How Can Utilities Navigate Renewable Generation Interconnection Projects While Mitigating Risk?

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Reaping the benefits of interconnecting

With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022, utilities are being inundated by third-party requests to interconnect with their renewable generators and battery storage facilities. Exponent helps utility clients reduce risks and meet the requirements of their interconnection project requests.

The Challenge

The challenge of assessing technical feasibility and managing the complexity of new transmission level generators has resulted in years-long interconnection queues with most Independent System Operators (ISOs). But when the project clusters eventually get approvals, it can blindside utilities with project loads, often resulting in inexperienced staff managing projects that are often already years behind schedule. 


Exponent offers utilities critical support for harnessing the promise of new interconnection projects through technology evaluations, full project lifecycle management, risk mitigation, claims monitoring and assessments, and more.


Exponent has helped interconnect over 4 gigawatts of renewable generation and battery storage facilities, working alongside both utilities and project developers to establish requirements, manage construction, and work through complex claims. Our end-to-end construction consulting services have supported projects throughout the western U.S., accelerating renewable energy transition goals while contributing best practices across project types, including solar, wind, and hydroelectric, in addition to grid-scale battery storage. Our technical experts have also helped address legal challenges to numerous generation projects by analyzing equipment failures, detecting material defects, analyzing schedule delays, and more. 


What Can We Help You Solve?

Across decades of work with utilities, we've developed specialized capabilities to address your most vital challenges. And we thrive on innovating new ways to help.