WHAT’S NEW AS OF FEBRUARY 2014?
Note from the Editor
Solar, will you marry me? (For a contract period of 20 years)
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) released an extensive proposal for a value of solar (VOS) methodology, as required by 2013 legislation.
Under this new state energy law (HF 729), utilities will be able to apply with the public utility commission (PUC) to replace net metering with a contracted, 20-year VOS rate, compensating customers under a bill credit mechanism that proponents of the VOS rate claim will more accurately reflect the value of that solar generation to the utility.
State News in Detail
Massachusetts to require grid modernization plans for electric utilities. Read more.
New York Governor announces NY Green Bank is open for business. Read more.
New Jersey law warns firefighters of Solar Panels. Read more.
Renewable energy credit market is on the upswing in Pennsylvania. Read more.
Duke Energy wants to pay less for rooftop solar in North Carolina. Read more.
Arizona Commission opens benefit/cost docket for DG. Read more.
Colorado PUC keeps net metering in place for now. Read more.
Federal and Miscellaneous News
View an archived version of the newsletter here: February 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
While customer-sited net metering and interconnection policies are primarily addressed at the state level, they are also becoming important on a regional basis. This newsletter has been designed to provide state-level policy updates and capture emerging regional trends. Connecting to the Grid is a free, electronic newsletter published each month by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC). Click here to subscribe.
Editor: Laurel Passera