Massachusetts joins a handful of other leading states in greatly improving their interconnection procedures, making it easier for small renewable energy systems to connect to the distribution grid, without compromising safety or quality.
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.
The 5th World Summit for Small Wind 2014 (WSSW), the world’s largest small wind event, will be held March 20-21, 2014 in Husum, Germany. The international summit of the small wind turbine industry is being held parallel to the New…
Eocycle Technologies announced the installation of an Eocycle 25 wind turbine in Kotzebue, Alaska, a community located approximately 50 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. With its hassle-free operation under the extreme conditions characteristic of this region, the simplified, crane-less…
It has long been a goal of many in the small wind industry to certify wind turbines so that consumers can accurately compare the wide variety of wind turbine products on the market. Currently, two organizations, the Small Wind Certification Council [SWCC] and Intertek, award certifications to qualified small wind turbines, providing independent confirmation by an accredited certification body that the wind turbine has been tested and designed according to the requirements of the AWEA Standard.
Last week, we saw an important shift in interconnection policy as the federal Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) were updated for the first time since their initial adoption in 2005. We have been working for nearly two years to build stakeholder consensus at FERC on the changes adopted last week, which follow the example set by leading states such as California, Hawaii and Massachusetts. It is a monumental accomplishment, symbolically and substantively.
The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) held its first annual State Policy Summit in Chicago on October 21st. Over 50 distributed and community wind professionals and regional advocates heard from the solar industry’s lead state policy strategist, Carrie Hitt with an update on the solar industry’s state policy efforts and advice for the assembled wind professionals.
The KidWind National Challenge will bring together student teams to compete for the National KidWind Challenge title by showcasing their handcrafted wind turbines in front of wind industry experts.
A co-founder of Bergey Windpower and president since 1987, Mike Bergey is a mechanical engineer and an internationally recognized expert in the field of small wind turbines, distributed generation, and rural electrification. IREC’s Larry Sherwood talks with Mike about the small wind industry.
Experts Propose Standard Valuation Method to Determine Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Generation
A new report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) offers lessons learned from 16 regional and utility-specific DSG studies summarized in a recent review by the Rocky Mountain Institute, and then proposes a standardized valuation methodology for public utility commissions to consider implementing in future studies.