On Nov. 14, Minnesota became the first state to officially integrate the recently updated IEEE Standard 1547™-2018 into its statewide interconnection regulations when the Minnesota Public Service Commission adopted a new statewide technical standards document, known as the Technical Interconnection and Interoperability Requirements (TIIR). As part of their ruling, and heeding IREC’s recommendation, the Commission determined that the Distributed Generation Working Group will need to address a number of important near-term implementation details to ensure a smooth rollout of the standards.
Minnesota Pioneers Integration of New Interconnection Standard Expected to Propel DERs
Nevada’s latest step for consumer-driven clean energy: distribution resource planning reforms
Nevada is one of a handful of states to adopt legislation directing its public service commission and regulated investor-owned utility to initiate a comprehensive distribution resource planning (DRP) reform effort.
National Forum on Inverter Grid Integration
The Forum on Inverter Grid Integration Issues (FIGII) is an ad-hoc consortium of technical experts from inverter manufacturers, national labs, utilities and consultants. It seeks to address long-term barriers to high penetration of inverter-based distributed energy resources (DER). A Guide…
A New Frontier: the Interconnection of Energy Storage
Part 8 of IREC’s interconnection series examines how to clear a path for the deployment of energy storage. SKY STANFIELD, ERICA MCCONNELL AND JOSEPH PETTA JANUARY 04, 2018 You purchased that spiffy new rooftop solar array and waited patiently in the…
New Minnesota Rules Make Connecting Clean Energy to the Grid Easier for Customers
After more than two years, Minnesota’s updated interconnection rules are the result of work at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), by IREC, Fresh Energy and the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC). In May 2016, the three organizations jointly petitioned the PUC to initiate a proceeding to establish new interconnection standards that better align with the current market for distributed generation, and to achieve greater consistency with national best practices.
WEBINAR: New Tools for Building the Modern Grid
IREC recently hosted a webinar with the authors of our new Hosting Capacity Analyses (HCA) guide, a tool to help state regulators integrate and optimize distributed energy resources as an integral component of the grid.
IREC Talks Community Solar Policies at Summit
Recently, IREC joined national and local solar industry players and other stakeholders at the first community solar summit in Denver. Erica McConnell, an attorney who represents IREC in regulatory matters, shared her expertise to help regulators, companies and others navigate the community solar landscape.
It’s Report Card Time!
Spring was always report card time – met by smiles or cringes, depending on your progress. With shared renewable energy programs launching in more than a dozen states over the past decade, we thought it was time to start grading states on their program’s strengths and weaknesses.
WEBINAR on IREC’s National Shared Renewables Scorecard
Join Sara Baldwin Auck, IREC’s Regulatory Director, and Erica McConnell, who represents IREC through Shute Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP, for a WEBINAR on Friday May 19th 12 pm ET to learn more about the National Scorecard and see how state programs…