February 2010 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter


Note from the Editor: Innovative Utility Practices, a Focus on Co-ops

Our centralized-generation model of energy infrastructure was clearly a driving force behind the acceleration of American economic development in the 20th century.  Considering the current media and political buzz around transitioning to a clean energy economy, the U.S. is in the midst of rethinking this model.  Many forward-thinking utilities have already begun to transform their business-as-usual approach to fit the next-generation of power delivery needs.

The three main types of utilities, investor-owned, municipal and cooperative, are similar in many respects but their fundamental structure and purpose differs enough to cause variations in their approach to net metering and interconnection policies. Despite the inherent constraints of each utility type, some utilities have heeded the call for more and cheaper options to connect renewable energy to the grid.  This month we begin to look at some of the constraints that bind utilities’ policy-making abilities and ways that utilities are working with the system to ramp up renewables.  I’ll start the discussion with electric cooperatives and in subsequent months we will be following up with a look at municipal and investor-owned utilities. [Continued in Newsletter]

State News in Detail

Northeast States

Connecticut to Hold Hearing on Network Interconnections

Con Edison Calls for More Solar Projects; PSC Approves Net Metering Tariffs

Rhode Island Releases State-Wide Energy Plan

Vermont PSB issues FIT order

Mid-Atlantic States

New Jersey Removes 2 MW Cap on Net Metering

Midwestern States

Michigan PSC Announces a Sharp Increase in Net Metering Participants

Southern States

Florida’s FKEC Initiates Solar Community Lease Program

Western States

California PUC Proposes Alternate Decision Approving PV DG Program; SMUD opens and closes FIT queue

Fort Collins, Colorado Adopts Formal Net Metering Provision into City Code

Utah PSC Issues Proposed Rules for Interconnection; RMP responds with proposed agreements

Other States

Alaska RCA Finalizes Net Metering Rules

Miscellaneous News and Events

NREL Releases FIT Report

President’s Office Requests Info on Smart Grid Interface

San Francisco Adopts PACE Financing Model

Download the full newsletter as a PDF: February 2010 Connecting to the Grid


While customer-sited net metering and interconnection policies are primarily addressed at the state level, they are also becoming important on a regional basis. This newsletter has been designed to provide state-level policy updates and capture emerging regional trends. Connecting to the Grid is a free, electronic newsletter published each month by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) and the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University. Click here to subscribe.

Editor: Laurel Varnado
NC Solar Center, NC State University


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