June 2014

Vol. 17, No. 6

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 chelsea@irecusa.org.

Note from the Editor

Getting a Fair Share of Solar


The U.S. residential solar sector has scored 

a first: during the first quarter of 2014, more megawatts of residential PV were installed than commercial PV, prompting cheers from industry observers. But while such growth demonstrates the mounting strength of the residential solar sector, opportunities for enjoying the benefits of residential solar are not unlimited.  


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory believes that in some areas of the country, as little as 25 percent of homes may be suitable for a PV system due to physical limitations of rooftops, poor building orientation, and/or inadequate solar 

resource. Other hurdles that stand 

between residents and solar can include building ownership, easements, and building restrictions, upfront costs of system ownership, and difficulties in obtaining financing.


Considering these limitations, how can residential solar maintain head-turning levels of growth, and how can more residential consumers join in? If only residential consumers could choose to utilize solar energy virtually, generated by systems installed somewhere other than their own rooftops (or their landlords' rooftops). But wait; they can!

State News In Detail

Northeastern States

Electricity Supplier won't buy Vermont renewable energy credits. Read more


Restructuring New York State's utilities. Read more.


Mid-Atlantic States 

Virginia seeks public comment on Energy Plan. Read more


Midwestern States      

Community solar coming of age in Michigan. Read more


Governor Nixon announces comprehensive energy plan for Missouri. Read more


Minnesota Power set to reach renewable-energy mandate 11 years early. Read more


Southern States    

TX statewide renewable energy production up by 12 percent in 2013. Read more


GA Commission approves wind generation as part of Georgia Power's resource mix. Read more


CPS Energy makes revisions to solar-energy fees. Read more


The U.S. Army to get 90 MW of solar for less than the "avoided cost" of fossil fuels. Read more


Western States     

Xcel asks federal regulators to ensure wind power pays its own way. Read more


Solar paired with energy storage scores a regulatory win in California. Read more


Utah finalizes energy efficiency and conservation plan. Read more


Other States        

U.S. Virgin Islands adopts long-term standard contracts for renewable energy. Read more.  


Hawaii passes the point of no return on distributed generation. Read more

Federal and Miscellaneous News
LBL releases survey of state-level cost and benefit estimates of RPSs. Read more.


FERC reverses course on state laws in transmission planning. Read more.  

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
June 17-18
Stevens Point, WI

June 23-25
Boston, MA

July 7-10
San Francisco, CA

September 23-26
St. Louis, MO

October 20-23
Las Vegas, NV

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