Recent News

May 29, 2008

On May 20, 2008, the Illinois Commerce Commission held a public forum to collect commentary concerning the federal standard on interconnection, as proposed by the ICC staff (see Case # 06-0525, document dated 4/25/08, Staff’s Initial Verified Comments, Appendix A).

May 29, 2008

On April 24, 2008, Governor Steve Beshear enacted a new net metering law (S.B. 83). Highlights: eligible capacity limit is increased from 15 kW to 30 kW; eligible types of renewables now include solar, wind, biomass, and hydro; credits can

May 29, 2008

On May 4, 2008, an organization named Renew Missouri announced that it has the 170,000 signatures required to put a Renewable Energy Initiative referendum on the November ballot. This initiative requires Missouri utilities to ramp up their total use of

May 29, 2008

On May 1, 2008, Governor Ted Strickland enacted S.B. 221, a comprehensive energy bill which includes some provisions which encourage the use of distributed generation and the facilitation of net metering. Highlights: systems eligible for net metering must be sized

May 29, 2008

On May 8, 2008, Governor Bob Riley enacted a bill (H.B. 234) called the Alternative and Renewable Energy Act. This bill would permit small distributed generators up to 100 kW to interconnect to a utility, but receive no more than

May 29, 2008

On April 30, 2008, a bill (HB 7135) was sent to Governor Charlie Crist which requires each utility, including coops and munis, to develop a standardized interconnection and net metering program for customer-owned renewable generation by July 1, 2009. (The

May 29, 2008

On May 13, 2008, Governor Mark Sanford signed a joint legislative resolution (H.B. 3395 / S.B. 684 / R.247) regarding net metering. This resolution requires the Public Service Commission staff and the State Energy Office to draft a report for

May 29, 2008

In response to legislation (L.D. 2149) enacted in April 2008 (see below), the Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened two inquiries regarding small distributed generator interconnection and net billing. The state’s interconnection standards will be studied in Docket 2008-186, opened

May 29, 2008

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May 29, 2008

On April 29, 2008, a company called Sunrgi announced at the National Energy Marketers Association annual conference that they have a new technology called Extreme Concentrated Photovoltaics which will soon be able to produce electricity at a wholesale cost of

 

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