Interconnection Workshop

Clear interconnection standards are the “rules of the road” of the grid. They are essential to maintaining system safety and reliability, while also enabling the adoption of renewable energy, energy storage and other emerging energy technologies. Join IREC and SEIA for a deep dive workshop and training on interconnection standards and established national best practices for interconnection timelines, fees, technical requirements, and other related processes. Featuring an instructional component and breakout sessions, participants will learn from national experts and each other about what’s working and what’s not with interconnection (both in the Southeast and across the country). The scope of the content will include interconnection issues related to state-jurisdictional (i.e., not FERC-jurisdictional, wholesale markets) renewable energy projects, energy storage, and other distributed energy resources. The workshop will also cover smart inverters and the issues cropping up with forthcoming changes to IEEE 1547.

Note: This workshop is designed for SEIA Members, regulators, state and local policymakers

Participants will learn:

  • What interconnection standards are, what they entail, and why they are critical to sustained renewable energy and energy storage market growth.
  • Established and vetted best practices for interconnection, with examples from states and utilities across the country, as well as FERC.
  • How to most appropriately address energy storage in interconnection standards.
  • Common interconnection challenges and proven solutions.
  • The current status of smart inverter adoption in California and Hawaii and what states should be thinking about and considering with the forthcoming rollout of IEEE 1547 and the onset of smart inverter functionality.

Workshop facilitated by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

Tentative Agenda

Time Activity
1:00 pm Welcome and introductions
1:10 pm - 2:25 pm State Interconnection Best Practices, National Trends and Southeast State Insights
2:25 pm - 2:35 pm Break
2:35 pm - 3:10 pm Connecting Energy Storage to the Grid: Interconnection Considerations and Emerging Practices
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm IEEE 1547 and Smart Inverter Functionality: Pathways to Adoption
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm Wrap-up Discussion
4:00 pm Adjourn