Jan. 1, 2008: States Falling Short on Interconnection of Customer-Owned Power Systems
The new report, “Freeing the Grid,” is an update of a 2006 report and is prepared by the Network for New Energy Choices, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the Vote Solar Initiative, and the Solar Alliance. The report finds that as of September 2007, only 34 states and the District of Columbia had interconnection policies, and of those, eight states and the District of Columbia received failing grades. New Jersey and Arizona have the best interconnection policies, both earning a “B” from the report’s authors. Likewise, only 38 states and the District of Columbia had net metering policies, and of those, four states and the District of Columbia received failing grades. Five states - California, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania - earned an “A” for their net metering policies. The report includes IREC’s model interconnection standards and net metering rules, which set a gold standard against which the state standards and rules were compared.
The report is available on the Network for New Energy Choices Website at www.newenergychoices.org/uploads/FreeingTheGrid2007_report.pdf.
Publication date: 01/01/2008