This year has been a mixed bag for state-level energy policy.
Overall, solar deployment expanded dramatically. In some states, growth was aided by expansions to net energy metering (NEM) and other policies facilitating distributed energy resources (DER). In others, however, those policies came under attack. South Carolina, for instance, became the latest state to set a renewable energy target, while Ohio became the first state to put a freeze on its progress toward its target.
California saw lots of activity this year on DER, with policymakers establishing an enormous energy storage procurement program and the phase-out of its highly successful solar initiative. California still leads in clean energy on many fronts, but today, there are lots of other markets to keep track of — some of which have been friendlier to renewables and other advanced energy technologies than others. Here are some of the highlights.