North Carolina Avoided Cost Docket Testimony

I recently filed testimony on Value of Solar in the North Carolina Utilities Commission avoided cost proceeding. My filing was on behalf of the great folks at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (

The utilities in North Carolina seek low avoided costs because that is the amount they want to pay to independent generators - like the folks with rooftop solar systems. The Value of Solar issue is that if the utility would value solar appropriately, the payments to solar generators would be more fair, and the solar market would move more rapidly to sustainability.

Here is a link to the officially-filed


Here is a
link to a powerful study of the benefits and costs of solar energy to North Carolina electric ratepayers conducted by Crossborder Energy.

Solar Valuation Regulators Guidebook

I have been working for the past few months with the good folks at IREC, SEIA, Vote Solar and others to develop a reference text for assessing the costs and benefits of distributed solar. It was published just over a week ago!

I had a chance to work with one of the smartest people in the biz, Jason Keyes, who also provides legal, regulatory, and policy support for IREC - the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, where I sit as a member of the Board.

You can get the paper at IREC’s website,

I have also attached it here. Happy reading, and feel free to share your thoughts!