Recognizing the many local benefits of tapping solar, 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!