Standards & Codes For Inverters

Standards & Codes For Inverters

IEEE 1547 – 2018 and P2800, NEC, NERC, UL1741

April 29-30, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

A complex overlay of industry standards, regulations and codes govern inverter-based power resources and system interconnections, especially those associated with solar and storage.  This course will survey the codes and standards landscape that guide the deployment of inverters and generally describe the essential norms, as well as how they continue to be refined. It will pay particular attention to recently revised, adopted and implemented IEEE 1547-2018 and now-developing P2800 standards, UL 1741, NERC and state-adopted codes that relate to the present and future deployment of inverters.  The course will be especially valuable to utility, balancing area, project development, investor and OEM organizations with responsibilities for ensuring safe and efficient grid management associated with the variable and intermittent resources facilitated by inverters.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review changes to standards and codes that influence inverter grid functionality and contribution value
  • Discuss the purposes of each IEEE “family” of standards and their importance to power system performance
  • Identify advanced inverter functions and how their deployment improves grid integration of renewable and DERs
  • Evaluate and translate standards and codes into utility-specific implementation requirements
  • Specify the issues associated with harmonizing standards and codes for distribution-level vs bulk power system inverter deployment and how that will improve their implementation



Thursday, April 29, 2021 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Welcome, Overview and Introductions

1:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Course Timing

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: The Relevance of System Operability & Standards to Utility and Area Electric Power Systems (EPS)

  • Functional objectives
    • Coordinate operation of generation at distribution and transmission level to maintain grid reliability
    • Maintenance crew safety
    • Ability to offer grid services
    • Cyber security
    • Controlled islanded operations
  • National interconnection standards and related codes update
    • IEEE 1547–2018
      • As adopted
      • Subsequent updates
      • Special sub-sections
        • IEEE 1547.1–2020 (conformance test procedures)
        • IEEE P1547.2 (application guide)
        • IEEE P1547.9 (energy storage)
    • UL 1741 
  • NERC and FERC level DER interconnection performance requirements
  • State-specific rules for DERs interconnection
  • Utility standards guide and processes
  • Harmonization of interconnection requirements

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Break

3:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: IEEE Standards & Guides

1547-2018 series

IEEE 1547.1–2020

P2800 series

2030 series

  • Major (especially, disruptive) changes adopted and/or in process
  • Benefits to the system
  • How these revisions impact utility and EPS operations
  • What they require utilities and project developers to do differently
  • How much it will it cost and who will pay

4:45 p.m. :: Course Adjourns for Day

Friday, April 30, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: NERC Standards/Guidelines/Studies and Relationship to IEEE Performance Requirements

  • Objectives
    • Measures to ensure resilience and rapid recovery
    • Wholesale power market adjustments to accommodate DERs
    • Removing barriers to participation of aggregated and inverter-based devices
  • NERC-based
    • MOD standards
    • PRC-024 standard
    • Inverter-based resource performance task force (IRPTF)
      • Reliability guideline documents
    • IEEE P2800

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Assurance Measures to Correlate Inverter Functions with Performance Criteria

  • UL 1741 
    • Purpose and functions
    • Process for creation
    • Tests
    • Differentiating utility interactive products
    • Timeline projections of grid support interconnection certifications
    • Interim measures
    • Relationship to other standards
  • Harmonization with IEEE 1547.1 – 2020 and P2800.1

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: Updated State Rules to Standards

  • State Rules for…
    • Rule 14 (Hawaii)
    • Rule 21 (Calif)
    • Section 215 (Minn)
    • Order No. 11-75-E (Mass)
    • SIR-Standardized Interconnection Requirements (NY)
    • Others

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Utility-specific Implementation

  • Case studies
  • Discussion

4:30 p.m. :: Course Adjourns


John Berdner, Vice President – Regulatory Strategy, Enphase Energy

John Berdner is the Vice President of Regulatory Strategy for Enphase Energy.  He has a strong industry track record with leadership roles at companies such as SMA America, SolarEdge Technologies, and most recently Enphase Energy. He is active in many Codes and Standards groups including IEEE 1547, UL 1741, National Electrical Code, and the CA Smart Inverter Working Group.  He also provides technical knowledge to policy groups such as CalSEIA and DERC Hawaii.

