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FERC reverses course on state laws in transmission planning

Source: Lexology The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission” or “FERC”) granted partial rehearing in three separate orders last week involving Order No. 1000 compliance filings.  Most notably, the Commission reversed course on a prior holding that Commission-jurisdictional tariffs and

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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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FERC’s Energy Storage Ruling Could Jump-Start Big Batteries

If the price of grid-scale energy storage fell to zero dollars per megawatt-hour, regulators and utilities would still be puzzled in how to deploy the boon of energy storage. That’s because storage doesn’t fit neatly into the electrical utility’s regulatory universe of generation, distribution, and load — or into the utility rate recovery structure. But that regulatory uncertainty is starting to clear.

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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 the federal interconnection standards. Essentially, the new rules provide a more nuanced approach to interconnection, enabling faster, more efficient review to keep up with a growing, evolving and ever-more complex market.

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FERC Announces Rule Changes to Facilitate More Efficient Interconnections for Small Renewable Energy Systems

In a far-reaching decision on November 21, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted significant modifications to the agency’s Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP), which should facilitate a more efficient interconnection process for small renewable generators. IREC worked in both California and Hawaii on the development of this improved process and believes it will help maintain the efficiency of the interconnection process across the country.

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Do You Provide Reactive Power? FERC Now Wants You To Have A Rate Schedule

FERC has announced that all entities providing reactive power service must have a rate schedule on file with the Commission. Recognizing the significance of this decision, FERC also announced that it will be holding a workshop to discuss the specifics of this policy change and how parties will be expected to implement the new requirements.

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Celebrating our Declaration of (Energy) Independence

This month, we witnessed the Nation’s 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Last week, I celebrated by signing my own declaration of independence, a contract to install PV on our newly purchased home! This got me thinking

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New IREC Concept Paper Takes Fresh Look at (Decades) Old DG Policy

Recent federal decisions allow new options for state DG policy The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) has released a concept paper that considers states’ ability to expand options for distributed generation (DG) technologies. Due to the rapidly growing appetite

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Solar has Farm Teams Too!

It’s Opening Day week across the land as the Boys of Summer take the field. While it will be wonderful to see the lights back on at Fenway, I enjoy watching Spring Training and the new guys joining the team.

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Improving Risk-Based Review to Enable Developers to “Fly” Through Interconnection Hurdles

Making safe, reliable interconnection of renewable energy easier is the goal. Increasing the number of interconnections, through improved application efficiency and cost-effectiveness, while maintaining safety and electrical system reliability, that’s the challenge. Just last week, Massachusetts adopted revised interconnection procedures

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