Reimagining Interconnection Rules and Procedures for Next-Generation Technologies and Updated Standards

Presented by: Tom Stanton - National Regulatory Research Institute &
Michael Coddington - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Distributed generation (DG) interconnection rules are already adopted by at least 32 states, detailing the procedures that applicants and utilities use to process applications expeditiously and ensure the DG systems will cause no harm to the utility system or any other interconnected equipment.

This Webinar briefly summarizes the current status of interconnection processes, and reviews the many updates that are now being developed within the IEEE 1547 and 2030 standards working groups. Those updated standards, along with rapid progress in modeling software used to evaluate proposed DG on utility distribution systems, offer the promises of: higher levels of grid hosting capacity for DG; vastly improved processing timelines for utilities; and reduced risks of DG negatively impacting electric reliability and overall safety. The webinar reviews best practices that are already facilitating safe and reliable interconnections in several jurisdictions, and explores additional improvements that could be adopted in the future.

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Tom Stanton

Michael Coddington

About the Speakers:

Tom Stanton is Principal Researcher, Energy and Environment, at the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI), where he has worked since fall 2010. Tom specializes in policy research for distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, renewable energy, grid modernization, and global climate change. A life-long Michigan resident, Tom previously worked for Michigan’s state government, 10 years at the State Energy Office and then over 22 years at the Michigan Public Service Commission. Mr. Stanton earned a B.A. in Communications and M.A. in Journalism, both from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.



Michael Coddington is a principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he has focused on interconnection codes, standards and FERC rules for the past nine years. He presently leads a multi-lab agreement focused on emerging Electric Distribution Planning approaches and tools. Prior to coming to NREL, Michael spent nearly 20 years in the electric utility industry, where he focused on electric distribution system design and planning, key account management, and interconnected his first distributed generation system in 1992. Michael is presently working with LBNL and PNNL to develop electric distribution planning materials for state utility regulators and NARUC.


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