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Large-scale utility projects have grown rapidly in recent years; Texas ranks seventh in nation

By Ryan Maye Handy

The installed capacity of so-called utility-scale projects — greater than one megawatt, or enough to power 200 homes on a hot Texas day — has increased an average of more than 70 percent a year between 2010 and 2016 to about 21,500 megawatts, with about half of that capacity coming online in the last two years.
Texas has lagged other states in solar power growth, largely because it does not offer any tax credits or other incentives. It also lacks a so-called net metering law which requires utilities to buy excess power from rooftop and other small systems, which also brings down the cost.
Note: Net-metering is offered by some utilities. CPS Energy of San Antonio does have net-metering.
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I know the Pinnacle corporation which is the parent company of Arizona Public Service APS made contributions to the utilities commission candidates and then hid the contributions.

APS has enacted a special fee for new solar users, complaining that the infrastructure is not supported by solar users. I do find it a bit hard to believe as any excess gets immediately sold to my neighbors for up to $0.254 a kWh. Hmmm big lose there, no generation, transportation and almost no infrastructure in use.

I am fortunate in that our generation is grandfathered in under the old rules on a now closed rate plan. APS has been try to get the corporate commission to go on peak demand charges. That completely changes the game to a fully automated house that controls loads to keep the peak at a minimum. The big problem in AZ with peak demand is the run cycles on the AC units.
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