Jens Boemer, Principal Technical Leader – Power Delivery and Utilization Sector, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Invited

Jens Boemer is Principal Technical Leader in the Transmission Operations and Planning group of the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).  He leads EPRI’s strategic research on integrated transmission & distribution planning and operations, including projects on the grid integration of renewable and distributed energy resources with a focus on power system stability issues. His areas of expertise include interconnection guidelines, aggregated modeling of distributed solar photovoltaics for bulk power system reliability studies, and DER communications and control..  In addition, he contributes to the drafting of IEEE and other standards, including IEEE Std 1547-2018 and is the lead and contributing author of reports and White Papers on interconnection requirements for DER.  Dr. Boemer joined EPRI in November 2014 with 10 years of experience in technical and regulatory requirements that helped to facilitate the German “Energiewende” (energy transition). In 2013/2014 he studied at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, in the Intelligent Electrical Power Grids group of the Electrical Sustainable Energy department from where he obtained a Ph.D. degree. Until October 2012, he was Senior Consultant in the Power Systems and Markets Group at the Ecofys premises in Berlin, Germany. He received his Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, where he specialized on power systems and renewable energies.

Mike Coddington, Principal Engineer – Integrated Devices and Systems Group , National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Michael Coddington is a Principal Engineer with the Integrated Devices and Systems Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  Before coming to NREL nearly 10 years ago, he worked as a Distribution Planning and network Engineer, System Planning Engineer, Key Account Executive, and numerous other roles at two electric utility companies.  His work at NREL focuses on the integration of photovoltaic systems (and other distributed generation systems) to the electric distribution system, with a focus on high penetration PV concerns and solutions.  Mr. Coddington has authored and collaborated on dozens of technical reports and papers focusing on integrating distributed generation systems onto the grid in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner.  He is active in standards and codes development, is a Senior Member of the IEEE, was Secretary of IEEE 1547.6, and is a voting member of the UL1741 Standards Technical Panel (STP).  He received his electrical engineering degree from Colorado State University.

Babak Enayati, Manager of Technology Deployment, National Grid

Babak Enayati is Manager of Technology Deployment at National Grid, leading a team which is responsible for deploying new technologies on National Grid’s electric transmission network.   He started his career at the utility in 2010, and over the years has worked on power system protection, control of microgrids, modeling and aging analysis of electrical asynchronous machines, optimization of electrical drives, multi-generation power system dynamics analysis, and control of switched reluctance motors.  Dr. Enayati is the Vice Chair of the IEEE 1547 standard, has led the Microgrid section of the IEEE 1547.8 and is IEEE PES Boston Chapter Chair.  He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY and is an adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Andy Hoke, Senior Engineer – Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Anderson F. Hoke is a Senior Engineer in the Power Systems Engineering Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His research interests include power electronics and controls for integration of distributed and renewable energy with electric power systems. He is experienced in design, testing, modeling, simulation, and hardware-in-the-loop techniques.  Dr. Hoke is active in DER standards development and is currently the Chair of the IEEE P1547.1 Working Group. Before joining NREL, he designed and installed renewable and distributed energy systems, including more than 100 grid-tied and off-grid solar PV systems. He received the B.A. degree in engineering physics from Dartmouth College, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado. Dr. Hoke has co-authored some 50 publications and received the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting Best Conference Paper Award in 2015 and 2017.

Michael Ropp, Principal Member – Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

Michael Ropp is Principal Member of the Technical Staff specializing in power electronics at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, which he joined in 2019.  Preceding that, he was president and principal engineer of Northern Plains Power Technologies.  Dr. Ropp has two decades’ experience in power engineering, power electronics, and photovoltaics.  He has worked in nearly every aspect of photovoltaics, from solar cell fabrication through on- and off-grid system design.  He has authored more than fifty technical publications and holds two patents.  Dr. Ropp is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is active in standards creation.  He received a Bachelor degree in Music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Charlie Vartanian, Senior Technical Advisor – Storage Reliability and Integration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Charlie Vartanian is a Sr. Technical Advisor in Storage Reliability and Integration, within PNNL’s Electrochemical Materials and Systems Group. His focus is the advancement of reliability and integration of grid connected energy storage systems. Charlie has over 25 years of power industry experience deploying advanced grid technologies, performing electric system studies, and contributing to technical standards development. He has worked previously for Mitsubishi Electric, UET, DNV KEMA, A123 Systems, Enron, the California Energy Commission, and Southern California Edison. During his 15 years at Southern California Edison, Charlie’s activities spanned traditional T&D planning through R&D. He is a currently Secretary of the IEEE 1547.9 Guide for DER Energy Storage Interconnection working group, and Co-Chair of the IEEE Energy Storage Task Force. Charlie received his BSEE from Cal Poly Pomona, and his MSEE from USC. 

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

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  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
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  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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