Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

August 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF AUGUST 2014?   Note from the Editor The Proof of the Interconnection Reform is in the…Data Interconnection reform is the hottest new dish on the regulatory menu. Discussions are currently ongoing in Illinois and North Carolina, following

July 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF JULY 2014?   Note from the Editor The New Mod Squad – Grid modernization for our shifting energy resources  We’ve heard a lot about smart grid over the past decade, but to achieve a truly intelligent grid

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

May 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF MAY 2014?   Note from the Editor Transmission: More than Meets the Eye True or false: Transmission and transmission planning are only relevant to large, conventional electricity generators, and distributed renewables are only concerned with the distribution

April 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF APRIL 2014?   Note from the Editor Sizing Up Net Metering In the U.S., net energy metering (NEM) has served as an important plank of a broader policy platform that states have used to facilitate the

March 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF MARCH 2014?   Note from the Editor Meet Solar’s Imaginary Friend, Reactive Power Utilities deliver both active (or real) power and reactive (or imaginary) power along their distribution lines. Real power does the actual work when

February 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

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.

January 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF JANUARY 2014?   Note from the Editor IREC’s Top 10 Solar Accomplishments of 2013 The turn of the calendar year is always a good time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments so we can gauge

December 2012 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF DECEMBER 2013?   Note from the Editor Improved Interconnection Procedures – Coming soon to a state near you? They say history repeats itself.  This rang true last month when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) updated

November 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF NOVEMBER 2013?   Note from the Editor Does your state have the right stuff to build a clean energy economy? To help you answer this question, last month, IREC, along with the Vote Solar Initiative, released

 

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