Recognizing the many local benefits of tapping solar, medical wind and other renewable resources, state governments have long driven American progress on renewable energy policy. This support is motivated by a number of different reasons:
- To encourage in-state economic development and the creation of jobs
- To enhance the security and reliability of the electric grid
- To reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
- To increase energy independence
Good net metering rules and interconnection policies effectively smooth the road that transitions us from dependence on centralized, dirty power generation to a system that achieves the goals above. Together, these two policies allow energy consumers to generate their own clean electricity without burdensome red tape and costs.
But policy design on the frontiers of the fast-changing renewable energy marketplace can be tough to get right. Freeing the Grid takes the guesswork out of designing effective net metering and interconnection policies. The information on these pages is intended to serve as a roadmap for moving each state toward an “A” grade and build our nation’s cleaner, safer, more prosperous energy future. Please put it to use!
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IREC believes clean energy is critical to achieving a sustainable and economically strong future. Its programs and policies have benefitted energy consumers, policymakers, utilities and the clean energy industry since 1982. IREC works to expand consumer access to clean energy; generates information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards; and leads programs to build a quality clean energy workforce, www.irecusa.org
Vote Solar is a grassroots non-profit organization working to combat climate change and foster economic development by bringing solar energy into the mainstream nationwide. www.votesolar.org
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EQ Research LLC provides policy research, analysis, and incentive data services to businesses, non-profit organizations, and others engaged in the clean energy sector. The EQ staff’s areas of policy expertise include legislation and regulatory policy, general rate cases, integrated resource plans, utility proposals, financial incentives, net energy metering, interconnection, energy storage, distributed generation (DG), renewable portfolio standard policies, renewable-energy credit (REC) issues, and energy efficiency. Among other accomplishments, EQ’s staff managed the nationally recognized DSIRE project (www.dsireusa.org) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for six years (2007-2013) prior to forming EQ. EQ’s principals are the founders of Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP (KFW), a law firm of national legal experts in renewable energy. EQ Research supports KFW’s work on a number of fronts, including the development of shared renewables programs, DG integration (including interconnection procedures), energy storage, wholesale and retail DG-procurement programs, general rate cases (GRCs), and NEM program design.