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pv magazine: First Solar Backs Carbon Pricing for Wholesale Electricity

Posted by William Driscoll on Jun 8, 2020

pv magazine covered First Solar's request that FERC consider carbon pricing and hold a technical conference or workshop, noting AEE made same request with stakeholder group. Read excerpts below and the entire pv magazine piece here. 

First Solar has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to convene a technical conference or workshop on carbon pricing of electricity in wholesale energy markets. First Solar’s request is in support of a petition, submitted by stakeholders including the American Council on Renewable Energy and Advanced Energy Economy, asking FERC to convene a carbon pricing discussion...

“A carbon pricing mechanism is the most economically efficient tool to assist specific regions in privatizing what is currently an unpriced, socialized externality,” First Solar said in its comments. The firm said it is a founding member of the international Climate Leadership Council, which supports carbon pricing as a “cost-effective, equitable and politically viable climate solution...”

FERC filed a notice in its docket describing the initial petition as a request for the Commission to hold “a technical conference or workshop to discuss integrating state, regional, and national carbon pricing in FERC-jurisdictional organized regional wholesale electric energy markets.” First Solar is the largest solar manufacturer in the U.S. The six Senators who co-authored the letter to FERC are Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Martin Heinrich (NM), Brian Schatz (HI), Ron Wyden (OR), Cory Booker (NJ) and Angus King (ME). All are Democrats except King, who is independent...

Read the entire pv magazine piece here. 

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