Regulatory Reform News

Landmark Report Released by IREC: Easing the Transition to a More Distributed Electricity System

Multiple compounding factors are driving national movement toward a more modern electricity grid, one that enables a cleaner energy future. A thought-leading report released today by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) offers a unique look at easing that transition, and offers five insightful approaches for state utility regulators who, ultimately, will facilitate this transition through the rules and regulations that govern the electricity system and electric utilities.

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Solar for All: Reaching Low-Income Customers

Heating and cooling are not “nice-to-haves” in most areas of the U.S. – they are a necessity. However, this basic need creates a disproportionate burden on low-income families. Statistics vary on how much low-income families typically spend on their energy bills, but it’s in the range of 6-20 percent of their annual income, much higher than the national average of 3 percent.

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Report: States Remain Strong on Consumer Clean Energy Policies

Vote Solar and IREC today released the 2014 edition of Freeing the Grid, a policy guide that grades all 50 states on two key clean energy programs: net metering and interconnection procedures.

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Regional Transmission Operator Ordered to Comply with Changes to Federal Interconnection Procedures Designed to Accommodate Growing Penetrations of Distributed Generation  

Having played an integral role in the development of the SGIP, IREC remains keenly interested in its adoption and implementation as an effective tool to streamline the integration of renewable energy and energy storage. IREC was pleased to find that most Transmission Providers stuck to the spirit of the rule and did not seek substantial changes in their compliance filings.

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NC Workshop on Planning, Regulating, Permitting & Inspection Helps Local Governments

More than 50 local government officials attended a free, day-long workshop in Mooresville, North Carolina on July 30, and learned about solar zoning codes and ways to improve their solar permitting processes. The Centralina Council of Governments hosted the workshop.

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South Carolina passes net metering law, initiates regulatory docket

On June 2, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed SB 1189 into law, which implemented a statewide net metering mandate for utilities serving more than 100,000 customer accounts in the state.  The law allows net metering for systems up to

June 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF JUNE 2014?   Note from the Editor Getting a Fair Share of Solar The U.S. residential solar sector has scored a first: During the first quarter of 2014, more megawatts of residential PV were installed than

Virginia seeks public comment on Energy Plan

Source: IREC The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy is currently seeking public input regarding the development of the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which must be submitted to the General Assembly by 10/1/2014. DMME is currently collecting public input

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LBL Releases Survey of State-Level Cost and Benefit Estimates of RPSs

Source: Lawrence Berkeley Lab Renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies are in place in more than half of all U.S. states and have played a critical role in driving renewable energy deployment over the past decade.  In many states, however, fierce

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U.S. Virgin Islands adopts long-term standard contracts for renewable energy

Source: Solar Server The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands has signed into a law a bill to provide long-term, standard contracts for up to 15 MW of renewable energy generation. The policy is called a feed-in tariff, however unlike standard

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