The growth of the solar industry has been fast in the last years. Declining costs and favorable clean energy policies at the federal and state levels have contributed to this expansion. Today, more than 30 percent of new electricity capacity additions will be solar, yet, solar installed capacity only represents less than 3 percent of the total installed capacity in the Unites States. In this panel, Anne Hoskins from Sunrun and Pennsylvania PUC Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille in a conversation with Professor Arthur van Benthem will review the current realities and prospects for the solar industry at the federal level and in Pennsylvania. Some of the topics they will address include: the phase-out of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), the effects of net metering, and the role of community solar programs.
Anne Hoskins spearheads Sunrun's federal and state public policy and regulatory advocacy. She joined Sunrun after serving nearly 3 years as a commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission, where she also served as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors and as Chair of the NARUC International Relations Committee. Previously, she led federal and state advocacy for Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated and served as a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Prior to that, Anne represented Verizon Wireless as a Senior Regulatory Counsel and served as a policy advisor to the Governor of New Jersey.
Gladys Brown Dutrieuille is now serving her second term as a Commissioner for the Public Utility Commission, after being nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf on Feb. 13, 2018, and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on April 17, 2018. Her term expires April 1, 2023. She began her service at the PUC in 2013, and was first appointed as Chairman of the Commission in 2015. On April 15, 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf reappointed her as Chairman.