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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
After nearly two years, the Hawkeye State recently made some notable improvements to its state interconnection procedures which will make it easier and more streamlined for distributed renewable energy and energy storage projects to connect to the grid. IREC played…
While perhaps lower on the radar screen from some other clean energy policy issues, hosting capacity analysis certainly warrants the full attention of stakeholders, policymakers and regulators working to transform the electricity grid. As a national organization that works state-by-state on these important issues, IREC observes that hosting capacity analyses are building blocks with which the grid of the future will be built.
Three interlocking blocks of a Jenga-like tower that is the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) docket moved last week with the issuance of three Commission Orders.
Just as we reach for mapping technologies when we’re on the road, there are many proven and emerging tools that applicants, utilities and regulators can use to improve transparency and access to grid data in the interconnection process.
IREC’s Updated Catalog Helps States Navigate Models for Shared Renewable Energy By Sara Baldwin Auck Director of IREC’s Regulatory Program The national landscape for state shared renewable energy programs is growing quickly. That’s great news from where we sit, after…