December 14, 2023

Thinking Outside the Lines: A Webinar on Distribution Group Studies

This webinar discusses key topics from IREC's report, Thinking Outside the Lines: Group Studies in the Distribution Interconnection Process.

“Group studies” are an emerging practice to streamline the interconnection of distributed energy resources (DERs)—such as solar PV, community solar, and energy storage—to the electric distribution grid. Group studies evaluate the interconnection requests of multiple electrically-related DER projects in a single study, in contrast to the prevailing approach of studying DER projects for interconnection one at a time. They offer a potential path to reduce interconnection timelines, as well as to share grid upgrade costs across multiple projects, but have only recently been widely considered for use on the distribution grid. 

IREC’s new report, Thinking Outside the Lines: Group Studies in the Distribution Interconnection Process, compiles insights to help regulators, utilities, and clean energy stakeholders evaluate whether group studies may be an effective avenue for helping resolve queue constraints and other interconnection issues at the distribution level in their jurisdictions. This webinar will discuss key topics from the paper, including:

  • how distribution group studies are being used in the U.S., based on case studies from states where they are currently in use;
  • when group studies may be an effective tool to improve interconnection timelines, and when other approaches may be more appropriate; 
  • considerations for designing a group study process to ensure that it will meet a particular state’s needs.
  • Speakers:
  • Laura Beaton – Partner, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
  • Peter Damrosch – Attorney, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
  • Radina Valova – Vice President – Regulatory Program, IREC