Optimizing the Interconnection Process

Optimizing the Interconnection Process

June 21-22, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“Great overview of emerging and current technologies in the LDES space with diverse perspectives from utilities, manufacturers and other renewable/resilient energy focused organizations.” Mechanical Engineer, RMS Group

Efforts to replace fossil fuels with renewable resources has created a backlog of interconnection requests to the transmission and distribution grid. System operators and utilities must process requests ranging from offshore and onshore wind, utility-scale solar, community solar, rooftop solar, batteries, electric vehicles, data centers, and more. To process these requests in a timely and cost-effective manner queue reform and process revisions are needed.

EUCI’s annual conference, Optimizing the Interconnection Process, is where regulators, system operators, and utilities such as FERC, CAISO, MISO and Ameren convene to highlight the latest initiatives, provide status updates, and discuss emerging challenges. Get best practices and lessons learned from active developers in the queue such as Q Cells, Freedom Forever, Borrego, Apex Clean Energy, Rev Renewables, and more!

Learning Outcomes

This conference will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Discuss the latest rulemakings and reforms such as Order No. 845, 841, 2222, and ANOPR
  • Identify strategies for facilitating the Solar Boom and streamlining cluster studies
  • Review generator interconnection queue studies, long-term and interregional planning
  • Discuss updates and enhancements to RTO/ISO interconnection processes
  • Review DER deployment, interconnection, and system impacts studies
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned from active renewable developers

 

Agenda

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: The Interconnection Process, Related Rulemakings, and Current Challenges

This presentation will discuss the background/history of FERC standard generator interconnection agreements and procedures and current challenges in the generator interconnection process. It will cover recent rulemakings such as Order No. 845 reforms to the interconnection procedures and agreements, Order No. 841 rules around electric storage resources, and recent actions around hybrid resources and offshore wind.  There will also be a discussion of Order No. 2222, which allows distributed energy resources (DERs) to participate in the wholesale energy markets, and the ANOPR (Docket No. RM21-17), which considers the need for more holistic transmission planning and cost allocation and generator interconnection processes, to plan the grid for the future. 

Myra Sinnott, Energy Industry Analyst, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, FERC

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 am – 12:00 p.m. :: Strategies for Facilitating the Solar Boom in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

The current number of solar projects in the PJM, NYISO and ISO-NE queues suggest that we are on the verge of the next solar boom. This session will discuss potential ways to improve interconnection processes including strategies to streamline system cluster studies and long-term planning to facilitate the next solar boom.

Bhaskar Ray, Head of Interconnection and Development Engineering, Q CELLS

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Generator Interconnection Queue Studies, Long-Range Transmission Plan (LRTP), and Interregional Planning

MISO has a major grid update underway called the Long-Range Transmission Plan (LRTP). The plan includes an $18-100 billion investment in transmission development, replete with updates to MISO’s MTEP and reliability Imperative initiative. This session will highlight the features of the Long-Range Transmission Plan (LRTP) and provide a roadmap for transmission development in the MISO service territory. New this year, hear from a renewable developer who is active in the region on best practices, lessons learned, and perspectives on process improvement.

Ryan Westphal, Manager Resource Utilization, MISO

Deepesh Rana, Director, Transmission & Interconnection, Apex Clean Energy

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. :: Updates to CAISO Interconnection Process, 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 rulings on CAISO interconnection process
  • Upcoming enhancements to the interconnection process
  • Upcoming changes to tariff with some of the process enhancements

Matt Chambers, Senior Interconnection Specialist, Interconnection Resources, CAISO

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Wrap Up Panel Discussion

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

Myra Sinnott, Energy Industry Analyst, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, FERC

Zelalem Tekle, Manager, Transmission Interconnection, Rev Renewables

5:00 p.m. :: Day 1 Adjourns

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 – 10:30 am DER Aggregation and Preparing for a Rush of Interconnection Requests on the Distributed Grid

State-level decarbonization goals, increased electrification of end-use applications, and FERC Order 2222 are all contributing to an increased emphasis on DERs – both behind and in front of the meter.  Furthermore, the aggressive deployment coupled with the opportunity to expand the value stack to include wholesale transactions will induce more aggregators to participate in the market.  This session will examine the impact and challenges of increased DER deployment on interconnection processes at utilities, the need for automation to accelerate application processing and reduce manual approval, and increased reliance on dynamic hosting capacity to evaluate interconnection on circuits with greater density levels.

Moderated by: David South, Senior Principal, Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe Partners

Kathryn (Kat) Cox-Arslan, Director, Interconnection Policy, Borrego Solar Systems

David Kathan, Senior Economist, FERC

Peter Millburg, Senior Manager, Regulatory Compliance, Ameren

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: DER Project Challenges and Interconnection Lessons Learned in the Midwest

This presentation will summarize Net Metering and Interconnection numbers including Community Solar.  We will also go over Ameren Illinois DER Interconnection Tools, Interconnection Policy, and Witness test procedures. We will go over the future interconnection tools that we are developing and the complications around them as well as cover field experience examples that we have seen that has given us mixed experiences. New this year, hear from a renewable developer who is active in the region on best practices, lessons learned, and perspectives on process improvement.

Eddie Creighton, Engineer, DER Integration & Strategy, Ameren 

Brian Cuffle, Supervisor Distribution Design, Ameren

Alex Silva, Interconnection & Incentive, National Manager, Freedom Forever

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

  • Matt Chambers, Senior Interconnection Specialist, Interconnection Resources, CAISO

  • Kathryn (Kat) Cox-Arslan, Director, Interconnection Policy, Borrego Solar Systems

  • Eddie Creighton, Engineer, DER Integration & Strategy, Ameren

  • Brian Cuffle, Supervisor Distribution Design, Ameren

  • David Kathan, Senior Economist, FERC

  • Peter Millburg, Senior Manager, Regulatory Compliance, Ameren

  • Deepesh Rana, Director, Transmission & Interconnection, Apex Clean Energy

  • Bhaskar Ray, Head of Interconnection and Development Engineering, Q CELLS

  • Alex Silva, Interconnection & Incentive, National Manager, Freedom Forever

  • Myra Sinnott, Energy Industry Analyst, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, FERC 

  • David South, Senior Principal, Energy & Utilities Practice, West Monroe Partners

  • Zelalem Tekle, Manager, Transmission Interconnection, Rev Renewables

  • Ryan Westphal, Manager Resource Utilization, MISO

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.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • 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.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • 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.

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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Optimizing the Interconnection Process

June 21-22, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before May 20, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

CEUs

Credits

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EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Panel discussions, PowerPoint presentations, and Q&A sessions will be used in the program.


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

 

 

Who Should Attend

  • Federal and State Regulators
  • System Operators (RTOs/ISOs) and Balancing Authorities
  • Transmission & Distribution Utilities: IOUs, Muni’s & Coops
  • Renewable Energy Developers of Utility-Scale and DERs

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