Discovering New Opportunities to Improve Your DER Interconnection Process

July 9, 2018
1 - 5pm EST
Washington, DC
Discovering New Opportunities to Improve Your DER Interconnection Process

DER Interconnection Process

Presented in partnership with NREL

Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Time: 1-5pm ET
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Emerging Challenges and Solutions for PV and DER Interconnection at Varying Levels of Penetration

This interactive, half-day workshop, presented in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will be an opportunity for attendees to deepen knowledge on a broad suite of distributed PV and other DER interconnection issues, as well as provide feedback and insights based on their own experiences. The workshop will be oriented toward discussing when utilities should consider taking action based on levels of DER penetration and utility-specific attributes (e.g. number of customers).

This event is a part of the Grid Evolution Summit, click here to register for the entire conference along with this workshop and be a part of the future of energy. 

What Will You Get Out of the Workshop?

  • An introduction to Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) and the latest in this area of research
  • An introduction to the Interconnection Best Practices Guidebook and associated  interconnection maturity model concept development
    • Including topical deep-dives to expand foundational knowledge
  • Concrete actionable information from other utilities
  • Influence research at DGIC and SEPA in a direction that responds to stakeholder needs
  • Impact what topics would be important to cover in the coming years at DGIC and updates on likely structure of partnerships to continue the work
1:00pm Mapping participants to interconnection “stress” (e.g. number of interconnection applications compared to available resources for interconnection)
1:00 – 1:15pm Introduction to the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) and workshop agenda
1:15 – 2:00pm Highlights of DER Interconnection Best Practices: Cybersecurity, Cost Allocation, and Distribution System Upgrades and Planning
2:00 – 3:00pm Panel: What interconnection best practices are appropriate for different penetration levels?

Mike Keyser (Barc Electric)

Howard Smith (Southern Company)
Luis Figueroa (Pepco)
Dan Gabriel (ComEd)

3:00 – 3:30pm Exercise: Prioritization of activities over next 20 years across technology, policy/regulatory, and market issue sets to improve interconnection (this session includes a break)
3:30 – 4:30pm Panel: What can be done internally at utilities and what support is needed from other organizations (e.g. national labs, industry associations, etc.) to improve interconnection and integration of DER? How can stakeholders collaborate on improving interconnection processes? What data is needed, and how can this be shared?

Moderator: Justin Cruise (Rappahannock Electric Cooperative)

Speakers: Mike Coddington (NREL)
Nadav Enbar (EPRI)

4:30 – 5:00pm Future directions for the DGIC
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