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Optimizing the Interconnection Process for Renewables & Storage
A National Forum for Addressing Process and Technical Issues
January 23-24, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ

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Overview

The process for interconnecting new energy generation to the electric grid — both large scale (LGIP) and small scale (SGIP) — has become increasingly complex.  Challenges remain to federal and state regulations and requirements; technical and regulatory issues facing owners of generation and transmission assets continue to evolve; and different motivations influencing the actors in the interconnection process often result in miscommunications and delays around prospective projects.

Even greater complexity is added to the interconnection process when considering renewable energy and battery storage resources.  Wind, solar PV, and storage technologies are increasingly moving into mainstream use, with projects of all shapes and sizes proposed and in development requesting to be interconnected to the transmission and distribution grid.  Due to the recent emergence of these types of resources in many parts of the country, the power industry is still very much in a ramp-up phase to understand their impacts on the electric grid.  Thus, special consideration is required for renewable and battery projects during the interconnection process to ensure these resources are connected to the grid in an optimal way that maintains system stability and reliability.  States with aggressive renewable and climate change goals are especially challenged, as they will be required to interconnect these types of projects and manage the operational aspects of a grid with increasingly high renewable penetrations.

The intent of this conference is to serve as a forum for the multiple entities involved in the interconnection process.  Sessions will feature the perspectives of project developers, vertically-integrated utilities, transmission and distribution utilities, balancing authorities and system operators to share their expertise and discuss best practices for optimizing the interconnection process.  The content will address both large and small generation projects, comparing the interconnection processes and experiences of different entities across the country, identifying the technical requirements of the interconnection process from start to finish, and evaluating potential regulatory and policy directions related to the recent FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemakings (NOPRs) on interconnection.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the latest interconnection regulatory changes and rulemakings in process on the state and FERC level
  • Review FERC 845 and its impacts for storage interconnection 
  • Evaluate how new technologies and a changing grid create new technical and operational challenges for interconnection
  • Identify opportunities and developments for enhanced “hybrid” (i.e., solar + storage) interconnections
  • Examine interconnection processes of utilities in different regions of the country and how they are managing increasing volumes of interconnection applications
  • Evaluate interconnection case studies across regional jurisdictions and project requirements for generator interconnection for specific RTOs, ISOs, and PMAs
  • Assess specific challenges for interconnecting grid-scale wind, solar and battery projects
  • Assess specific challenges for interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
    • Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems
    • Battery storage technologies
    • Microgrids
    • Electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Review the interconnection process from the perspective and experiences of:
    • Investor-owned utilities in regulated and retail markets
    • Renewable and storage project developers
    • Independent System Operators (ISOs), Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), and Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs)
  • Identify advanced modeling tools and techniques utilized by utilities and transmission owners leading the way in distributed energy resource (DER) and storage interconnection
  • Review key issues that cause delays in utility interconnection timelines, and solutions for expediting scheduling without sacrificing safety and reliability
  • Review a value proposition analysis for projects from an interconnection standpoint

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, PowerPoint presentations and panel discussions will be used in program.

Agenda

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Keynote Address: Arizona Public Service: Making Connections in a Time of Change


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Interconnection to the Electric Grid: A Brief History on Policy/Regulation and FERC Update

  • How did we get where we are today with the interconnection process and rules?
  • Overview of the standard interconnection process and current related rulemakings
  • Generator interconnection – what is the core guidance for interconnection, and why do we have that guidance?
  • Commission-issued core guidance for interconnection:
    • Standard Large Generator Interconnection Procedures (LGIP) and Agreements (LGIA)
    • Standard Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and Agreements (SGIA)
  • Background/history of FERC standard interconnection agreements and procedures for generators
    • FERC Order 2003
    • FERC Order 2006
    • Other notable rulemakings pertinent to interconnection
  • Regional variations from the commission-issued interconnection procedures and agreements & RTO/ISO reforms
  • Some current interconnection challenges and concerns
  • Some recent interconnection-related developments
  • FERC Order 845 update
    • Improving certainty for developers
    • Advancing energy storage interconnection and market participation
  • December 2016 Interconnection NOPR RM17-8-000
    • Improving certainty for interconnection customers
    • Promoting more informed interconnection
  • Recent FERC action on electric storage resources
    • November 2016 NOPR – participation model for electric storage resources
    • FERC energy storage order of Feb. 2018 – requirements for new grid operator rules on energy storage
    • Implications for storage interconnection
    • Implications for bulk/system support

