Working with Your Utility Series: Advanced Interconnection Topics, Part 2  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1 Hour
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

This is the second in a multi-part series on working with electric utilities to develop distributed energy projects on federal sites. This training provides information on advanced interconnection topics for federal agencies developing distributed energy projects. Considerations covered include:

  • Common PV and battery codes and standards;
  • Distribution system configurations and studies; and
  • Cybersecurity and site access.


Douglas Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, NREL  

Doug Gagne is a project analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He currently provides early-stage federal project development support for renewable energy and resilience projects, including techno-economic analyses to identify what mix of generation technologies will most cost-effectively meet a site's power needs. He also supports early-stage resilience project development and brings extensive federal procurement expertise.

Chandra Shah, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA, CEM, Senior Project Leader, NREL  

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She has been supporting FEMP since 1998--helping agencies purchase off-site renewable energy, implement distributed energy projects, and achieve energy/water goals through utility energy service contracts and other utility partnerships. She is a CEM and holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize components of distribution system configurations and studies;
  • Identify common solar PV and battery standards; Identify cybersecurity impacts on interconnection; and
  • Recognize other important technical interconnection requirements.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: