The Value of Solar Versus Fossil Fuels series was written by Nancy LaPlaca, Matt Kasper, and Gabe Elsner.
The first report analyzes recent decisions by regulators and reports from Wall Street firms outlining the economic impact solar energy has on the ratepayer.
The second report highlights the external costs of fossil fuels and shows that when these very real “extra” costs are added solar power is a clear economic winner. It also targets states that are fighting against previously enacted solar energy legislation, while spending millions of dollars importing coal.
The third report draws attention to the benefits that solar energy provides for the electric grid, including how solar makes the grid more robust and resilient.
The fourth report will provide policy recommendations for officials at the federal, state, and local level across the country.
Wall Street Favors Solar As Utilities Face Financial Threat For the past few decades the electricity sector in the U.S. has faced almost no competition and enjoyed access to cheap credit. This is because utility companies are able use rates […]
Introduction Ratepayers and customers have been led to believe that a power plant burning coal or natural gas is the cheapest form of electricity and therefore, should be prioritized over renewable energy generation. However, ratepayers are paying for more than […]
Background: The Aging Power Grid Knowing of how the electrical system works is critical to understanding why and how solar energy benefits the power grid. The U.S. electric grid consists of large high-power voltage lines, substations, and transformers, all of […]