Last month, IREC joined Fresh Energy and the Environmental Law & Policy Center to file a joint motion with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which includes a proposal that would help the state implement interconnection changes based on a compilation of best practices and lessons learned from other states.
Minnesota: Detailed Interconnection Proposal Now In Hand
Annual Trends Report Released by IREC
IREC’s 2015 Annual Trends Report presents a deep look at the stories behind the year’s national clean energy headlines. It offers an informative, independent perspective on the year’s renewable energy and energy efficiency progress and challenges across the U.S., and the activities, research, publications, expert insight and recommendations that are helping shape our clean energy future.
Report: States Remain Strong on Consumer Clean Energy Policies
Vote Solar and IREC today released the 2014 edition of Freeing the Grid, a policy guide that grades all 50 states on two key clean energy programs: net metering and interconnection procedures.
Solar Paired With Energy Storage Scores a Regulatory Win in California
Source: Greentech Media Adding an energy storage system to a NEM-eligible solar system or generator in California just became a little easier and more transparent under a new Public Utility Commission ruling. Last month, Jeff St. John reported on the…
Hawaii Passes the Point of No Return on Distributed Generation
Source: Greentech Media When Hawaiian Electric Company submitted its integrated resource plan on April 29, it was the last straw for regulators. Shortly after HECO’s inadequate plan was released, the Public Utilities Commission issued four regulatory orders and a white…
CPS Energy makes revisions to solar-energy fees
Source: San Antonio Business Journal CPS Energy — after proposing to cut the rates it pays solar users for excess power they generate — says it will keep its original rates in place but add a one-time connection fee for…
An Array Of Policies Makes New Jersey An Unlikely Leader In Solar Energy
Source: Solar Industry Magazine The State of New Jersey is known for many things. It has the most diners, the longest boardwalk and the tallest water tower in the world. New Jersey also ranks second in blueberry production, as well as…
Hawaiian Electric to let some solar PV customers connect to the grid
Hawaiian Electric Co. is now allowing more than 200 Oahu customers who already had solar photovoltaic contracts before it made changes to its interconnection policies to go ahead and connect to the grid, according to Sen. Mike Gabbard, chair, Senate Committee on Energy and Environment.
Does Your State Have the Right Stuff to Build a Clean Energy Economy?
Recently, IREC, along with the Vote Solar Initiative, released our annual Freeing the Grid report card for state net energy metering (NEM) and interconnection policies. After seven years of grading state net metering and interconnection policies, we have a bit of perspective on how they have changed over time. One thing is for sure: we are looking at a vastly different policy landscape than when we started grading them back in 2007.