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DOE offers technical assistance to improve interconnection practices for the bulk power system

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The electric grid is transforming rapidly, with interconnection processes for solar and wind resources becoming more complex as total deployment levels increase. Throughout the United States, queue times to interconnect solar and wind have been rising and could impact federal, state, local, and corporate decarbonization goals.

The Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) is a stakeholder partnership to enable a simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection process for clean energy resources while enhancing the reliability, resiliency, and security of our electric grid. The program is led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Three national laboratories—Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)—support SETO and WETO in i2X. Learn more about i2X.

i2X has up to $750,000 available for technical assistance to support the improvement of interconnection practices and processes for the bulk power system. The technical assistance must be specific to the interconnection of solar, wind, storage, or electric vehicle charging facilities, or a hybrid integration of these technologies. Up to 12 projects will be selected. Apply by March 22 at 4 p.m. ET.

Apply for Interconnection Technical Assistance

About i2X: i2X is a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Department of Energy to enable a simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources all while enhancing the reliability, resiliency, and security of our distribution and transmission electric grid networks. The program is designed to be a community of practice, excellence, and innovation by bringing together diverse organizations across the electricity ecosystem to facilitate peer-learning, share practices, and inspire new interconnection solutions. Learn more:

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Matt Chester on Feb 28, 2023

These are the type of programs that are going to have lasting impact in a very real way. It may take a while from allocating the $ to projects being online, so there's not that immediacy of effect, but we'll look back on these and be grateful for sure

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