Optimizing the Interconnection Process for Renewables & Storage
A National Forum for Addressing Process and Technical Issues
July 30-31, 2018
Philadeplphia, PA

Add yourself to our mailing listDownload Brochure

Overview

Renewable energy and new grid technologies – energy storage, microgrids, electric vehicles – are moving into mainstream use and being integrated to the grid.  This new energy landscape is driving greater creativity and flexibility in the interconnection process, to pave the way for: greater contributions from alternative sources, new methods that will save customers time and money, faster interconnections, and grid reliability.

This conference will serve as a forum for all entities involved in the interconnection procedures to review process and technical issues for interconnecting renewable energy and new technologies to the electric grid, addressing both distribution and transmission projects.  It will discuss the process for interconnection utilized by different entities across the country, identify technical requirements from start to finish, evaluate potential regulatory and policy directions, and evaluate how best to update the interconnection process to accommodate the evolving electricity grid. Sessions will feature the perspectives of project developers, vertically-integrated utilities, distribution and transmission utilities, balancing authorities and system operators to share their expertise and discuss best practices for optimizing the interconnection process. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the latest interconnection regulatory changes and rule-makings in process on the state and FERC level
  • Discuss how utilities are collaborating with city “solarize” programs to streamline the interconnection process for new residential solar customers
  • Evaluate how new technologies and a changing grid create new technical and operational challenges for interconnection
  • 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 re: generator
  • Review PJM’s and MISO’s interconnection processes and challenges to incorporate distributed energy resources into wholesale markets as well as regional coordination initiatives with other RTOs/ISOs and non-RTO jurisdictions
  • Assess specific challenges for interconnecting grid-scale wind, solar and battery projects
  • Assess specific challenges for interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
    • Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations
    • 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

AP_Logo

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 1.0 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 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

Monday, July 30, 2018

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

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

Tony Gay, Vice President – Governmental & External Affairs, PECO Energy


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
  • 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

Tony Dobbins, 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 -11:30 a.m. :: “Solarize Philly” – Collaborating for a Renewable Future Through Utility Interconnection Preparedness 

Philadelphia Energy Authority’s “Solarize Philly” campaign is a city-wide program to help all Philadelphians go solar at home.  The program has been wildly successful – with thousands signing up, and hundreds of contracts in place for residential solar, it is now one of the largest solarize programs in the country.  This session will give an overview of the program initiatives, highlighting how collaboration with the local utility (PECO Energy) and key organizations proved crucial to the program’s success.

  • Overview of “Solarize Philly”
    • Number of contracts currently in place
    • Future phases of program and anticipated contract volumes
    • Job creation, training and support offered through the program
    • Special financing options for low and moderate-income households
    • Key partnerships
  • PECO Energy’s role
    • Designing a successful partnership to support for Solarize Philly
    • Supporting new solar interconnections
    • Cooperation with data sharing
  • Ensuring successful permitting — collaborating with the Dept of License and Inspections

Emily Schapira, Executive Director, Philadelphia Energy Authority

Brian Barr, Manager – Distributed Energy Group, PECO Energy

Joe Kiss, Owner, KISS Electric


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: MISO Update & Regional RTO/ISO Coordination for Interconnection

This session will provide insights and updates regarding multiple initiatives and developments relevant to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) interconnection process, discussing:

  • What projects are in MISO’s queues today?
  • Percentages of specific technologies currently in MISO’s queues
    • Transmission— project types and their percentages
    • Distribution — project types and their percentages
  • Projection of future footprint of MISO’s interconnection queue – what will the distribution of renewable energy look like in the short- and long-term?
  • How are ISOs, RTOs, and non-RTO jurisdictions coordinating with customers on the interconnection process?
    • Impacts to traditional interconnection process with regional overlap
    • Optimizing analysis and studies of effects to the system
  • Update on MISO coordination with…
    • SPP
    • PJM
    • Non-RTO jurisdictional systems
  • MISO’s 2017 Queue Reform – results and successes so far

Arash Ghodsian, Manager – Resource Interconnection, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:15 – 2:15 p.m. :: Challenges to Incorporate Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into Wholesale Markets

