SEPA’s press releases provide information about the latest news from within the organization. Check back here to find out where utilities rank in our annual Utility Solar Rankings Survey, what to expect from an upcoming conference or event, or what SEPA President & CEO Julia Hamm has to say about significant news stories in the utility solar arena.

2016 Project of Distinction Winners Announced

A 104-year-old Illinois construction company, a Wisconsin electric cooperative, a Michigan affordable housing nonprofit and an Indiana school district are being recognized for the innovative solar projects they have built and put online since the beginning of 2015. >>

SEPA Welcomes Energy Industry Innovators to Board of Directors

The Smart Electric Power Alliance has named three new members to its Board of Directors, all energy industry executives driving business and technical innovation at their respective companies. >>

SEPA and Chadbourne Partner on 2016 Update of Utility Solar Tax Manual

The Smart Electric Power Alliance, in partnership with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, announce the release of the 2016 re-issue of SEPA’s Utility Solar Tax Manual. >>

SEPA Names Former U.S. Department of Commerce Official Mike Kruger as Director of Communications

The Smart Electric Power Alliance has named Mike Kruger as the new Director of Communications. Kruger most recently served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of Commerce. >>

SEPA releases new ‘Distributed Energy Resources Capabilities Guide’

The Smart Electric Power Alliance's new report, "Distributed Energy Resources Capabilities Guide," covers the technical capabilities of distributed energy resources to provide critical grid-support services to help utilities maintain reliability as they integrate more intermittent renewables. >>

SEPA Lays Out Blueprints to Utility-Solar Industry Collaboration at SPI

As Solar Power International opens with a focus on collaboration and innovation, the Smart Electric Power Alliance is releasing a new report aimed at providing utilities and distributed technology organizations with plans for working together on new energy market structures. >>

SEPA and Nexant Roll Out New Methodology for Valuing DERs

Locational value, the potential to defer traditional "wires" investments, is a key value proposition for DERs, such as battery storage, distributed solar, energy efficiency and demand response. The Smart Electric Power Alliance, in partnership with Nexant, announces the release of a new report entitled: “Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources.” >>

SEPA Names 2016 Solar Power Players Award Winners

The Smart Electric Power Alliance has announced the winners of its 2016 Solar Power Player Awards, to be honored Sept. 13 as part of Solar Power International in Las Vegas. >>

Solar Power International to Light Up Las Vegas Sept. 12-15

Nevada has become ground zero for the solar industry, with its intense levels of sunshine; iconic solar projects; and equally intense policy debates over net energy metering and rate reform. So it’s no coincidence that Solar Power International (SPI) has returned to Las Vegas this year, Sept. 12-15. >>

SEPA Announces Finalists For 2016 Solar Power Players Awards

An investor-owned utility that cut its approval time for rooftop solar applications from more than two months to two and a half days. A municipal utility that has turned rooftop solar into a customer service working with local solar installers; and a green power electric cooperative that has put solar within the reach of more than 30 other cooperatives and thousands of customers across its state. The finalists for SEPA’s Solar Power Players Awards reflect the innovative and leading role U.S. utilities are playing in the growth of smart solar programs that make clean energy accessible to all their customers and provide replicable models for other companies to follow. >>

Community Solar Poised for Big Market Gains

Community solar projects could give millions of U.S. households access to clean energy, according to a new report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Shelton Group. But the biggest obstacle to connecting customers to community solar may be lack of information. >>

SEPA Issues 2015 Solar Market Snapshot

Based on SEPA’s annual Solar Market Survey of hundreds of utilities across the country, the report provides a clear picture of a market in transition, mixing record growth and ongoing price cuts with increasing technological and policy complexity. >>

SEPA’s 51st State initiative receives a Keystone Leadership Award

Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and its 51st State Initiative have been named as the winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. >>

SEPA's 2015 Utility Solar Top 10: Utilities Make Solar Smart

DENVER -- Southern California Edison connected 1,258 new megawatts of solar power to the grid in 2015, more than any other utility in the United States, according to the annual utility solar market survey conducted by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), formerly the Solar Electric Power Association. >>

SEPA Report Details Key Drivers for Cutting Utility-Scale Solar LCOE

As energy industry news stories tout record lows in utility-scale solar prices in a handful of jurisdictions across the country, a growing number of utilities are considering integrating these projects into their resource portfolios. But, as a new report shows, not all solar projects are created equal. >>

