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Optimizing the Interconnection Process for Renewables & Storage
A National Forum for Addressing Process and Technical Issues
February 5-6, 2020 | Bellevue, WA

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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 at the federal and state level.

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 is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.

 

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, February 5, 2020

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


8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Keynote Address: Puget Sound Energy: Making Connections in a Time of Change

David Mills, Senior Vice President – Policy & Energy Support, Puget Sound Energy

I.  Regulatory Update & Policy Directions for Interconnection: Federal & State


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

  • Transmission-level vs. Distribution-level interconnections
  • 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
  • Regional variations from the commission-issued interconnection procedures and agreements & RTO/ISO reforms
  • FERC Order 845 update
  • Recent FERC action on electric storage resources

Tony Dobbins, Energy Industry Analyst – Commission’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, FERC

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

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: State Mandates & Their Impact on Interconnection – Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA)

In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a set of bills setting an ambitious, multi-decade agenda that changes how electric and natural gas utilities acquire resources and provide energy services to Washington businesses and consumers.  Among the 11 bills was the passage the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), which requires Washington’s electric utilities to eliminate carbon emissions from their energy resources by 2045, in a full transition to clean, renewable and non-emitting resources. This session will examine this regulation and how it will impact utility interconnection processes and planning, discussing:

  • Overview of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA)
  • Requirements of CETA on state investor-owned utilities
    • Development & implementation of utility compliance plans
  • What CETA means for renewable and storage volumes in Washington state
  • What CETA means for utility interconnection volumes & interconnection processes

Lauren McCloy, Senior Policy Advisor – Energy, Office of Governor Jay Inslee

II.  Bulk Power System


11:00 – 11:45 a.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, Senior Interconnection Specialist – Interconnection Resources, California ISO (CAISO)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


12:45 – 1:30 p.m. :: MISO: Interconnection Process Overview, Innovations, Initiatives & Updates

This session present 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

Vikram Godbole, Director – Resource Utilization, Midcontinent ISO (MISO)

III.  Developer Perspective


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. :: The Developer Perspective: Renewable, Storage, & Hybrid Interconnection

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

Patrick Tan, Manager – Transmission & Interconnection, 8minutenergy

Enrique Silva, Principal – Transmission & Interconnection, Plus Power

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

IV.  Distribution Level System


2:45 – 4:00 p.m. :: Distribution-Level Grid Interconnections: Optimizing the Process & Operations of Solar PV, Storage & DERs

  • Overview of how Distributed Energy Resource (DER) interconnection differ from centralized generation interconnection
    • technical analyses 
    • application of technology type
  • Managing interconnection of various DER resources (PV, Storage, Wind, CHP, etc.) to the existing utility grid
    • Hosting, heat and restriction maps
  • DER interconnection analysis components
    • moving from rule based to power flow based – Automated Technical Analysis
  • DER criteria – considerations for utilities that are reaching higher DER penetration levels
  • DER integration of the T&D system
  • Harnessing smart inverters
  • Grid connected storage
    • Benefits and challenges
    • Improving the processes and standards for energy storage interconnection
    • Optimizing grid-connected battery storage to enhance renewable energy performance

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

Jason Marenda, Electrical Engineer, POWER Engineers

V.  Utility Interconnection Processes & Case Studies


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Puget Sound Energy (PSE): Overview of Interconnection Process & Adapting to the Changing Interconnection Landscape

  • Overview of Puget Sound Energy (PSE) interconnection process
    • Making requests and applying for interconnection
    • Required and optional studies and analyses
    • Interconnection agreements for a generator
  • 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
    • Implications to PSE’s interconnection process and practices
  • Break down of specific technologies in the queue
  • Operational and management initiatives to accommodate increasing requests for rooftop solar & energy storage

Leslie Almond, Regulatory Compliance Consultant – Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

Jeremy Ciarabellini, Regulatory Compliance Consultant – Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

5:15 – 6:15 p.m. :: Networking Reception (off site)


Thursday, February 6, 2020

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


8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Xcel Energy: Queue Reform Update

This session will discuss Xcel Energy’s recent queue reform filing, and how their interconnection process is evolving due to regulatory initiatives and changing queue volumes.

Liam Noailles, Manager – Federal Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy 

VI. Economics of Interconnection


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Estimating Interconnection Costs and Revenues for Renewable & Storage Projects

Interconnecting new renewable power plants and storage projects involves navigating the many rules and regulations of the given grid region and assessing potential pricing impacts for different sites to try and evaluate the most economically advantageous area.  This session will address the economics of project interconnection from a cost analysis perspective, discussing:

  • Economic and pricing impacts of project interconnection based on site
  • Hurdles and risks that can negatively impact prices
  • Capacity performance and capacity revenues

Chris Loeb, Consultant Analyst – Global Energy and Utilities, PA Consulting

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

VII. Closing Panel & Wrap-Up Discussion


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

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

Patrick Tan, Manager – Transmission & Interconnection, 8minutenergy

Phelim Tavares, Interconnection Specialist, California ISO (CAISO)

11:45 a.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

  • Leslie Almond, Regulatory Compliance Consultant – Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
  • Jeremy Ciarabellini, Regulatory Compliance Consultant – Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
  • Tony Dobbins, Energy Industry Analyst – Commission’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, FERC
  • Vikram Godbole, Director – Resource Utilization, Midcontinent ISO (MISO)
  • Laura Hatfield, Contract Manager, Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
  • Daniel Haughton, Director – DER Integration & Analysis, Arizona Public Service (APS) (invited)
  • Chris Loeb, Consultant Analyst – Global Energy and Utilities, PA Consulting
  • Jason Marenda, Electrical Engineer, POWER Engineers
  • Lauren McCloy, Senior Policy Advisor – Energy, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
  • David Mills, Senior Vice President – Policy & Energy Support, Puget Sound Energy
  • Liam Noailles, Manager – Federal Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy 
  • Enrique Silva, Principal – Transmission & Interconnection, Plus Power
  • Myra Sinnott, Energy Industry Analyst – Commission’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, FERC
  • Patrick Tan, Manager – Transmission & Interconnection, 8minutenergy
  • Phelim Tavares, Senior Interconnection Specialist – Interconnection Resources, California ISO (CAISO)

Location

Puget Sound Energy Headquarters

355 110th Ave NE

Bellevue, WA 98004

 

 

 

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