This session will discuss the process and requirements for generator and storage interconnection in the PJM Interconnection.  The session will describe PJM’s current process and reasons it is done this specific way.  It will also describe current challenges within PJM’s interconnection process that FERC and stakeholders are reviewing.  Specifically, the session will describe:

  • Queue policies, procedures, deadlines and requirements
  • Making requests and applying for interconnection
  • Required and optional studies and analyses
  • Interconnection agreements for a generator
  • Aggregation issues on distribution circuits
  • Results of recent FERC technical conference
  • Considerations for site location and available points of interconnection

David Egan, Manager – Interconnection Projects, PJM Interconnection


2:15 – 3:00 p.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

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Distributed Energy Resource Interconnection & Operations: PV, Storage, Microgrids, Electric Vehicles

  • What renewable and technology projects are trending in the distribution queue?
  • Best management practices for DER interconnection and grid integration
  • Optimizing technical studies for resource interconnection to the distribution grid
  • Update on smart Inverters/IEEE revisions 1547 – impacts to the interconnection process
  • Inverter considerations
    • Communication and control
    • Low voltage ride-through
    • Short circuit duty contribution and ground grid impacts from clusters of inverter projects
  • PECO’s microgrid — update on development and lessons learned so far
  • Evaluation for interconnecting specific distributed technologies:
    • Solar PV
    • Storage
    • Microgrids
    • Electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Storage
    • Interactions between net metering and storage systems
    • Compensation for providing ancillary services
    • Discuss non-exporting systems

Nathan Smith, Senior Project Manager – Grid Contracts Origination & Operations, Southern California Edison

George Sey, DER Interconnection Manager, PECO Energy

David Egan, Manager – Interconnection Projects, PJM Interconnection

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception (Downtown Philadelphia –Location TBD)


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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


8:15 – 9:45 a.m. :: Managing Increasing Volumes of Interconnection Applications: Customer Education, Organizational Development & Forecasting

  • Considerations for developing an “ideal” utility interconnection department
  • Customer education and engagement on interconnection
    • Educating customers and vendors on interconnection requirements
    • Tools for working with customers and vendors to interconnect rooftop PV
    • Tools for working with vendors to interconnect community solar
    • Internal education to improve the interconnection process
  • Forecasting application volumes in the interconnection queue — best practices and considerations

Brian Cuffle, Supervisor – Distribution Design, Ameren

James Mirable, Principle Engineer, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Candace Etzler, Manager – Interconnection Business Office, Baltimore Gas & Electric

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:00 – 10:45 a.m. :: Large Hybrid Interconnections — Interconnections for Renewable & Storage Projects of the Future

Currently, there are few utility projects that combine wind, solar, and/or energy storage resources.  However, experts predict that these ‘hybrid’ projects will start to appear more and more, as their advantages — including flexible dispatching and load profiles, fuller use of transmission, and cost-competitiveness — are being realized in the industry.  This session will evaluate the future of hybrid renewable projects and discuss implications for the interconnection process, addressing:

  • What are hybrid projects?
  • What types of hybrid projects are in development, or projected to be in the near future?
    • Large wind and solar paired with battery storage
    • Hybrid projects on the distribution grid
  • How are hybrid projects currently managed in the interconnection process?
  • How should the interconnection process evolve to accommodate new technologies and pairing of technologies?

Ravi Bantu, Director – Transmission Americas, RES Americas


10:45 – 11:45 a.m. :: Closing Session: Building Innovation and Flexibility into the Interconnection Process

  • Addressing problems and removing barriers in the renewable interconnection process
  • 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
  • Interconnection issues around monitoring of base services so customer can be compensated
  • New technologies to help integrate renewables
  • Changes and updates to current practices that would enable…
    • Schedule certainty
    • Cost certainty
    • Considerations for overall system reliability planning
  • Conference recap and moving forward
    • What can participants walk away with from this conference in terms of what works and what needs to change across the regions’ interconnection processes?
    • What should be the top three action items for FERC and/or common to all regions?
    • What are the most important items in vertically-integrated, state regulated contexts?
    • What are the most important items in competitive market contexts?