SEPA 51st State Road Maps for Energy System Change Now Public

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has announced that the 13 road maps for energy system transition that it received for Phase II of its 51st State Initiative are now online. The papers lay out very diverse plans for getting from today’s energy system to a future with more solar and distributed energy resources (DERs)-- such as storage and demand response -- a more interactive grid, and more technology, service and rate options for consumers. >>

Nominations Open for SEPA's 2016 Solar Power Players Awards

SEPA’s Solar Power Players Awards recognize compelling and innovative efforts to advance solar by electric utilities and their industry partners. Nominations for the 2016 awards open Tuesday, March 15, and close Wednesday, May 4. >>

Planning for the Distributed Energy Future

SEPA and Black & Veatch released their white paper based on interviews with leaders at five large U.S. utilities. It profiles emerging utility planning practices for distributed energy resources, such as demand response technologies and electric vehicles. >>

SEPA to become the Smart Electric Power Alliance

In response to the continuing evolution of solar and clean energy, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) will officially become the Smart Electric Power Alliance on April 11, 2016. >>

Ken Doyle Named SEPA Chief Operating Officer

Washington, DC February 1, 2016— Kenneth A. (Ken) Doyle, an association executive with more than four decades of experience, this month stepped into the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). As COO, Doyle joins the nonprofit’s executive leadership team and provides oversight in programs and meetings, finance, operations, marketing, membership, human resources, and management information systems. >>

SEPA Report Provides Models for Community Solar Success

WASHINGTON, DC: Community solar projects are popular and popping up across the country, but not all of these programs -- which allow people to buy into a local project and benefit from their share of the electricity it generates -- are equally successful. A recent survey by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) found that of 25 active projects reporting figures, one-third were fully subscribed, but one quarter had less that 50-percent participation. >>

SEPA and ADS Join Forces

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) announced today that they are joining forces and will now move forward as one organization under the SEPA banner. >>

Membership Elects New Directors to Board

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has announced the results of the nonprofit organization’s annual elections for its Board of Directors. Five new members were elected to the Board in elections held last month. >>

Jim Rogers and Ron Binz Join SEPA Board of Directors

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has announced that Jim Rogers, former Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy and current CEO of Intrepid Energy Partners, LLC, and Ron Binz, former Chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Principal at Public Policy Consulting in Denver, have joined its Board of Directors. >>

Utility Solar Continues to Drive Market Growth Across the United States

Pacific Gas & Electric claimed the top spot in the Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA’s) Top 10 rankings of U.S. utilities that put the most megawatts of solar on the grid in 2014. Meanwhile, the Pickwick Electric Cooperative of Selmer, Tenn., was named No. 1 in the rankings for adding the most solar watts per customer. >>

SEPA Announces Judges for Solar Power Players Awards

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has announced that nine industry experts will choose the 2015 winners of its annual Solar Power Players awards, formerly the Utility Solar awards. The awards recognize solar advances in the electric utility industry, with a focus on innovation and replicability. The six Solar Power Player categories are Investor-Owned Utility, Public Power Utility, Electric Cooperative and Innovative Partner for companies and Solar Champion for individuals. >>

Three Concepts Selected As Focus Of SEPA's 51st State Summit On April 27

The Solar Electric Power Association will focus discussion at its 51st State Summit on Monday April 27 in San Diego on three concepts selected from a dozen submitted by individuals and organizations from across the energy industry. A panel of five energy leaders chose the submissions as representative of some of the most creative and thought-provoking ideas put forward in response to SEPA's challenge to take a 'clean slate' approach to designing a 21st century energy system. >>

Tanuj Deora Joins SEPA as Chief Strategy Officer

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has announced that Tanuj Deora has joined the educational nonprofit’s executive team in the newly created position of Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President. Deora will provide strategic direction and leadership for SEPA and oversee the organization’s advisory services, education, research and communications activities. >>

SEPA Awarded U.S. Department of Energy $700K Award to Conduct Community Solar Study

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today announced that it has received a $705,830 competitive award from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative for a first-of-its-kind project aimed at accelerating the spread of community solar energy programs across the country. >>

SEPA Membership Elects New Directors to Board

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has announced the results of the nonprofit organization’s annual elections for its Board of Directors. Four incumbents and three new members were elected to the board. >>

2014 SEPA Annual Awards Winners

An investor-owned utility in Georgia, a public power utility in Northern California and an electric cooperative in Southern Maryland. What these three seemingly disparate and very different utilities have in common is a commitment to pushing ahead with solar energy projects that this year earned them awards from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), announced today at Solar Power International in Las Vegas. In addition to the three utilities -- Georgia Power, the City of Palo Alto Utilities and the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative -- SEPA also named Warren McKenna of the Farmers Electric Cooperative as Utility CEO of the Year and Clean Power Research as Innovative Solar Partner of the Year. >>

