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By - Jon Brown

Optimizing the Interconnection Process for Renewables & Storage
A Virtual National Interconnection Forum to Address Process & Technical Issues
August 27-28, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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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)
  • 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



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 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.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 – 10:30 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

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

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 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 experiences of developing projects 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
  • Transition of serial to cluster process in multiple markets in the US
  • Changing requirements in the interconnection process (technical data, readiness criteria)
  • Ideal interconnection process (Developer and RTO/ISO/Utility perspective)

Anuj Dixit, Transmission Manager, RWE Renewables Americas

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

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

Linda Wright, Senior Interconnection Specialist – Interconnection Resources, California ISO (CAISO)

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA): Managing Interconnections at T&D Levels

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a federally-owned corporation that manages 16,200 miles of transmission lines and a variety of generating assets — fossil fuels, nuclear, hydro, natural gas and renewable energy — in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and small slices of Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.  This session will focus on the technical analysis and studies TVA conducts when interconnecting renewable generation to the grid, addressing:

  • Technical and operational requirements for generation interconnection
  • Applicable codes, standards, criteria and regulations
  • Solar and storage projects in TVA’s queue
  • How TVA is managing solar and storage interconnections of varying sizes

Josh Lewey, Planning Engineer – Transmission Interconnection Planning, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. :: NERC Reliability Guideline: Improvements to Interconnection Requirements for BPS-Connected Inverter-Based Resources

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has developed a Reliability Guideline on recommended practices for transmission service providers to improve their interconnection requirements to support implementation of NERC Reliability Standards FAC-001-3 and FAC-002-2. The guideline focuses specifically on bulk power system-connected inverter-based resources and how interconnection requirements should be updated to ensure clarity and consistency for those resources. The guideline focuses on the performance of inverter-based resources, monitoring capabilities, modeling, and study approaches. The materials presented are based on extensive work of the NERC Inverter-Based Resource Performance Task Force (IRPTF) as well as NERC’s analysis of bulk power system disturbances including the Blue Cut Fire, Canyon 2 Fire, and other major events.

Rich Bauer, Reliability Risk Mitigation, NERC

Ryan Quint, BPS Security and Grid Transformation, NERC

3:45 – 4:30 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

Jesse Phillips, Manager – Resource Utilization Project Management, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

Friday, August 28, 2020

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Distribution Interconnection Guidelines, Standards, Updates & What’s Next

  • IEEE Introduction
  • Evolution of the IEEE 1547 Standard – 2003, 2014 amendment, 2018 revision
    • Key differences
    • 2018 highlights – Performance categories, communications, AGIR, grid support functions
  • Overview of standard interconnection process for distribution grid
  • Current adoption of IEEE 1547-2018
    • Minnesota
    • California
    • Maryland
    • NARUC Resolution
  • IEEE 1547 Education and Credentialing Program
    • Addressing the needs of utilities and the growing gap of 1547 competent resources
    • Utility driven
  • Approval of IEEE 1547.1 verification standard
    • What does approval of the standard mean for the industry?
  • IEEE P2800 Standard – The IEEE 1547 for Transmission level interconnection

Jason Allnutt, Conformity Assessment Program Specialist, IEEE

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Optimizing Interconnections to the Distribution Grid – Solar PV, Storage & DERs

  • Optimizing technical studies for resource interconnection to the distribution grid
  • DER criteria and operations — considerations for utilities that are reaching higher DER penetration levels
  • Evaluation for interconnecting specific distributed technologies:
    • Solar PV
    • Storage
    • Solar + Storage
    • Microgrids
    • Electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Grid connected storage:
    • front of the meter vs. behind the meter
    • Benefits and challenges
    • Improving the processes and standards for energy storage interconnection
    • Optimizing grid-connected battery storage to enhance renewable energy performance
    • Interactions between net metering and storage systems
    • Compensation for providing ancillary services
  • Hybrid project interconnection
    • Managing solar + storage interconnections
  • Harnessing smart inverters

Nathan Smith, Senior Advisor – Grid Interconnection & Contract Development, Southern California Edison

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  NERC System Planning Impacts from Distributed Energy Resources Working Group (SPIDERWG)

The purpose of the System Planning Impacts from Distributed Energy Resources Working Group (SPIDERWG) at NERC is to address aspects of key points of interest related to system planning, modeling, and reliability impacts to the bulk power system (BPS).  This session will present on the work they are doing in this area, specifically related to aggregating impacts of DERs on the BPS to enhance grid performance and behavior. 

John Skeath, Engineer – Advanced System Analytics and Modeling, NERC

12:30 p.m. :: Program Adjourns


Jason Allnutt, Conformity Assessment Program Specialist, IEEE

Rich Bauer, Reliability Risk Mitigation, NERC

Anuj Dixit, Transmission Manager, RWE Renewables Americas

Josh Lewey, Planning Engineer – Transmission Interconnection Planning, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Jesse Phillips, Manager – Resource Utilization Project Management, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

Ryan Quint, BPS Security and Grid Transformation, NERC

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

John Skeath, Engineer – Advanced System Analytics and Modeling, NERC

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