Regulatory Reform News

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.

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MN Utility Commission Pushes Xcel Energy to Improve Grid Transparency Tools

Over the last three years, IREC has been involved in proceedings before the Minnesota Commission focused on tools to enhance the transparency of Xcel Energy’s distribution grid.

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IREC Brings its Interconnection Expertise to the Island of Puerto Rico

Over the past year, IREC has been working with PREB to support the development of interconnection rules for microgrids. Getting good rules of the grid in place will be key to overcoming extant challenges and ensuring Puerto Rico can create a cleaner, more resilient electric grid and meet newly adopted 100% renewable energy by 2050 policy goals.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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