Mark C. Kimble of the Solar Electric Power Association Completes First Year at Institute for Organization Management

WASHINGTON, D.C.—June 9,2014 Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Mark C. Kimble, Executive Vice President, of the Solar Electric Power Association has recently completed his first year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. >>

SEPA Analysis Shows that 10 Utilities Accounted for 82 Percent of All Integrated Solar Capacity in 2013

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today named the Top 10 American electric utilities that in 2013 added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis. >>

SEPA Welcomes New Board Members

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced today the election of seven new members to its Board of Directors and the re-election of two members to additional terms. >>

SEPA Honors David Bissell as Utility CEO of the Year

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), an educational non-profit focused on helping utilities integrate solar electric power into their energy portfolios, today announced that David Bissell, CEO of Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), has been named Utility CEO of the Year in SEPA’s 2013 Utility Awards Program. >>

SEPA Awards Honor Leadership in Customer Programs and Innovative Business Models for Solar Electric Power

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), an educational non-profit focused on helping utilities integrate solar electric power into their energy portfolios, today announced the winners of its 2013 Utility Awards Program. This year’s honorees – Green Mountain Power (GMP), Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) and Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) – were selected for their leadership in customer programs and innovative business models that advance the use of solar. >>

SEPA Comments on Utility Investments in Distributed Solar Companies

Washington,D.C. – This week, two utility holding companies' plans for significant investments in distributed solar companies were announced. >>

SEPA Report Reveals Annual Solar Capacity Surpassed 2 GW for First Time in 2012

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today released the full 2012 Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings Report, which ranks utilities nationally and by utility type for more than 260 of the most solar-active utilities, representing 96 percent of the U.S. solar electric power market. >>

CleanTECH San Diego and the Solar Electric Power Association Present the San Diego Solar Energy Symposium

SAN DIEGO – March 1, 2012 – In an effort to continue the San Diego region’s rapid deployment of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar power installations, CleanTECH San Diego and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) are co-hosting the San Diego Solar Energy Symposium on March 6 at the University of San Diego (USD). The symposium will feature a number of distinguished guests from the solar industry to discuss the future of solar power in San Diego. “No matter how much has been done, we’ve only just tapped into the full potential of rooftop solar solutions and mass adoption,” said Jim Waring, President and Chief Executive Officer of CleanTECH San Diego. “The lessons learned are the platform from which the region can grow to reach its full solar energy potential.” >>

Municipal Utilities Boost Local Economies with Solar Energy

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday the City Council of Palo Alto, California approved the Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program, a program developed by the city’s municipal utility that will expand the use of solar energy within its service territory. The approval of the Palo Alto CLEAN Program, also known as a feed-in tariff, highlights the trend towards use of innovative program models by municipal utilities across the country as solar energy becomes more cost competitive and in greater demand by customers. >>

SEPA Welcomes New Vice President of Utility Strategy

Washington, D.C. – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is proud to announce and welcome Eran Mahrer into the newly created position of Vice President, Utility Strategy. In this role, Mr. Mahrer will lead SEPA’s efforts in engaging utilities to develop best-in-class solar strategies and practices. He will work closely with utility leaders, regulators, developers and other key stakeholders to position solar energy as a core resource for utilities. >>

SEPA Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Helping Utilities Integrate Solar Power

Washington, D.C. – 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). During that time, solar energy has advanced from a niche resource with limited applications to a significant energy source for electric utilities and their customers across the U.S. 

In 1992, a new organization was formed to accelerate the use of photovoltaic (PV) power. The founders of SEPA, which was then called the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (UPVG), consisted of 13 electric utilities, the Edison Electric Institute, the American Public Power Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Electric Power Research Institute. >>

President Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at Solar Power International 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today announced that President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at Solar Power International (SPI) 2012 on September 12 in Orlando, Fla. SPI is the premier global solar energy conference and expo, designed to serve and advance the solar power industry. Taking place September 10 - 13 at the Orange County Convention Center, the show features over 1,200 exhibitors and more than 24,000 attendees from 128 countries. >>

SEPA Announces Member Discount for PowerClerk Online Solar Incentive Program Management Tool

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced the PowerClerk® Discount Program, which provides the organization’s members with a substantial discount on a unique online incentive program management tool for renewable energy programs. To date, more than 130,000 PV incentive applications representing 2.5 GW of solar capacity have been processed through PowerClerk.  >>

