“Policies and regulations governing electricity distribution systems are the key to transitioning to a cleaner, consumer-driven, resilient, low-carbon electricity grid capable of meeting the myriad challenges of the 21st Century.”

Sara Baldwin Auck, IREC Regulatory Program Director

As a quiet but effective catalyst in the electricity regulatory arena, IREC’s work in nearly every state over the past decade has fundamentally helped expand and simplify access to clean energy for all consumers.

With the creation of our landmark model rules for net metering, interconnection, and shared solar, IREC sets forth workable, replicable best practices for states to emulate.

Similarly, nine other foundational reports – on distributed storage, integrated distribution planning, and annual solar market trends continue to inform and guide state regulatory decision-making across the country.

Frequently referenced in state regulatory policy efforts, these tools transform and inform the regulatory dialogue and have made key policies more efficient for others to implement.

Active engagement in more than 50 regulatory proceedings to date, including the Western Electricity Coordination Council (WECC) regional transmission planning efforts, and outreach and coordination with hundreds of stakeholders, have led to consensus-based, viable solutions that streamline the process of connecting to the grid and set a new high bar for the adoption of national best practices to enable higher penetrations of distributed energy resources.

IREC’s state and national regulatory  leadership has spurred solar transformation in emerging and established markets alike. Higher solar penetrations and anticipated growth are beckoning a growing number of states to adopt similar best practices. Our catalytic interconnection work continues to play out in Illinois, Minnesota, New York, South Carolina and more.

Our independent voice, policy expertise, and national insight help inform and guide fact-based, regulatory decision making on distributed energy resources in emerging and established markets alike.

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