Regulatory Reform News

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

Valuable Policy Tool: Shared Renewables Guidelines & Model Rules for LMI Consumers

As more Americans gain access to affordable renewable energy, and as more ‘shared’ and ‘community’ solar programs crop up across the country, states are asking the question: how can we bring shared renewable energy opportunities to our low and moderate income (LMI) households?

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Work for IREC’s Expert National Regulatory Team!

IREC is looking for an ambitious, self-motivated and self-directed program coordinator to support IREC’s state and national engagement and leadership on distributed energy resource policies and related consumer issues.

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California’s Rule 21 Decision Comes with Big Wins for Customers

A long-awaited Rule 21 decision today by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) comes with some very important wins for the energy customer who is interested in investing in distributed renewable energy.

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