Working with Your Utility Series: Interconnection Basics  

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

This webinar will provide information on interconnection basics for federal agencies developing distributed energy projects. Considerations covered will include understanding interconnection processes and timelines, interconnection siting considerations, technology-specific interconnection issues, and interconnect agreements. This webinar will be the first in a multipart series on working with electric utilities to develop distributed energy projects on federal sites.


Douglas Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Doug is a project analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He performs techno-economic analyses to identify what mix of generation technologies will most cost-effectively meet a site’s power needs. He also evaluates early stage project development considerations for renewable energy and resilience projects.

Chandra Shah, Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She has supported the Federal Energy Management Program since 1998 and has more than 15 years of experience helping federal partners reduce costs by implementing distributed energy (through ESPC Energy Sales Agreements and other mechanisms) and purchasing off-site renewables. She is a Certified Energy Manager 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 training, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the typical interconnection process for connecting a distributed energy project to your serving utility’s grid;
  • Explore valuable strategies for siting distributed energy projects to minimize interconnection risk and cost;
  • Identify technology-specific interconnection issues; and
  • Discuss interconnection agreements and common clauses that may require revision to conform to federal regulations.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: