July 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter



Note from the Editor

Celebrating our Declaration of (Energy) Independence 

This month, we witnessed the Nation’s 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Earlier in the week, I celebrated by signing my own declaration of independence, a contract to install PV on our newly purchased home!

This got me thinking about the role that our founding documents still play in the regulation, governance, and market drivers for renewable energy today. And in particular, I read up on two sections of the constitution that continue to shape the solar industry, a mere 262 years after Ben Franklin published his seminal text Experiments and Observations on Electricity.

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State News in Detail


Northeast States        

Massachusetts DPU clarifies several net metering issues

New York raises participation caps for net metering

Mid-Atlantic States      

Virginia’s Dominion Power accepts applications for new Solar Purchase Program

Midwestern States     

Illinois requests comments on net metering changes

Midwest Court Ruling May Ease Energy Sales Into California

Southern States        

Florida PSC notes 33% growth in customer-owned renewables

Louisiana PSC rules to keep net metering

South Carolina PSC plans to take another look at net metering

Western States              

Colorado group unveils plan for 10-fold increase in solar

Idaho PSC denies utility proposal, improves net metering

Other States                   

Hawaii enacts “PV Renter” bill, exempts landlords from the definition of public utility

Upcoming Events

Miscellaneous News

DoD, Interior inch closer to cooperation on renewable energy projects

Download the full newsletter as a PDF:  July 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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