WHAT’S NEW AS OF October 2012?
Note from the Editor
Follow the Leader: Why Everyone Should be Paying Attention to California’s Rule 21 Revision
Even if you regularly follow news about renewable energy, you might have missed a quiet but significant development out of California last month. On September 13th, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a substantial revision to its influential Rule 21, which governs state-jurisdictional interconnection procedures. This revision builds on Hawaii’s successful interconnection reform process in 2011 by establishing several new national best practices, removing unnecessary barriers to the state’s flourishing distributed generation (DG) market.
To get a better understanding of the implications of the new rule, I reached out to Sky Stanfield, one of my colleagues who participated in the reform process on behalf of IREC. I asked Sky to weigh in on the following reasons we think the rule revision is worthy of some attention.
State News in Detail
Massachusetts interconnection working group issues final report
Vermont requests information on the costs-benefit of net metering
New Jersey BPU addresses meter aggregation and voltage drop
Michigan PSC issues opportunity to comment on interconnection forms
Tennessee co-op offers members a share of the sun
California PUC approves significant interconnection revisions
Colorado city amends net metering policy
Utah PSC approves major new solar program
Hawaiian utility streamlines interconnection for small
IREC releases Anual Updates and Trends Report
New and Improved Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool released
Download the full newsletter as a PDF: October 2012 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
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). Click here to subscribe.
Editor: Laurel Varnado