FERC Adds Another Standard for DG Interconnection

Date: 19 May 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has adopted standard rules for interconnecting distributed generation (DG) projects of 20 MW or less with the electricity grid. These new rules will operate alongside FERC’s previously issued rules that govern interconnections of DG projects larger than 20 MW. FERC also has an ongoing proceeding that is developing special rules for interconnecting wind energy projects with the grid [see FERC’s Generation Interconnection web site].

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Washington Laws Encourages Locally Manufactured DG Equipment

Date: 19 May 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Two proposals unanimously passed by the legislature and signed into law earlier this month by Washington’s Governor, Christine Gregoire, should put distributed generation and renewable energy on the fast track in the state. The first bill (SB 5101) establishes a renewable energy production incentive that is larger if the equipment comes from in-state manufacturers. The second bill (SB 5111) provides corporate tax breaks for solar energy businesses in the state based on their sales.

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An Assessment of Solar Power on Rooftops

Date: 2 May 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In March 2005, the Energy Foundation released a study prepared for them by Navigant Consulting and Clean Energy Research. The study was completed in September 2004 and claims to be the first of its kind to do an assessement and estimate of the rooftop solar photovoltaic market potential on a state-by-state basis.

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Europe Proposes A Platform for Photovoltaics Development

Date: 26 Apr 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report by the Photovoltaic Technology Research Advisory Council (PV-TRAC) reviews the current status of solar powered electricity and presents a vision of photovoltaic technology for 2030 and beyond. The report nicely summarizes the policies of EU member states that have encouraged solar powered distributed generation.

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Webcast: CHP and DG Potential in California – April 28th and 29th

Date: 15 Apr 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Internet users have a nice opportunity to tune in via the web on a pair of workshops set up to discuss issues related to combined heat and power (CHP) and distributed generation (DG) development in California.

UPDATE MAY 12, 2005: The webcasts of these two meetings don’t appear to be archived on the CEC web site. So we’ve added links below to the various presentations that the CEC has put online that came out of these meetings.

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Report: Oregon Looks At Knocking Down Barriers to Expand Distributed Generation

Date: 14 Mar 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Oregon Public Utility Commission [OPUC] issued a report, "Distributed Generation in Oregon: Overview, Regulatory Barriers and Recommendations. The report describes how customers and utilities are using DG technologies, their benefits, as well as current and projected costs. This report stands out since very few states have devoted resources to investigate policy options to increase distributed generation.

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California Seeks A Million Solar Roofs by 2018

Date: 9 Mar 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In late February, California Governor Schwarzenegger’s office released the details of the California Million Solar Roofs bills (SB 1 and SB 1017). The two bills together will create a ten-year incentive program to help Californians install one million solar electric rooftops on homes and businesses throughout the state by 2018.

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