Wyoming residential solar study webinar scheduled for June 13

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — In a free webinar at 11 a.m. June 13, Crossborder Energy will release findings of a report on the value of residential rooftop solar for ratepayers in the service territories of several Wyoming utilities.

Powder River Basin Resource Council, Wyoming Outdoor Council, and the Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club commissioned the study.

Tom Beach, a principal consultant for the study, and Patrick McGuire will present the study’s main findings of the study. Participants will be able to ask questions about rooftop solar and net metering in Wyoming.

Beach has about four decades of experience in rate design and ratemaking issues for natural gas and electric utilities. He worked on the implementation of PURPA as a staff member at the California Public Utilities Commission in the 1980s.

Beach said the study examined benefits and costs of net metered residential solar systems in the Wyoming service territories of Rocky Mountain Power and two rural electric cooperatives.

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“We concluded that the benefits exceed the costs, such that there is no “cost shift” from net metering in Wyoming,” he said. “Our study also found that rooftop solar is a cost-effective resource in Wyoming, and measures to encourage greater adoption of this clean resource would benefit all ratepayers in the state.”

Scott Kane of Creative Energies will moderate the webinar. Kane, a certified solar PV installer, has served on the Wyoming Outdoor Council’s board of directors and is involved in climate change awareness and advocacy work.

Participants must register for the webinar at bit.ly/RoofSolarWY. The webinar will run from 11 a.m. to noon.

To learn more about the webinar series, contact Shannon Anderson of Powder River Basin Resource Council at sanderson@powderriverbasin.org or 307-763-0995 or Wyoming Outdoor Council Conservation Advocate John Burrows at johnb@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org or 307-438-1956.

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