Solar Power

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CLF Fights Back Against Maine’s Disastrous New Solar Rules

“In March, the PUC turned its back on the people of Maine, our laws, our health, and our economic well-being,” said CLF attorney Emily Green. “These new solar rules are regressive, harmful, and illegal, and that’s why we’re pushing back on all fronts. We’re optimistic that the legislature will stand on the side of Mainers and protect our air and our wallets, but if they fail to act, it will fall to the state’s highest court to do the right thing.”

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President Trump Decimates Critical Clean Air Protections

“President Trump’s decision to roll back EPA’s modest, common-sense climate rules betrays his promises to ‘drain the swamp’ and ‘promote clean air and water,'” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “Instead, fossil fuel lobbyists from the swamp are bending a once-revered agency to their will and reversing essential protections. EPA has a legal and moral obligation to protect the public from climate-changing air pollution, and CLF is ready to enforce that obligation despite the president’s despicable action today.”

News Clips
Groups Urge State to Reconsider New Solar Rules

… Emily Green, a lawyer with the Conservation Law Foundation, says the new policy will make it harder to recoup the big upfront investment the technology requires, and runs afoul of existing law that puts a premium on increasing solar build-out in the state. She also says it will end up costing all energy considers…

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A Roadmap for Rooftop Solar in New Hampshire
by Melissa Birchard

On Friday, March 10, CLF filed a groundbreaking agreement with 10 other nonprofits and clean technology companies to create a roadmap for rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources in New Hampshire. The agreement, filed at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC), lays out a two-stage roadmap for the state to follow over the…

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Maine Takes a Giant Step Backward on the Road to Solar Power
by Emily Green

Maine’s Public Utilities Commission just issued the most regressive rule to govern solar energy in the country, including a provision that punishes solar panel owners for generating their own clean electricity. The Commission’s new rule flies in the face of the more than 4,000 comments Mainers filed opposing the draft rule and Mainers’ overwhelming support…

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With Rick Perry at the Helm, U.S. Energy Future Under Threat

“With the Senate’s approval, Rick Perry today joins a long list of cabinet members unabashedly hostile to the missions of their agencies, resistant to the laws Congress has charged them with administering, and unwilling to allow science to guide their decisions,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “This is more reckless than extreme partisanship and more dangerous than overblown rhetoric. It puts every American on notice that the rule of law is in peril.”

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Maine Takes Giant Leap Backward on Solar Energy

“Imagine you make the decision to save money by using a clothesline rather than a dryer, but at the end of the month you are billed for the energy you saved,” said Sean Mahoney, Director of CLF Maine. “That’s what the PUC has just done to every family and business that uses solar power. Revoking the incentive structure alone would have been outrageous, but to go one step further and actually charge us for electricity we’re not buying is downright criminal. Once again, we see this LePage-appointed commission kowtow to the whims of Big Gas and Big Oil while leaving the people of Maine out to dry.”