1. IREC launches project to tackle storage interconnection challenges | Utility Dive

    IREC launches project to tackle storage interconnection challenges | Utility Dive

    The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is launching a project aiming to resolve regulatory and technical barriers to connecting storage projects on the distribution grid, by simplifying the interconnection process for solar-plus-storage and standalone storage projects.

    “The interconnection rules and processes were designed before distributed storage was widely available,” Jason Burwen, vice president of policy for ESA, told Utility Dive in an email.

    “Also, rules around interconnecting to the grid are different in every state, which adds to the confusion. The toolkit is expected to provide some relief to this problem,” according to Burwen.

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    1. 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. That creates a lot of uncertainty for developers, which increases costs and may scare them away from certain markets.
    2. Evolving standards and certifications are not yet fully formed to address some of the unique characteristics of energy storage.
    3. While most states have established interconnection policies that govern the interconnection process for solar, far fewer have directly addressed energy storage in their interconnection policies.
    4. The interconnection rules and processes were designed before distributed storage was widely available.
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