March 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter



Note from the Editor

Solar Amplified, Benefits Maximized

Cloud cover and inconsistent winds are natural assumptions when it comes to integrating renewable energy. Their variable and non-dispatchable nature requires utilities to take a number of precautions when integrating some types of renewable energy. Utilities take precautions because they are required to ensure the safety, reliability and power quality of the grid, and thankfully, they take this responsibility seriously.  Many utilities have recently gained considerable experience integrating renewables and have started to allow higher penetrations of solar on the distribution grid than previously allowed. Distribution-level interconnection can save a lot of money for developers, compared to transmission interconnections, and substantially lower the cost of the developing new renewable generating capacity.

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State News in Detail


Northeast States

Connecticut agency releases comprehensive state energy strategy

Massachusetts updates its interconnection rules


Mid-Atlantic States

New Jersey solicits answers for aggregated net metering development


Midwestern States

Michigan sees major benefits from renewable energy adoption


Southern States

North Carolina report measures economic impact of renewable energy

Gainesville, FL selects 50 projects for Feed-in Tariff


Western States

Idaho PUC continues to examine net metering issues


Other States

Hawaiian Electric offers competitive bidding waiver for large solar projects; Hawaiian Electric adds remaining DG capacity feature to its website



Upcoming Events


Miscellaneous News

PJM plans for major grid updates

IREC releases DG Blueprint for California



Download the full newsletter as a PDF:  March 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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