Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

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

October 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

In almost every math class I ever took, the teacher always stressed the importance of defining the variables of the problem. “Without knowing what your variables are, how do you know what problem to solve?” This would be an important lesson for the current trend to value the net impact of distributed solar generation in the U.S.

September Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

Solar permitting is but one small, easily overlooked piece of the solar installation process. However, because we have upwards of 25,000 local jurisdictions in the country, there are staggering possibilities for variations of local permitting procedures. To address these challenges, many local jurisdictions around the country have been leading the way to find innovative, collective solutions to streamline solar permitting in a safe and effective way.

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August 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

The high upfront cost of solar has always been a barrier to participation for many who would otherwise welcome the chance to green their energy supply. Many organizations, including IREC, are working to change this by offering solutions to break through these economic barriers.

July 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

Laurel writes how the Supremacy Clause and Interstate Commerce Clause, written some 262 years ago, still play a role in the regulation, governance, and market drivers for renewable energy today. Declaration of (Energy) Independence. Florida PSC notes 33% growth in customer-owned renewables. New York raises participation caps for net metering. Colorado group unveils plan for 10-fold increase in solar. And more.

 

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