Vol. 17, No. 1

This newsletter has been designed to provide state-level policy updates and capture emerging regional trends in net metering, interconnection and related topics. Please send any relevant news or upcoming events to laurelp@irecusa.org.

Note from the Editor

IREC's Top 10 Solar Accomplishments of 2013


The turn of the calendar year is always a good time to reflect on the past year's accomplishments so we can gauge how far we've come (and where we're headed). Despite a few setbacks in the regulatory sphere, it seems the general direction of policy across the country has been trending in a positive direction, helping the renewable energy community adapt to evolving markets and a fluctuating economy.  To that end, I give you Connecting to the Grid's 10 Most Significant Policy Accomplishments of 2013. 

  1. Federal Action Set New Model for States. In November, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted significant modifications to its Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP), providing more efficient, cost effective and flexible rules for Fast Track-eligible generators. 


State News In Detail

Northeastern States

New Hampshire PUC approves group net metering rules. Read more.



Mid-Atlantic States 

New Jersey BPU blamed for misinterpretation of solar law. Read more.


Midwestern States      

Illinois ICC issues first DG installer certificates. Read more.

Kansas utility seeks solar project partners. Read more.

Massive solar plan for Minnesota wins bid over gas. Read more.


Southern States    

North Carolina utility's green energy tariff gains approval. Read more.


South Carolina PSC hears presentations on solar, wind energy. Read more. 


TVA adds solar capacity, reduces incentives for customers. Read more.


North Texas regional permitting effort underway. Read more.



Western States     

Utah utility proposes additional net metering fee. Read more.



Other States        

Public hearing scheduled for Alaska small power producer rules. Read more.



Federal and Miscellaneous News
SEPA releases Community Solar Handbook. 
FERC's energy storage ruling could jump start big batteries. Read more.

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