Myra Sinnott, Energy Industry Analyst – Commission’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:15 – 11:15 a.m. :: Developer Perspective

This session will describe lessons learned and experiences with the interconnection process, hearing from the perspective of renewable project developers.  The session will generally describe a renewable developer’s process for interconnecting renewable and storage projects, and then discuss specific projects the developers have developed and interconnected in jurisdictions across the country.  The session will also address:

  • Interconnection case studies in traditional bilateral markets as well as in the grid-operated regions
  • Benefits and challenges of serial vs. cluster processes throughout the US
  • Developer recommendations for interconnection studies to properly reflect the technical properties and capabilities of storage + solar hybrid projects that have a power plant controller
  • Tips for lining up the timing of PPA procurement and interconnection processes

Ravi Bantu, Director, Transmission, Americas, RES Americas

Patrick Tan, Director, Transmission & Interconnection, 8minutenergy


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Puget Sound Energy (PSE): FERC 845 and the Changing Interconnection Landscape

  • Overview of Puget Sound Energy (PSE) interconnection process
  • Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) Scheduling Challenges
  • FERC Order 845: Interconnection of storage as both generating facilities, transmission assets and now potentially as qualifying facilities

Laura Hatfield, Contract Manager, Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: CAISO: Interconnection Process Overview, Innovations, and Interconnection Enhancements

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has one interconnection process for both large and small generators looking to interconnect to the grid.  CAISO has been very active over the years in innovating and reforming their interconnection process to manage their queue more efficiently, be consistent with the pace of development of new transmission needed to ensure reliability, and to facilitate compliance with California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 50% by 2030.   This session will provide an overview of CAISO’s interconnection process for generators and discuss notable reforms they have undergone to better accommodate renewables, storage, and other new technologies coming onto the grid.  It will also discuss:

  • impacts of FERC 845 on CAISO interconnection process
  • upcoming enhancements to the interconnection process
  • upcoming changes to tariff with some of the process enhancements

Phelim Tavares, Interconnection Specialist, California ISO (CAISO)


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: MISO: Interconnection Process Overview, Innovations, Initiatives & Updates

This session discuss MISO’s interconnection process and will provide insights and updates regarding multiple initiatives and developments, discussing:

  • Queue policies, procedures, deadlines and requirements
    • Making requests and applying for interconnection
    • Required and optional studies and analyses
    • Interconnection agreements for a generator
  • Percentages of specific technologies currently in MISO’s queues (T&D)
  • How is storage currently studied in the MISO queue?
  • Update on MISO coordination with SPP, PJM & non-RTO jurisdictional systems
    • Impacts to traditional interconnection process with regional overlap
    • Optimizing analysis and studies of effects to the system
  • MISO’s 2017 Queue Reform – results and successes so far
  • Operational considerations for an increasingly renewable grid:
    • Complementary/peaking scenarios with natural gas and wind
    • Developments and opportunities for “hybrid interconnection”
  • Update on MISO “self-fund” initiative
  • Impacts of FERC 845 on MISO interconnection process
  • Projection of future footprint of MISO’s interconnection queue

Tim Kopp, Principal Engineer – Resource Interconnection, Midcontinent ISO (MISO)

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: PJM Interconnection: Process for Generator & Storage Interconnection, Initiatives, Updates & Challenges

This session discuss PJM’s interconnection process and will provide insights and updates regarding multiple initiatives and developments, discussing:

