IREC leads a project that will identify and develop solutions for technical and regulatory barriers affecting the storage and grid interconnection.
Because many US states do not have clear regulations for the interconnection process developers face uncertainty and increasing costs. The project team includes not only the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) but also the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA), utilities New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Inc. (NHEC) and PacifiCorp, and law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP (SMW).
Larry Sherwood, IREC President and CEO, says: “In many states, if you propose a system with solar-plus-storage, the rules about how to interconnect to the grid are not at all clear. As a result, the full benefits of storage are not realized. Establishing best practices for the interconnection of storage to the grid is critical to sustaining market growth and enabling significant clean energy deployment.”
After identifying the barriers the project team wants to develop a solution toolkit fit for national application, accompanied by extensive training and educational outreach.
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