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Co-founder & CEO Brooksform llc.

Previously the chief of staff for Amory Lovins at RMI and practitioner in RMI’s electricity program, Josh has facilitated some of the nation’s most recent energy market reform processes. He...

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What a pleasant surprise to see former colleague Joseph Rand's work in the recent reporting from Jeff St. John. I know firsthand how methodical Joe is; this is quality analysis. Thanks to you both for these insights:
· The clean energy projects in queues today could get the U.S. more than halfway to net-zero electricity;
· Technology price, geography and regulatory structures play a big role in what resources are being built where;
· Standalone batteries and solar-storage projects are on the rise;
· The time it takes to get a project interconnected is increasing;
· Fewer projects are being completed.

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Matt Chester on Jun 3, 2021

The clean energy projects in queues today could get the U.S. more than halfway to net-zero electricity

This type of figure gets cited a lot, but as you note there's also increasing friction to getting connected to the grid. There are also surely challenges where a significant portion of the projects in that queue won't be fully built out, right? Is there a sense of what that 'conversion' rate is? 

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Joshua Brooks on Jun 4, 2021

Matt, good question. I haven't seen any standard percentage of what makes it through the study process to breaking ground/operational. As with everything, region and governance does play a hand. For example, cost burden of required upgrades is allocated differently for intra-state/market vs interstate/FERC level interconnections. That alone may shut a project down. Queue reform is frequently mentioned as restudy is required in many cases where a project is cancelled as it triggers new conditions on the next project in line.

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Jim Stack on Jun 4, 2021

Joshua, One standard interconnection for Solar would be great. Right now some areas don't even allow interconnection, some don't give Net-Metering and many now add extra false fees so you can't make anything on the system or use. With the new advanced batteries many will start going Off GRID right in the city. This really needs to be set for the GRID to continue. 

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