Citing New York’s 2008 legislative expansion of its net metering regime, the Network for New Energy Choices (NNEC) has upgraded New York’s net metering grade from D to B in its “Freeing the Grid 2008” report, stating:
Now enacted, these [net metering expansion] bills significantly expand the state’s net metering law. The state has gone from a “D” in Freeing the Grid 2007 to a “B” in Freeing the Grid 2008, and the renewable energy community could not be happier.
With high energy costs and plenty of renewable resources, New York represents a crucial energy market. Now, with all customer classes able to net meter and the cap raised to 2 MW (25 kW for residential) for solar and wind energy systems, the door is open for renewable energy growth in the Empire State.
New York continued to receive a “C” for interconnection. In this regard, the NNEC recommends that New York state:
- Increase allowed system capacity to 20 MW;
- Remove requirements for redundant external disconnect switch; and
- Expand interconnection standards to all utilities (i.e., munis and co-ops)
Full report, “Freeing the Grid 2008” here.