills will kick in just weeks before PG&E is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court for six criminal convictions arising from a fatal pipeline explosion in San Bruno. Combined gas and electric bills will …

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PG&E bills headed higher in 2016/2017

The upcoming increases will arrive in two stages. Starting in March, as a result of previous approvals by the state Public Utilities Commission, electricity bills for average residential customers will rise $2.29 a month, bringing the average residential bill to $149.50 a month. Separately, in papers filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the utility said it needed additional revenue increases from ratepayers that could lead to a $3 a month average rise in gas and electricity bills.

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Research Findings: Does Solar Increase Your Home Value?

This is a very interesting study because it illuminates the value solar adds to home prices. This is above and beyond the actual savings from the solar system itself, based on unpredictable utility rates. A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs shows that residential photovoltaic energy systems in California …

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I’ve Already Upgraded to Solar: How do I Understand my new NEM Bill?

Once you have upgraded your home to solar energy, you will now receive a Net Energy Metering (NEM) statement. This is simply the net amount of energy you have consumed (factoring in what you actually generated from your roof) thru your Utility company (PG&E). The video below will give you …

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How to Read Your PG&E Bill Video

Today’s PG&E bills are so confusing and to really understand how you actually pay for energy, you just need to pay attention to some basic information. The video below does an excellent job on showing you how to read your bill:

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PG&E Rate Confusion: Most Customers do not Understand their Bill (Video)

If you find yourself confused by how you pay for energy, you are not alone. It has become increasingly difficult to understand the “new” PG&E rate plans and how you are actually charged for energy every month. Peninsula resident Marsha Townsend told KPIX 5 the letter came as a surprise. …

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Sunrun Beats Wall Street Projections and Gains Market Share

Choosing a solar company with a sound business model, sustainable growth, trusted partners, clear vision and a solid track record will always be more beneficial to the customer than simply comparing panels and inverters… Sales grew 69 percent in the second quarter for one of the largest residential solar fleets. …

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Net Energy Metering (NEM) Basics and Your Bill

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How Net Energy Metering (NEM) Works It is important to understand how your bill will be impacted when you make the smart decision to upgrade your home to Solar. A simple way to understand net energy is this: Energy you produce, minus the energy you consume, equals net energy. PG&E …

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First California utility hits net metering cap: Impact on New Solar Customers?

PG&E in Northern California is in line to be the next to hit the 5% cap…. It was only a matter of time before SDG&E hit the cap after sounding the alarm a year ago that net metering applications were piling up fast. How will PG&E customers be impacted? PG&E rate payers …

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Solar Tax Credit: How it Works and How to Benefit

Not everyone can benefit from the Investment Tax Credit (ITC)-Check with your tax professional to better understand the impact to your specific situation Congress has voted to extend the solar tax credit for homeowners through 2021. Homeowners, solar companies, and industry advocates alike were given a big Christmas gift in 2015 …

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Sunrun Solar Overview: Creating a Planet Run by the Sun

Very few solar companies have such a rich history and journey like Sunrun Solar… Sunrun is now the third-largest leasing company for solar panel installations in the U.S., with more than $2 billion worth of installations, 100,000 customers and 10 percent market share. The company operates in Hawaii, California, Arizona, …

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