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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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Electricity supplier won’t buy Vermont renewable energy credits

Source: Brattleboro Reformer One of the nation’s top renewable power suppliers said it will no longer trade Vermont’s renewable energy credits, which are also counted toward the state’s clean electricity goals. NextEra Energy announced last week that it will no

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A PV Market First: Residential Solar in the US Beats Commercial Installations

Source: Greentech Media Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s  Q1

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Solar Paired With Energy Storage Scores a Regulatory Win in California

Source: Greentech Media Adding an energy storage system to a NEM-eligible solar system or generator in California just became a little easier and more transparent under a new Public Utility Commission ruling. Last month, Jeff St. John reported on the

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Hawaii Passes the Point of No Return on Distributed Generation

Source: Greentech Media When Hawaiian Electric Company submitted its integrated resource plan on April 29, it was the last straw for regulators. Shortly after HECO’s inadequate plan was released, the Public Utilities Commission issued four regulatory orders and a white

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Restructuring New York State’s utilities

Source: Lexology New York State’s electric industry may undergo a drastic transformation.  Recently, the New York State Public Service Commission (“Commission”) issued its Reforming the Energy Vision, NYS Department of Public Service Staff Report and Proposal (“Vision Proposal”) to remodel New York’s

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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 system, and never the twain shall meet. For many decades, this statement was profoundly true. But nowadays, with evolving technologies, improved planning processes and an expanded emphasis on integrated systems, the two previously disparate elements of our energy system are beginning to intersect.

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Oregon Tech First in the Nation to Power Entire Campus with Onsite Renewables

Source: Energy Trust of Oregon On April 18, Margie Harris, executive director of Energy Trust of Oregon, presented Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) President Chris Maples with a $1.5 million check for a recently installed 1.75 megawatt geothermal system. With its

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New Program Encouraging PV Installations to Kick Off in HI with Legislative Funding

Source: Pacific Business News A new program that is designed to make the installation of rooftop solar energy systems more affordable and accessible to underserved residents in Hawaii, including low- and moderate-income homeowners, renters and nonprofits, has kicked off with $50 million

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CPUC Issues Decision in Interconnection Proceeding

Source: IREC The CPUC adopted a Final Decision on April 10, 2014, directing PG&E, SDG&E and SCE to incorporate a Distribution Group Study Process into their interconnection tariffs and approving several form agreements for use by the utilities under Rule 21, including

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