The U.S. Department of Energy’s Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) in collaboration with its newly established Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA), called ENERGYWERX, is looking to partner with distribution utilities to conduct pilot demonstrations of innovative interconnection queue management and optimization solutions.
This effort is specifically catered to electric distribution utilities seeking to interconnect clean energy projects (solar, distributed wind, storage) at the non-residential scale (>100kW-10MW). Activities may last up to 18 months with the best five performing pilots receiving up to $600,000 of federal funding to implement a suite of solutions on active projects in generator interconnection queues.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) program was launched in 2022 to enable simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources to the distribution and transmission grids. After convening 22 virtual meetings with more than 2,000 stakeholders from across the U.S. electricity ecosystem, and funding 12 technical assistance projects with three national labs and more than six distribution utilities, the i2X team has prioritized, as a next step, the need to partner with distribution utilities to facilitate the rapid prototyping and demonstration of interconnection queue management optimization solutions.
ENERGYWERX in collaboration with the i2X team seeks applications from distribution utilities experiencing bottlenecks in their interconnection queues specifically related to wind, solar and storage projects at the non-residential scale (>100kW-10MW), willing to implement, via pilots, one of the interconnection optimization solutions identified by the i2X team. Examples of optimization solutions include:
Selected utility partners will be responsible for demonstrating their technical competence and ability to use the solutions of their choice to improve the speed and quality of interconnection modeling and optimize interconnection queues and management. The i2X team intends to collaborate with selected utilities in three phases. After each phase, we will select the best performing utilities to advance to the next phase, with the best performing five utilities advancing through all three phases to conduct pilot demonstrations using active projects in their interconnection queues. These phases and the level of funding per selected utilities are as follows:
Selected utilities will dedicate a staff member to meet regularly with the i2X team to provide project updates and to facilitate coordination as necessary. Selected utilities will also be responsible for getting regulatory approval, if necessary, to conduct pilots on active interconnection generation requests and participating in the program is contingent on having a pathway for doing so.
Informational Webinar/ ObjectiveStrategic Session (March 5, 2024): Join ENERGYWERX and the i2X team for an informational webinar on the Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange Interconnection Queue Management Pilot Demonstration Program. 3-4PM ET
Office Hours (March 12, 2024): ENERGYWERX and the i2X team will host open office hours for potential applicants. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to ask questions. The session will take place on March 12, 2:00-4:00 PM ET.