At GetSolar, we strive to maintain a balanced viewpoint on the clean energy marketplace. We rarely take or advocate a strong unilateral stance on an issue. This week we are making an exception for the recent activities of the American Petroleum Institute (API), America's largest oil and gas trade association. In keeping with our policy of informed debate, it is essential to examine what appear to be unethical efforts of API to undermine Congressional support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES), the Waxman-Markey bill that includes cap and trade legislation and which is moving into the Senate this fall.
It's hard to know what to focus on when the last several days have seen so much hustle and bustle in the solar world. But the biggest news: New Jersey is accepting applications for solar rebates. Again. Why is this shocking? Well, you might remember how the CORE program sort of, er, ran out of money partway through last year's funding cycle. After this crisis, the state decided to implement a different incentive scheme: namely, SREC trading for both residential and commercial solar customers. If you entered into that scheme, you were not eligible for any cash rebate--it was SREC only.