Regulatory Reform News

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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TX statewide renewable energy production up by 12 percent in 2013

Source: ERCOT Energy produced in Texas using renewable resources grew by 12 percent in 2013, while capacity increased by about 2 percent. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) provided these updates on statewide renewable energy reporting to the Public

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GA Commission Approves Wind Generation as Part of Georgia Power’s Resource Mix

Source: Georgia Public Service Commission The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) took another step today to diversify Georgia’s energy portfolio. The Commission approved a proposed agreement that will add 250 megawatts of clean renewable wind energy to Georgia’s electric grid. Under

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