Regulatory Reform News

IREC Helps Iowa Improve its Interconnection Standards

After nearly two years, the Hawkeye State recently made some notable improvements to its state interconnection procedures which will make it easier and more streamlined for distributed renewable energy and energy storage projects to connect to the grid.   IREC played

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IREC Insight Series: Key Lessons from the California Integrated Capacity Analysis

While perhaps lower on the radar screen from some other clean energy policy issues, hosting capacity analysis certainly warrants the full attention of stakeholders, policymakers and regulators working to transform the electricity grid. As a national organization that works state-by-state on these important issues, IREC observes that hosting capacity analyses are building blocks with which the grid of the future will be built.

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Building the Modern Grid Requires Detailed Blueprints

Three interlocking blocks of a Jenga-like tower that is the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) docket moved last week with the issuance of three Commission Orders.

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Knowledge is Power: Access to Grid Data Improves the Interconnection Experience for All

Just as we reach for mapping technologies when we’re on the road, there are many proven and emerging tools that applicants, utilities and regulators can use to improve transparency and access to grid data in the interconnection process.

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Giving the Gift of Shared Renewables

IREC’s Updated Catalog Helps States Navigate Models for Shared Renewable Energy By Sara Baldwin Auck Director of IREC’s Regulatory Program The national landscape for state shared renewable energy programs is growing quickly. That’s great news from where we sit, after

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Experiencing Holiday Traffic or Airport Security Lines? That’s How Interconnection Queues Feel for Solar

The second in a series of IREC articles on interconnection originally published on 11/23/16 in GreenTechMedia We all have to wait in lines, from the bank to the grocery store to the airport. And we’ve all experienced frustration when people

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Webinar: Take Community Solar Challenge & Use New Toolkit for Success

IREC and the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) will host a Tools You Can Use for Community Solar webinar on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 3:00-4:15 pm EST to learn how to apply for the challenge, build community solar challenge programs and see the newly created Community Solar Toolkit.

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Interconnection: The Key to Realizing Your Distributed Energy Policy Dream

Imagine a state that has enacted all of the policies that the public and clean energy providers have asked for: an aggressive renewable portfolio standard, a robust grid modernization plan, far-reaching shared renewables. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, people are celebrating and getting ready to build new projects — perfect, right?

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Thumbs Up for Illinois Proactive Action on Interconnection

While we cheer every time a new state announces opportunities for expansion of solar energy, our applause reaches a crescendo when we see a state anticipate and plan for the resulting demand from consumers. Illinois just earned a well-deserved thumbs

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Illinois Adopts Proactive Interconnection Rules

Marking an important proactive milestone in interconnection, this week Illinois made connecting to the electric grid easier – more streamlined – which translates to savings of time and costs for developers and ultimately energy consumers. “The interconnection standards that were

 

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