  • Queue policies, procedures, deadlines and requirements
    • Making requests and applying for interconnection
    • Required and optional studies and analyses
    • Interconnection agreements for a generator
  • Impacts of FERC 845 on MISO interconnection process
  • Challenges to incorporate Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into wholesale markets
  • Aggregation issues on distribution circuits

David Egan, Manager – Interconnection Projects, PJM Interconnection LLC (invited)


3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Arizona Public Service (APS): Overview of Interconnection Process & Updates for New Technologies

  • APS interconnection process
    • Making requests and applying for interconnection
    • Required and optional studies and analyses
    • Interconnection agreements for a generator
  • Break down of specific technologies in the queue
  • Operational and management initiatives to accommodate increasing requests for rooftop solar & energy storage

Daniel Haughton, Director – DER Integration & Analysis, Arizona Public Service (APS)


4:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Eversource Energy: How Renewable Policies are Changing Interconnection Practices & Planning

Aggressive renewable policies in New England are changing how utilities need to deal with and manage generator interconnection – such as the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, which will prompt 50,000 interconnection requests in just the Massachusetts portion of the grid.  This session will discuss how Eversource Energy is working to figure out ways to modernize practices to keep up with this massive demand.  It will feature the unique perspective of a representative working in renewable policy, evaluating opportunities to enhance internal collaboration to strategically meet deadlines and goals. 

Christie Bradway, Manager, Renewable Power Contracts, Eversource Energy

4:45 p.m. :: Program Adjourns for the Day


Thursday, January 24, 2019

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Xcel Energy: Optimizing Feeder Capacity with Storage

  • Xcel Energy’s changing distribution grid
  • Optimizing renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) operational functions on the grid
  • Opportunities for energy storage:
    • Enhancing distribution feeder capacity through energy storage
    • Supporting integration of higher concentration of PV solar energy
    • Managing other grid issues such as voltage regulation and peak demand
    • Reduce energy/upgrade costs and needs to build new generation
  • Related designs and initiatives for tariffs

Beth Chacon, Director – Grid Storage & Emerging Technologies, Xcel Energy


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Analyzing the Value Proposition for Projects Based on Interconnection

  • Overview of value analysis model – how it relates to interconnection process from start to finish
  • Financial metrics utilized
  • Impact analysis and assessing project value proposition and projected timeline
    • Pilot site analysis
    • Local impact analysis
    • Regional directives

David South, Senior Principal – Energy & Utilities, West Monroe Partners

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: Closing Panel Session: Optimizing the Interconnection Process

  • Addressing problems and inefficiencies in the interconnection process
  • Removing barriers to renewable energy, storage and DER integration
  • Grid design and operational improvements for more efficient penetration of renewable energy
  • Smarter ways to provide grid connections for renewable and storage project developers
  • Regulatory and policy updates that would better enable clean energy integration
    • FERC 845: implications and moving forward for compliance
  • Changes and updates to current practices that would enable:
    • schedule certainty
    • cost certainty
    • considerations for overall system reliability planning
  • Hybrid generation opportunities

Myra Sinnott, Energy Industry Analyst – Commission’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Laura Hatfield, Contract Manager, Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

Patrick Tan, Director, Transmission & Interconnection, 8minutenergy

Workshop

Hosting Capacity Analysis – A Key Tool for Streamlining Distribution Interconnection

Thursday, January 24, 2019

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

“Hosting Capacity Analysis” (HCA) is an analytical tool that helps utilities, regulators and providers evaluate the best locations for distributed energy resources (DERs) to be added to the grid, and determine what they are worth at each location. HCA can be used as an interconnection screen and to steer optimal development of DERs on the distribution system. It is increasingly being recognized by distribution planners a key technique for streamlining the DER interconnection process, and to better inform customers along the way. 

