Policies for Clean Energy

We work with state and local policymakers, regulators, and local partners to identify and evaluate policy changes that encourage the efficient production and use of energy - including energy recycling, combined heat and power, waste energy recovery, and district energy. Modernizing key energy-related policies will pave the way for new clean energy projects. Some states have made progress on these issues and have seen the benefits; others still have a ways to go. A few of the most important issues to address are as follows:

Interconnection

Standardized interconnection rules provide clear and uniform processes and technical requirements for safely connecting clean energy to the electric utility grid.

A streamlined process reduces uncertainty, prevents delays, and ensures that the requirements are appropriate for the size, scope, and technology of the system. Standardized rules also assure that the project interconnection meets the safety and reliability needs of both the energy end-user and the utility.

The U.S. has seen enormous progress in the adoption of standardized interconnection rules over the past decade, but a few states have yet to enact reasonable standards-or any at all. Others are in need of updating to match current best practices.

Top-rated interconnection rules are those that have:

Note that interconnection standards based on net-metered systems are insufficient, because net metering rules are usually limited to only very small systems.

Intermountain Region Status: Colorado, New Mexico, and now Utah have decent statewide interconnection standards. Arizona and Wyoming are two of only 13 states across the nation that still do not have fair, streamlined, statewide interconnection standards. Get in touch to help us change that.

Further Resources:

Clean Energy Standard Offer Program (CESOP)

Standby Rates and Backup Rates

Output-based Emissions Regulations

Output-based CO2 Allowances

Inclusion in Portfolio Standards

Utility Least Cost Planning & Integrated Resource

Revising the Ban on Private Wires

Decoupling Utility Revenues from Throughput

Tax Treatment

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