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MAY 2013
Vol. 16 No. 5

Note from the Editor


Interconnection: A Foundational Policy for Solar Market Expansion


Here at IREC, we work on the foundational issues that facilitate solar market growth.  These issues, such as interconnection procedures, net metering and permitting guidelines, may not be the latest "hot topics" but they are nonetheless crucial to a thriving solar market. It's akin to renovating an old house - you can install granite countertops and new appliances but if you don't maintain the foundation, people probably won't want to move in.


To increase our impact on these foundational policies, IREC spends a lot of time researching best practices and forming them into model language that can be widely used and adopted. Policymakers can't be experts in every subject, so models provide a much-needed roadmap to help them navigate and understand the complexities of solar policy, especially in such a technically dense subject as distributed generation (DG) interconnection. 



State News in Detail 



Northeast States        

Maine Commission seeks comments on interconnection


Massachusetts seeks to reconcile net metering and interconnection conflict; Reaches solar milestone


Mid-Atlantic States    

Delaware and Maryland co-ops increase their solar footprint


Southern States         

San Antonio's CPS energy delays changes to net metering program


Western States         

Arizona Commission considers expanding net metering discussion to state's other utilities


Idaho Power seeks an end to annual cash payments for net excess generation


Other States                

Hawaii set to surpass 2015 solar goal


Federal government provides renewable energy support for Native communities in Alaska






Miscellaneous News


FERC Chairman Calls for New Valuation Method for DG









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