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Connecting to the Grid: A Guide to Distributed Generation Interconnection Issues

Connecting to the Grid: A Guide to Distributed Generation Interconnection Issues

Date: 10/31/2009

Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) published a new edition of Connecting to the Grid. The sixth edition of this guide introduces readers to the issues surrounding policy and technical considerations of grid-integrated renewable energy development.

Despite growing demand for a cleaner, more reliable energy source, there remains a lack of uniform policies that allow renewable energy generators to connect to the utility grid. This fact significantly complicates renewable energy installations and has likely deterred the adoption of customer-sited distributed generation. Well-designed interconnection standards facilitate the deployment of renewables and other forms of distributed generation by specifying the technical and institutional requirements and terms by which utilities and distributed generation system owners must abide. To assist stakeholders in developing such standards, IREC published the first edition of Connecting to the Grid in 1997. Because distribution-level interconnection issues remain largely in the domain of the states, this guide is designed for state regulators and other policymakers, utilities, industry representatives and consumers interested in the development of state-level interconnection standards.

This information was last updated on December 13, 2013