FERC seeks better grid integration for renewables

“It is important that the Commission examine the most efficient ways to effectively integrate these resources into the electric grid, while maintaining reliability and operational stability. We want to examine whether existing rules, regulations, tariffs or practices within the Commission’s jurisdiction hinder such efficient integration,” FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said in a prepared statement.

The FERC notice drew a cheer from the solar industry’s main trade group.

“Creating standards and clarifying issues surrounding the integration of renewable resources like solar will accelerate the development of utility-scale solar projects, which in turn will create jobs sooner and spur more investment,” said Rhone Resch, CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association.