Working with Your Utility Series: Interconnection Basics  

Education Type: 
1 Hour
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

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.


Douglas Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, NREL  

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  

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.

Learning Objectives

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.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: