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FERC Order 841 mattered, but state interconnection rules

FERC Order 841 mattered, but state interconnection rules

November 19, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

It was big news this summer when a federal appeals court upheld Order 841 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC Order 841 clarified that energy storage systems as small as 100 kW (which are interconnected on the distribution grid, under state rules), cannot be barred from participating in wholesaleRead More

IREC and The Solar Foundation agree to combine forces

IREC and The Solar Foundation agree to combine forces

November 12, 2020 at 8:31 am 0 comments

The Solar Foundation and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) have signed an agreement to merge into a single, expanded nonprofit powerhouse dedicated to the rapid adoption of clean energy. The merger will combine the strengths of two renowned national clean energy organizations, effectively doubling the staff and quadrupling theRead More

California’s PUC just made huge changes to its Rule 21 solar, storage interconnection policy

California’s PUC just made huge changes to its Rule 21 solar, storage interconnection policy

September 25, 2020 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just issued sweeping changes to Rule 21, the rules under which distributed energy resources, like solar power and energy storage, may interconnect to the grid. The revisions encompass many issues but three of the most noteworthy include: 1) the plan to incorporate data on theRead More

Win for clean energy: Minnesota PUC orders Xcel to provide more detail in HCA report

Win for clean energy: Minnesota PUC orders Xcel to provide more detail in HCA report

August 19, 2020 at 12:03 pm Comments are Disabled

Two weeks ago, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered Xcel to make several changes to its 2020 Hosting Capacity Analysis (HCA) report, which it will file in early November. Whereas previous HCA maps from Xcel aggregated all the results and blurred out a lot of detail, future HCAs will showRead More

New group led by IREC aims to simplify energy storage interconnection

New group led by IREC aims to simplify energy storage interconnection

July 15, 2020 at 1:18 pm Comments are Disabled

Energy storage technologies have a crucial role to play in enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy. Despite significant growth of the energy storage market in recent years, the process of connecting this technology to the electricity grid remains complex and unclear in many states across the U.S. A newRead More

National forum launches to solve solar + storage codes, permitting challenges

National forum launches to solve solar + storage codes, permitting challenges

June 12, 2020 at 9:44 am Comments are Disabled

Solar and storage technology has come a long way, and now it’s time for the permitting process catch up. Clear and comprehensive procedures defining permitting, inspection and other requirements for solar and solar-plus-storage projects are essential to ensure the safety and quality of installed systems. A newly launched, three-year project,Read More

IREC publishes a slick playbook for evaluating grid modernization plans

IREC publishes a slick playbook for evaluating grid modernization plans

May 7, 2020 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

Grid modernization is a cool thing to say and support, but it is also a nebulous term, which makes it difficult to implement. What counts as “modern?” And how can we be sure the pursuit of new technology doesn’t actually just lead to fancier, expensive toys that aren’t utilized toRead More

Good news: Maryland just made it easier to interconnect solar and storage to the grid

Good news: Maryland just made it easier to interconnect solar and storage to the grid

April 2, 2020 at 3:29 pm Comments are Disabled

The Maryland Public Service Commission adopted updated rules this week for connecting distributed energy resources (such as solar and energy storage systems) to the electric grid. The updated rules will improve the efficiency of the interconnection process for customers and utilities, increase grid transparency, and enable a clearer pathway forRead More

Clean energy leaders discuss a 100 percent clean energy future at IREC Vision Summit

Clean energy leaders discuss a 100 percent clean energy future at IREC Vision Summit

March 17, 2020 at 10:14 am Comments are Disabled

Just before the country fell under quarantine, national, state, and local decision makers and clean energy thought leaders were able to convene in the nation’s capitol to discuss the pathways and critical steps needed to make bold clean energy goals a reality at the second annual IREC Vision Summit hostedRead More

IREC grades all state community solar programs and only gives two A’s

IREC grades all state community solar programs and only gives two A’s

January 29, 2020 at 2:54 pm 1 comment

Shared solar programs or community solar programs continue to grow in popularity as a compelling model to increase access to clean, renewable energy and provide more options for consumers. Seeking to help new states learn from existing programs, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) released its 2019 National Shared RenewablesRead More