January 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter



Note from the Editor

IREC’s Top 10 Solar Accomplishments of 2013

The turn of the calendar year is always a good time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments so we can gauge how far we’ve come (and where we’re headed). Despite a few setbacks in the regulatory sphere, it seems the general direction of policy across the country has been trending in a positive direction, helping the renewable energy community adapt to evolving markets and a fluctuating economy.  To that end, I give you Connecting to the Grid’s 10 Most Significant Policy Accomplishments of 2013 (in no particular order).

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State News in Detail

Northeastern States

New Hampshire PUC approves group net metering rules. Read more.

Mid-Atlantic States 

New Jersey BPU blamed for misinterpretation of solar law. Read more.

Midwestern States

Illinois ICC issues first DG installer certificates. Read more.

Kansas utility seeks solar project partners. Read more.

Massive solar plan for Minnesota wins bid over gas. Read more.

Southern States

North Carolina utility’s green energy tariff gains approval. Read more.

South Carolina PSC hears presentations on solar, wind energy. Read more.

TVA adds solar capacity, reduces incentives for customers. Read more.

North Texas regional permitting effort underway. Read more.

Western States  

Utah utility proposes additional net metering fee. Read more.

Other States 

Public hearing scheduled for Alaska small power producer rules. Read more.


Federal and Miscellaneous News

SEPA releases Community Solar Handbook.  Read more.

FERC’s energy storage ruling could jump start big batteries. Read more.


View an archived version of the newsletter here:  January 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter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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