Many utilities wanting to implement HCA tools may not know where to start, or fully understand what HCA is and its proper applications and current limitations. This workshop will walk attendees through basics of HCA, through the more advanced stages and considerations of how to properly use HCA alongside Heat Maps to optimize the placement and manage operation of DERs on the distribution system.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss and define basic goals and uses of “Hosting Capacity Analysis” (HCA)
  • Examine how HCA can be an important tool for optimizing interconnection and integration of DERs
  • Review best implementation methods of HCA, current applications and limitations
  • Identify how HCA can be used in conjunction with Heat Maps

Agenda

Hosting Capacity Analysis (HCA) – Overview and Define

Management of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)

  • How DERs affect the entire electric system
  • Criteria for DER interconnection

How HCA Fits in With:

  • Distribution system planning (short and long-term)
  • Location choice of DERs
  • Managing load and growth on the distribution grid

How HCA Can Improve Interconnection and Integration of DERs

  • Improve back-log of interconnection requests and system studies
  • Provide better information for customers = better customer relationships

Key Goals of Implementing HCA for Distribution System Analysis

  • Identifying how many DERs can be added to any interconnection point on the system
  • Determining where DERs can cost-effectively serve the system
  • Identifying best sites for future development of DERs
  • Obtaining locational views

Finding the Right Method for HCA on a Particular System

  • Determining the difficulty of actually doing a HCA
  • Developing proper analytical tools for your system

Hosting Capacity Maps (HCM)

  • Overview of HCMs
  • Determining the values in HCMs
  • What violations are looked at when creating a HCMs
  • Utilizing heat maps in conjunction with HCMs

Using Heat Maps in Conjunction with HCA

  • Identifying areas of pending and installed generation
  • Working around congested areas

Hosting Capacity Results Analysis

  • How small changes in setting up feeders can dramatically change results
  • Other considerations besides feeder hosting capacity

Visibility and Control of DERs – Best Practices

  • Methods to increase hosting capacity on distribution feeders

Instructors

Steve Steffel, Manager – Regional Capacity Planning, Distributed Energy Resources, Pepco Holdings Company

Steve has been working with PHI (now a subsidiary of Exelon) since 1984 in various positions in Engineering Standards, System Operations, Substation Switchman Training, Transmission and Distribution Planning, and Distributed Energy Resources Planning and Analytics.  The focus in DERP&A has been to analyze and plan for the interconnection of various types of distributed generation on the distribution grid, develop and maintain criteria, deploy new electric system modeling tools, prepare and present papers and presentations on the impact of PV on the grid and work with Public Service Commission personnel, the Regional Transmission Operator, and public officials and industry professionals.  In addition, efforts have also focused on collaboration with industry partners and the DOE in finding new solutions for hosting renewables.


Valerie Carter, Engineer – Distributed Energy Resource Planning & Analytics, Pepco Holdings Company

Valerie Carter is an Engineer working in Distributed Energy Resources Planning & Analytics at Pepco Holdings. She previously held related positions at Pepco Holdings. Ms. Carter holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering – Electric Power from the University of Southern California and a Honors BA from the University of Delaware.

Speakers

Ravi Bantu, Director, Transmission, Americas, RES Americas

Christie Bradway, Manager, Renewable Power Contracts, Eversource Energy

Beth Chacon, Director – Grid Storage & Emerging Technologies, Xcel Energy

David Egan, Manager – Interconnection Projects, PJM Interconnection LLC (invited)

Laura Hatfield, Contract Manager, Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

Daniel Haughton, Director – DER Integration & Analysis, Arizona Public Service (APS)

Tim Kopp, Principal Engineer – Resource Interconnection, Midcontinent ISO (MISO)

Myra Sinnott, Energy Industry Analyst – Commission’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

David South, Senior Principal – Energy & Utilities, West Monroe Partners

Patrick Tan, Director, Transmission & Interconnection, 8minutenergy

Phelim Tavares, Interconnection Specialist, California ISO (CAISO)

Location

Sheraton Grand Phoenix

340 North 3rd Street

Phoenix, AZ, 85004

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Nights of January 22 – 23, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$239 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to December 21, 2018.

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