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virtual net metering policies October 2013
Article, Rule filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Virtual Net Metering

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/virtual-net-metering/

Net metering is a common distributed renewable energy policy in the United States, allowing individuals to “turn back” their meter (and reduce their electric bill) by generating on-site electricity.  But utility accounting systems typically prevent people from sharing the output from a single, common solar or wind project. Virtual (or group or neighborhood) net metering… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 31, 2012

Ohio – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/performance-based-composting/ohio/

In the Midwest, Ohio’s composting regulations are a great model for the region and other parts of the country. Officials have designed rules to suit various land uses (i.e. rural, suburban, urban) and made special effort to adapt to contemporary community needs via permit exemptions. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 31, 2012

California – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/performance-based-composting/california/

California has thorough regulations that are specifically tailored to composting.  Most composting operations are required to apply for a permit; however there are exemptions for some types of operations.   For example, facilities that have less than 500 cubic yards of compost on-site, of which less than 10 percent is food scraps, are exempt from the requirement to obtain a permit.  In addition, in-vessel composting of up to 50 cubic yards is allowed without a permit.  Composting operations that are deemed a greater risk of causing environmental harm are required to either notify the enforcement agency or apply for a full permit.

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Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

Ohio – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/ohio/

In the Midwest, Ohio’s composting regulations are a great model for the region and other parts of the country. Officials have designed rules to suit various land uses (i.e. rural, suburban, urban) and made special effort to adapt to contemporary community needs via permit exemptions. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

Wisconsin – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/wisconsin/

Wisconsin recently revised its composting regulations; the new rules became effective June 1, 2012. To ensure public safety (thereby improving the condition of finished compost) the revisions require that composters use best management practices to manage pathogens. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

West Virginia – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/west-virginia/

West Virginia addresses composting in a novel way: it categorizes acceptable farm and facility feedstock types more broadly than most states. West Virginia’s Yard Waste Composting Rule (33CSR3) addresses the state’s composting policies. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

West Virginia – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/yard-trimming-ban/west-virginia/

West Virginia addresses composting in a novel way: it categorizes acceptable farm and facility feedstock types more broadly than most states. West Virginia’s Yard Waste Composting Rule (33CSR3) addresses the state’s composting policies. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

Pennsylvania – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/yard-trimming-ban/pennsylvania/

Pennsylvania, like many other states, has regulations that prohibit yard trimmings in landfills.  Pennsylvania’s ban is less encompassing than many states, including Massachusetts and Minnesota, which ban yard trimmings in landfills regardless of their source of generation.  Pennsylvania has made a general permit available that will allow farmers to compost “yard waste, source-separated food scraps from food markets, grocery stores, food banks, food distribution centers, school cafeterias, and institutions, source-separated newspaper, and source-separated corrugated paper (cardboard).”  After composting, the material is no longer considered waste and the farmer can sell or distribute the material.  Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

Washington’s “Soils for Salmon” – Compost Amended Soil

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/compost-amended-soil/washington/

Developed by the Washington Organic Recycling Council, Soils for Salmon was founded to protect western Washington’s Puget Sound by educating the public about the soil to water connection. The program specifically targets/drives landscapers, builders, developers, and citizens to use low impact development practices, that reduce stormwater runoff and pollution, while limiting water usage demands. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

Massachusetts – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/yard-trimming-ban/massachusetts/

Massachusetts allows certain types of composting operations to be conditionally exempt from the requirement to obtain a permit as long as specific performance standards are met.  These operations include leaf composters who have less than 10,000 tons on-site at one time.  Many other types of on-farm composting, including up to 20 cubic yards per day of vegetative scraps or 5 tons per day of food material, are permitted if a registration is submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture and performance standards are met. Continue reading