The Importance of Net Metering and Interconnection Standards; Feed-in Tariffs Gaining Ground in North America

The necessity of good net metering laws and interconnection standards can’t be understated. In order to grow the market for solar and other distributed forms of energy in the U.S., the appropriate laws must be in place to make installation easy and the investment cost-effective.

On Thursday, the Network for New Energy Choices released a report called “Freeing the Grid,” which looks at the best and worst net metering laws and interconnection standards around the country. Adam Browning, Executive Director of the Vote Solar Initiative, joins us to talk about the report and how distributed generators are treated differently from state to state.

Also in the podcast: Author and Renewable Energy Analyst Paul Gipe updates us on the increased interest in feed-in tariffs around North America. In the last few months, some Canadian provinces and U.S. states have expressed support for feed-in tariffs. And while this support may not necessarily turn into action, Gipe says that the government recommendations are a positive sign that the feed-in tariff movement is making progress in North America.

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