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Northeast Conference Agenda

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9:00 AM
  1. Weatherly
    420 mins

    This boot camp will provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct interconnection studies for distributed energy resources (DER) in distribution grid networks. The boot camp will cover a range of topics, including the basics of DER interconnection, hosting capacity maps, software tools for interconnection studies, and interconnection study best practices. The boot camp will use an open-source software tool and grid test systems to illustrate the importance of good data, different analytical methods, and automation in the study of hosting capacity, grid impacts, and potential grid network upgrades. The boot camp will close with a discussion on how to practice and share learnings with others.

    • Participants should bring a laptop and expect to work on sample problems in teams of two or three people.
    • Participants will be invited to attend virtual session(s) in preparation for the boot camp.
3:15 PM
  1. Salon III/IV
    60 mins
    In recent years, non-wires alternatives (NWAs) have been gaining traction as a viable solution for reducing the need for costly transmission and distribution upgrades. Battery storage is one of the mo ...
  2. Salon III/IV
    60 mins

    As the electricity market in the United States shifts toward cleaner and more distributed energy resources, flexible interconnection plays an important role in maintaining grid stability, reliability, and resilience while providing customers with faster and more cost-effective interconnection services that minimize unnecessary grid upgrades. 

    This panel discussion will bring together experts to explore multifaceted opportunities and challenges associated with flexible interconnection, exploring innovative strategies for implementing new interconnection services. Panelists will discuss different methods for offering interconnection agreements, cutting-edge grid integration techniques, advanced control systems, and data-driven decision-making to support the dynamic energy landscape. 

10:30 AM
  1. Salon III/IV
    90 mins
    The U.S. Department of Energy Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) convened diverse stakeholders across the U.S. electricity ecosystem to formulate a practical 5-year Strategic Roadmap for imple ...

**Times are tentative and subject to change