This training provides information on interconnection basics for federal agencies developing distributed energy projects. Considerations include: Understanding interconnection processes and timelines, interconnection siting considerations, technology-specific interconnection issues, and interconnect agreements.
This recorded webinar is the first in a multi-part series on working with electric utilities to develop distributed energy projects on federal sites.
- Working With Your Utility Series: Interconnection Basics
- Working With Your Utility Series: Advanced Interconnection Topics, Part 1
- Working with Your Utility Series: Utility Cost Implications of a Distributed Energy Project
Douglas Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, NREL Read Bio
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 Read Bio
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.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
- Identify the typical interconnection process for connecting a distributed energy project to your serving utility's grid;
- Gain valuable strategies for siting distributed energy projects to minimize interconnection risk and cost;
- Understand technology-specific interconnection issues; and
- Recognize interconnection agreements and common clauses that may require revision to conform to federal regulations.