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MA DPU Approves Demand Charges for Residential Customers

After a ruling by its Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts may be one of the first states to allow utilities to charge a separate demand charge to residential customers who are getting electricity from their own solar power system but remain connected to the grid.

Eversource residential customers who install solar-electric systems before December 31, 2018 will be grandfathered under the old rates. Homeowners installing a solar power system in Massachusetts after January 1, 2019 may be subject to the new residential demand charge.

For the full article on pv-magazine-usa.com – click here.

The United States has notified the World Trade Organization that it is considering imposing emergency tariffs on imported solar cells.

The tariffs would apply only to crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not they are partially or fully assembled into other products, and would apply to imports from any country.

The U.S. International Trade Commission will make a determination on the safeguard investigation, initiated on behalf of U.S. solar panel manufacturer Suniva, by Sept. 22. If it decides to impose tariffs, the ITC will deliver its proposal to the president by Nov. 13

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