SEPA Board of Directors Elects New Officers

Washington, D.C. – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) Board of Directors recently held elections for two of its three officer positions. Ervan Hancock, Manager of Renewable and Green Strategies for Georgia Power, was elected to the position of Vice Chairman. Matthew Cheney, CEO of CleanPath Ventures, was elected as Treasurer. David Rubin, Director of Service Analysis for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, continues in his role as Chairman. >>

Full 2011 Utility Solar Rankings Report Now Available

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) released the full 2011 Utility Solar Rankings Report. The full report ranks utilities nationally, by region and by utility type and is available at no cost. Among the many findings, the report showed that in 2011, utilities interconnected more >>

SEPA Responds to Chinese Solar Group Using SEPA Acronym

Recently, representatives of the Chinese solar industry formed a new alliance and named it "the Solar Energy Promotion Alliance" in response to the U.S. preliminary ruling of levying anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese photovoltaic exporters. Unfortunately, the alliance is using the acronym - SEPA - which is the acronym that we at the Solar Electric Power Association have been using since 2000. >>

SEPA Announces 2012 Investor Owned Utility of the Year Award

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) named Tucson Electric Power (TEP) the 2012 Investor Owned Utility of the Year. The award was presented in conjunction with the Edison Electric Institute Annual Convention in Orlando, FL. >>

SEPA Names TRICO 2012 Electric Cooperative of the Year

Washington, D.C. - The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has named Arizona’s Trico Electric Cooperative the 2012 Electric Cooperative of the Year. “Trico recognizes that the member owners of electric cooperatives have evolving needs and expectations,” said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. “Keeping today’s rates low remains a priority, but home and business owners have a growing interest in solar energy options that will protect them from electricity price volatility in the future.  SEPA is pleased to recognize Trico both for its long standing commitment to solar energy but also its recent progress in developing programs that allow all of its customers to take advantage of the benefits solar energy has to offer.” >>

SEPA Announces 2012 Public Power Utility of the Year

Seattle, Wash. – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has named Austin Energy the 2012 Public Power Utility of the Year. The award was presented in conjunction with the American Public Power Association’s National Conference in Seattle, Washington.

 “SEPA is proud to name Austin Energy as its 2012 Public Power Utility of the Year,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA President and CEO. “Through a number of innovative measures and business actions over the past year, Austin Energy has made substantial and award-worthy advancements in the delivery of clean, affordable solar energy to its customers.” >>

SEPA President Commends Georgia Power and Solar Design & Development Collaboration on Utility-scale Solar Projects

Washington, D.C. - The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) President and CEO Julia Hamm today praised the collaboration between Georgia Power and Atlanta-based Solar Design & Development to develop and install a series of solar projects that will produce 19 megawatts (MW) of solar power throughout the state. Once complete, Georgia Power’s first retail utility-scale solar power development will more than double Georgia’s solar production. >>

SEPA Names CPS Energy’s Doyle Beneby Utility CEO of the Year

Washington, D.C. - The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today named CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby its 2012 Utility CEO of the Year for his leadership in integrating solar power into the company’s energy portfolio. >>

SEPA Welcomes New Board Members

Washington, D.C. - The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced today the selection of five new members to its Board of Directors and the reappointment of four members to serve an additional term. 
 SEPA welcomes newly elected Board members Holly Gordon of Sunrun, Jurgen Krehnke of SMA Solar Technology AG, Lori Singleton of Salt River Project, and newly appointed Board members Cris Eugster of CPS Energy and Matt Ferguson of Reznick Group. 
SEPA is also pleased to welcome back four returning members to the Board of Directors. The SEPA membership re-elected Jon Bertolino of Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Matt Cheney of CleanPath Ventures LLC, Alex Kim of San Diego Gas & Electric and Jennifer Szaro of Orlando Utilities Commission. >>

Statement from Julia Hamm Regarding Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative

Washington, D.C. – Today, Georgia Power filed a new solar initiative -- the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (“GPASI”) -- with the Georgia Public Service Commission. Through GPASI... >>

SEPA Shines Honors on Utilities for Use of Solar Power

Washington, D.C., April 16, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today named the Top 10 American electric utilities that have added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012... >>

Julia Hamm Comments on Georgia Power's Launch of its Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI)

Washington, D.C. – On March 1, 2013, Georgia Power launched its Advanced Solar Initiative to grow solar resources in the state by opening the application process for distributed solar generation... >>