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

Laura Hatfield, Contract Manager – Transmission Policy & Contracts Representative, PECO Energy

Workshop

Hosting Capacity Analysis – A Key Tool for Streamlining Distribution Interconnection

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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

1:00 – 4:30 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)

  1. How DERs affect the entire electric system
  2. Criteria for DER interconnection

How HCA Fits in With:

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

How HCA can Improve Interconnection and Integration of DERs

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

Key Goals of Implementing HCA for Distribution System Analysis

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

Finding the Right Method for HCA on a Particular System

  1. Determining the difficulty of actually doing a HCA
  2. Developing proper analytical tools for your system

Hosting Capacity Maps (HCM)

  1. Overview of HCMs
  2. Determining the values in HCMs
  3. What violations are looked at when creating a HCMs
  4. Utilizing heat maps in conjunction with HCMs

Hosting Capacity Maps (HCM)

  1. Overview of HCMs
  2. Determining the values in HCMs
  3. What violations are looked at when creating a HCMs
  4. Utilizing heat maps in conjunction with HCMs

Using Heat Maps in Conjunction with HCA

  1. Identifying areas of pending and installed generation
  2. Working around congested areas

Visibility and Control of DERs – Best Practices

  1. 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 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.

Dave Wilson, Electrical Engineer, Pepco Holdings Company

Dave Wilson is an Electrical Engineer with Pepco Holdings, a subsidiary of Exelon, based in Washington, D.C. He is passionate about the role that utilities must play in modernizing the grid and improving the process to interconnect new electrical generation sources. He is especially interested in applications of data analytics as a driver for new interconnections and managing the grid. He works in the Distributed Energy Resources Planning and Analytics department, and focuses on network applications within the Washington, D.C. region. In addition, he supports general analytics and data management for the entire PHI region which includes Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. Originally from Ohio, Mr. Wilson received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He is also in the process of completing an MBA with a focus in data analytics from George Washington University. Today, he will be providing an overview of the PHI interconnection process and technical analyses, management and analysis of active and pending interconnections, and interactive mapping capabilities.

Speakers

Ravi Bantu, Director – Transmission Americas, RES Americas

Brian Barr, Senior Account Executive, PECO Energy

Brian Cuffle, Supervisor – Distribution Design, Ameren

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

David Egan, Manager – Interconnection Projects, PJM Interconnection

Candace Etzler, Manager – Interconnection Business Office, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Arash Ghodsian, Manager – Resource Interconnection, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

Laura Hatfield, Contract Manager – Transmission Policy & Contracts Representative, PECO Energy

Joe Kiss, Owner, KISS Electric

James Mirable, Principle Engineer, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Emily Schapira, Executive Director, Philadelphia Energy Authority

George Sey, DER Interconnection Manager, PECO Energy

Nathan Smith, Senior Project Manager – Grid Contracts Origination & Operations, Southern California Edison

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

Location

PECO Corporate Office, Energy Hall
2301 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Nearby Hotels

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square
1800 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
(215) 561-7500
0.4 miles to Conference Location

Embassy Suites Philadelphia Center City
1776 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
(215) 561-1776
0.5 miles to Conference Location

The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
One Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
(215) 963-1500
0.5 miles to Conference Location

The Westin Philadelphia
99 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
215) 563-1600
0.6 miles to Conference Location

Sofitel Philadelphia
120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
(215) 569-8300
0.6 miles to Conference Location

Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
220 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
(215) 735-6000
0.6 miles to Conference Hotel

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
(215) 448-2000
0.6 miles to Conference Location

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

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, July 13, 2018
Standard RateAttendees
Optimizing the Interconnection Process for Renewables & StorageUS $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

This event has the following workshops:

Hosting Capacity Analysis - A Key Tool for Streamlining Distribution InterconnectionUS $ 495.00
US $ 595.00

Take advantage of these discounts!

  • Attend the Conference and workshop and pay US $ 1,595.00 per attendee (save US $ 95.00 each)

Register 3 Send 4th Free!

Any organization wishing to send multiple attendees to these conferences may send 1 FREE for every 3 delegates registered. Please note that all registrations must be made at the same time to qualify.

Cancellation Policy

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 June 29, 2018 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

Host Utility
Sponsor
Supporting Organization