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Massachusetts DPU to Review Interconnection Procedures for Distributed Generation Resources

On May 22, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) opened an inquiry to review and revise distributed generation (DG) interconnection procedures and requirements. The DPU established the current interconnection standards in 2013, and, in an effort to foster continued growth of the DG marketplace, now seeks to modify those standards.

The initial scope of the inquiry will be limited to these topics:

  • Interconnection of energy storage systems

  • Methods to manage high volume queues for DG interconnection

  • Process related to affected system operator studies conducted during DG interconnection

  • Timeline Enforcement Mechanism

  • Interconnection process for DG facilities interconnecting to the transmission system

Given the active clean energy policy landscape in Massachusetts, the DPU’s new inquiry is a significant one. All stakeholders, including developers of solar, wind, and battery storage assets are encouraged to play an active role in this proceeding and to assist the DPU in developing regulatory requirements that ensure greater participation in the DG market.

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James M. Avery, energy and environmental lawyer, Pierce Atwood
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James M. Avery represents a broad range of utilities, developers, aggregators, and other stakeholders before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, and numerous other state utility commissions.

Jim’s clients include solar, wind, biomass, and other renewable energy firms; developers of natural gas-fired generation facilities; electric and natural gas utilities; wireless telecommunications carriers; and hospitals, government agencies, and industrial facilities.

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Andrew Kaplan focuses his practice on providers of energy storage, demand response, ancillary services, and electricity and gas transmission and supply, both in the wholesale and retail markets. He regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Independent System Operators/Regional Transmission Operators (NYISO, ISO-NE, PJM, Midcontinent ISO, California ISO, SPP and ERCOT), and many state public utility commissions. Andrew has won significant rulings before FERC that helped to pave the way for growth among leaders in the energy storage industry.

With more than 25 years of energy law experience, Andrew acts as a strategic advisor to companies seeking private equity, venture capital, and government loans, and provides legal and business guidance to help obtain key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loans, state grants, and incentive tax credits/production tax credits for renewable projects. He also helps facilitate the approval process for federal, state, and local permits, assuring compliance with state siting and grid interconnection requirements.

Andrew’s unique experience as both a private practice attorney and as general counsel and chief of staff with the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy (now the Department of Public Utilities) provides significant value to his clients, by offering them a deep understanding of the regulatory process and how regulators are likely to rule on particular issues. Given this background, Andrew is often asked to advise regulatory commissions globally on issues pertaining to electric deregulation and the maintenance of power quality criteria. 

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Liam is an energy and energy infrastructure attorney focusing on both litigation and transactional matters. He represents solar farm developers and on- and offshore wind developers, electric and natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs), crude oil shippers, energy market financial traders, telecommunications providers, and others before state public utilities commissions throughout New England and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also represents clients in a variety of other settings, including in regional and state-sponsored requests for proposals (RFPs) for...

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