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Integrating Emerging Technologies
Ensuring timely and fair grid access and appropriate information exchange to support customer-oriented solutions and reliable system operations.
Interconnection Standards and Worker Safety
Interconnection standards are rules that spell out how projects owned by customers or developers connect to the utility system. These rules provide a standardized process and schedule so that interconnections can be accommodated in an orderly and timely manner. The rules also ensure that interconnections are done safely, in order to protect workers, utility and third-party owned equipment, and the public.
As older electric generation plants retire, new resources will need to be brought online to replace them. Competitively bidding new resources can help to show what options are available, ensure emerging technologies can be considered as part of utility planning and procurement, and result in lower costs for customers.
New Technologies and Business Models
A number of new technologies and business models are quickly becoming commercialized, expanding options and providing new opportunities to control costs while also posing unique challenges. Fast-growing commercially available technologies include electric vehicles and battery (and other) storage at both distribution and utility scale, while other technologies are still in development but may soon be commercially viable at competitive prices.
Data Access & Privacy
Distribution System Data Access
Information about the utility distribution system - where projects can interconnect to the system, how big those projects can be, and how the system would be impacted - is essential to understanding whether and where to site new projects.