House Interim Study on Solar
An interim study has been proposed by the Oklahoma House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to be conducted over the legislative break. The topic of the study is the "Economic Benefits of Solar Energy to Oklahoma." Interim studies are opportunities for legislators to gather information and hear from experts as part of the process of crafting legislation for the following session (January through May 2018). Interim studies do not have to be approved by the legislature, they are part of the committee process. Typically, a report is then written and made available to the public.
The solar interim study was proposed by Representatives Claudia Griffith (D-Norman), Ben Loring (D-Miami), Forrest Bennett (D-OKC), and Cyndi Munson (D-OKC) with the coal production study proposed by Representative Mickey Dollens (D-OKC). Attached is the solar study proposal submitted for review and approval by the Speaker of the House. This study aims to tackle some really important issues surrounding solar, including:
1. Benefits of implementing “standardized interconnection practices in Oklahoma” and economic benefits
2. Oklahoma’s existing net-metering regulation
3. What is stopping the advancement of solar energy in Oklahoma
4. Potential job and economic growth in a diversified energy economy
Part of the study will be conducted in public, although it will not be open for public comment. Join the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 412C. This study is combined with 17-132 regarding Oklahoma coal production.
Contact the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council by email at OREC2006@gmail.com.