January 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter



Note from the Editor

2012: The Year Solar Turned the Corner?

I think we can proclaim that 2012 was the year we turned the corner and caught a glimpse of what high-penetration solar looks like. Defined from an engineering perspective, a circuit has reached “high penetration” when utility engineers determine that upgrades need to be made to the circuit before additional generation can be installed.

If we look closely at the policy actions that were taken last year, we can see solar leaders focusing less on incentives and more on technical and procedural issues to accommodate higher levels of growth.  And it’s no surprise why.  Total distributed solar installations, not counting big utility projects connecting to transmission lines, have nearly quadrupled in just the past three years, climbing from 1143 MW in 2009 to roughly 4300 MW in 2012. Here’s a quick recap of some of 2012’s trends.

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State News in Detail

Northeast States      

Massachusetts DPU begins work on grid modernization

Mid-Atlantic States   

MADRI takes a fresh look at distributed generation policies

Midwestern States     

Minnesota co-op embarks on crowd-funded solar project

Southern States     

DOE and TVA work to develop clean power transmission line

Western States       

Arizona utility-commissioned study finds net metering a negative impact for ratepayers

California incentive celebrates 1 GW milestone; Los Angeles approves Feed-in Tariff

Idaho regulators restrict availability to solar and wind projects

Washington UTC continues to work on interconnection, third-party issues

Other States                           

Hawaii PUC and FERC form info-sharing partnership around renewable energy data


Upcoming Events


Miscellaneous News

NREL releases interconnection reform report

Wind and Solar Power Paired With Storage Could Power Grid 99.9 Percent of the Time

IREC Announces New Training Program Certificate Standard



Download the full newsletter as a PDF:  January 2013 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 Passera


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