July 2010 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter


Note from the Editor

NREL Forecasted Progress, Policies Followed Suit

Remember Y2K?  It doesn’t seem that long ago even though more than a decade has passed since clairvoyants everywhere were predicting mass chaos at the turn of the millennium.  That same year, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published an in-depth report titled Making Connections: Case Studies of Interconnection Barriers and their Impacts on Distributed Generation Projects, which became an industry standard and continues to be referenced to this day.  In a way, these NREL authors were also clairvoyants of a sort but thankfully they were more accurate in their predictions.  In the decade since the publication of this report, the renewable energy industry has experienced an explosion of renewable energy technologies that can be likened to other major industrial revolutions in history. Along with this explosion came the policies to put those technologies to work, and it has happened along a similar path suggested by the report.  [Continued in newsletter]


State News in Detail

Northeast States                      

                Federal, State laws clash over in-state generation in Massachusetts

Mid-Atlantic States       

                D.C. PSC Issues final net metering order

                Net Metering victory declared in West Virginia 

Midwestern States        

                Indiana municipal utility approves net metering

                Iowa Board adopts Small Wind Innovation Zones

                Missouri PSC implements RES rules

Southern States

                Florida PSC approves changes to TECO Interconnection Agreement; GRU plans to expand solar FIT

Western States               

                Arizona Commission allows third-party sales to goverments, schools

                Colorado offers credit multiplier for co-ops and munis

                Idaho Power seeking approval of their first-ever PURPA agreement for solar facility       

                Nevada opens dockket investigating effects of renewable energy

                Wyoming government finds that wind energy is relatively cheap

Other States

                Alaska returns to interconnection proceeding; net metering takes effect

IREC News                           

               Join us for a webinar on Net Metering in Retail Choice States

               Informal inquiry on indemnification and state agencies

Miscellaneous News    

                FERC requests information on energy storage

                IEEE announces draft standard for DG interconnection

                Virginia Students win European Solar Decathalon

                Indemnification and State Agencies – informal request for information

Upcoming Events       


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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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