United States DOE aims to offer renewables less expensive, quicker grid connections

Jun 2, 2022 05:55 PM ET
  • The US Department of Energy has launched a brand-new cooperation project focused on making it more affordable and quicker to connect renewables projects to the country's grid.
United States DOE aims to offer renewables less expensive, quicker grid connections
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The Interconnection Innovation e-Xhange (i2X) programme will combine grid operators, utilities, renewables developers and also various other stakeholders with the intent of attaching more clean power generation to the country's grid.

Its task will certainly be to solve the numerous challenges dealing with the power market as renewables proliferate, as demonstrated by the skyrocketing amounts of renewables and also energy storage space sitting in interconnection queues throughout the country.

The programme, which is funded by US President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will certainly aim to reduce waiting times for such clean sources while at the same time making connections less expensive to obtain.

It will certainly analyze areas consisting of lack of data, human resource challenges and the requirement for challenging grid impact evaluations, giving technological aid to the programmes partners to develop services to those problems.

United States Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said that eliminating gridlock and increasing renewables deployment is "critical to increasing access to less expensive power for American families and also companies".

" Funding in the President's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will certainly assist DOE and our National Labs construct a coalition of problem solvers to tackle interconnection issues, guarantee grid dependability and also create equitable services for all areas."

Organisations that form part of i2X will certainly likewise collaborate with the DOE's solar and wind workplaces and also the nation's nationwide labs to develop a five-year roadmap that establishes suitable goals and study voids.

National labs collaborating in the project include Berkeley Lab, PNNL and NREL.

Events thinking about joining the programme can do so right here, while a virtual kickoff occasion is to be held on 7 June 2022 with Secretary Granholm.



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