IREC Model Interconnection Procedures 2023IREC’s Model Interconnection Procedures, 2023 includes the latest best practices to enable faster and less costly interconnection of DERs, while maintaining safety and reliability.
Interconnection is one of the biggest obstacles to the expansion of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as rooftop solar installations, community solar, and battery storage—and achieving state clean energy, climate, and just transition goals.
As demand for clean energy accelerates, utilities face a glut of requests to connect DER projects to an already saturated electric grid. Without up-to-date rules tailored to current clean energy technologies and the latest best practices for integrating them on the grid, it can take months or years to bring new projects online. Customers may also face burdensome costs to upgrade the grid in order for it to accommodate their project; without mechanisms to distribute those costs fairly, whole sections of the grid can remain closed to new development. These obstacles particularly affect low-income and disadvantaged communities, who already face disproportionately high barriers to clean energy access.
IREC’s Model Interconnection Procedures, 2023 includes the latest best practices to enable faster and less costly interconnection of DERs, while maintaining safety and reliability. First developed in 2005, IREC’s model procedures are a proven tool for helping states and regions achieve their clean energy goals.
Tune in to and view the presentation slides from the Improving State Interconnection Policies New Model Rules to Accelerate DER Adoption Webinar held in September 2023. This webinar features an overview of the 2023 Model Interconnection procedures, including the processes and requirements they cover.