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Interconnection is broken: Radical rethinking is needed to achieve clean energy goals

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We’re running out of time to transition our electric grid to clean energy sources at the pace needed to meet climate goals; it’s time to rethink the way states approach interconnection or it will kill our prospects.

Significant progress has been made to decarbonize U.S. electricity, largely driven by impressive renewable energy growth. But one critical issue, left unaddressed, will almost certainly derail ambitious climate and clean energy goals: interconnection.

Interconnection policies determine how efficiently distributed energy resources (DERs), like solar and energy storage, can connect to the electric grid. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has participated in state-level regulatory processes to reform interconnection policies for DERs for over a decade, in over 35 states.

Gwen Brown

In that time, we’ve come to realize that without a radical rethinking of interconnection policies, it is highly unlikely that the U.S. will be able to deploy DERs at the speed and scale needed to meet bold climate goals.

Reaching a breaking point

Historically, there have typically been two or three state interconnection dockets active in a given year. Today, we are seeing a flood of interconnection dockets across the country, showing how this issue is already coming to a head.

Some states are opening interconnection dockets proactively, realizing reform will be needed to meet clean energy targets. For many others, it’s because the failures of current interconnection policies are becoming apparent as DER deployment grows.

Interconnection policies that were developed at a time of lower DER penetrations are failing in a number of areas, including interconnection timelines; compatibility with energy storage; distribution of grid upgrade costs; and lack of data accessibility.

Interconnection processes are often slow and cumbersome, and timeline accountability is hard to come by.

Interconnection processes are often slow and cumbersome, and timeline accountability is hard to come by. When an excess of complaints about interconnection delays led Minnesota regulators to fine Xcel Energy $1 million in January, it was a rare victory for solar customers and project developers.

Beyond the need for accountability to reasonable timelines, interconnection policies need to move away from project-by-project approval toward a more streamlined approach. California is one state exploring expedited screening for certain types of projects.

Energy storage shortcomings

Another major shortcoming of most interconnection policies is how they deal with energy storage, which will be a critical component on a grid with high levels of renewables. Most interconnection policies do not recognize the unique characteristics of storage, and the process of interconnecting this technology remains complex and unclear in many states.

Currently, if upgrades are required to accommodate additional DERs on a circuit, the project that “triggers” the upgrades must pay the full cost.

This will only become more of a blocker as storage deployment grows, with the impacts of FERC Order 2222 and Order 841 poised to further expand this market.

The allocation of grid upgrade costs is another area where significant interconnection reform will be needed to enable a future of high renewables. Currently, if upgrades are required to accommodate additional DERs on a circuit, the project that “triggers” the upgrades must pay the full cost.

These costs, often hundreds of thousands of dollars, can kill the economics of a project. This limits project development, delays needed infrastructure investments and leaves whole sections of the distribution grid closed to DER development. A few states, including Massachusetts and Maryland, are exploring new approaches to distribute upgrade costs across multiple projects and ratepayers and enable proactive grid investments.

Lack of access to grid data

Accessibility of data on grid conditions is another element of interconnection policies that needs reform. This data, such as which circuits have room for additional DER capacity, could significantly streamline the interconnection process. It could also allow developers to tailor projects to grid conditions—such as by choosing locations that don’t require upgrades, or proposing operating “schedules” to limit export to the grid at certain times.

States including California and Minnesota (with Minneapolis pictured here) are making progress in this area and provide lessons for other states.

Image: Wikimedia Commons/Tony Webster

Currently, few utilities make this data easily available with the level of detail and accuracy to make it actionable. States including California and Minnesota are making progress in this area and provide lessons for other states.

While interconnection reform is complex, solutions exist for each of these challenges. But commitment to holistic interconnection reform will be essential to achieving the change needed to reach high levels of renewables.

In subsequent articles in this series, IREC will delve into several of these issues, drawing from solutions developed in states around the nation.

Gwen Brown is communications director at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.  This article is part of a four-part series on interconnection reform. In the next article, we will explore why power control systems are essential to unlock the full value of energy storage on the grid and how interconnection policies must change to enable this. Subsequent articles will explore the need for greater accountability and data access and transparency in the interconnection process.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own, and do not necessarily reflect those held by pv magazine.

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Eccentex Hires John Cunningham to Drive Growth in Energy and Utilities

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LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Eccentex, a leading low-code platform and omnichannel software company, announced today the appointment of John Cunningham as Director of Business Development for Energy and Utilities.

John’s focus is to work with our strategic partners to design new innovative solutions for asset-intensive industries that create cost-reduction opportunities and agile development capabilities. AppBase is a flexible platform, hosted on Microsoft Azure, that provides organizations with increasingly necessary case management and omnichannel tools that not only improve the end user experience but also the employee’s as well.

“Experience has taught me,” said John, “that it is often disparate systems failing the organization that lead to massive inefficiencies for large organizations, especially within Energy, Telco, Utilities, and so on. The fractured legacy approach burns away at IT’s time and doesn’t provide executives with a good picture of what’s going on internally. Eccentex’s technology bridges these gaps for businesses and equips everyone from the front to back office with the crucial information they need to create more efficient workflows and better customer experiences.”

John brings four decades of enterprise sales and operations experience to Eccentex. In his sales leadership and C-level roles, John has excelled at growing revenue opportunities and closing large deals across industries. He started with Unisys and was recognized as the highest achieving Sales Executive and Manager for three years in a row. Recently he was working with LGR Telecommunications where he was responsible for Sales and Solution Development across Australasia in the Pacific, Asia, as well as Latin and South America.

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About Eccentex

Eccentex delivers software for customer service, customer journey automation and back-office automation. Eccentex’s flexible, unified AppBase Platform – empowers people to rapidly deploy, easily extend, and change applications to meet strategic business needs.

Over its history, Eccentex has delivered award-winning capabilities in case management and business process automation (BPM) powered by automation and form management, to help the world’s leading brands and governments achieve breakthrough results.

Media contact:

Maksim Gill
[email protected]
1 (866) 432-2368

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Waddington Europe Earns Coveted Zero Waste Award

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HARTSVILLE, S.C., June 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Waddington Europe, a division of Novolex®, has been awarded a 4-star rating at the Zero Waste Awards.

The leading European thermoforming packaging specialists achieved Zero Waste to Landfill status last year across all three of its manufacturing sites, which are located in Arklow Co. Wicklow in Ireland and Milton Keynes and Bridgwater in the United Kingdom. The certification was awarded to Waddington Europe following a rigorous auditing process by Valpak, the official third-party auditor accredited to evaluate facility compliance with the Zero Waste to Landfill criteria. 

In recognition of this achievement, Waddington Europe was awarded a 4-star rating at the Zero Waste Awards.

“We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. A huge amount of work and commitment has gone into making Waddington Europe’s target of ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ a reality,” said Eduardo Gomes, Managing Director of Waddington Europe. “We worked with experts and market leaders to review our processes and waste streams to ensure anything that could be recycled was being recycled. We are absolutely delighted that our efforts have also been awarded 4 stars at the Zero Waste Awards.”

Set up in 2010, the Zero Waste Awards program has more than 500 members and is the UK’s premier recognition for businesses and organizations that are committed to increasing the amount of waste they reduce, reuse and recycle.

Organizers of the awards said the overall objective “is to build a community of sustainable businesses, providing a platform for winners to collaborate and work together to reduce their environmental impact.”

More information about the awards can be found at www.zerowasteawards.com.

About Novolex
Novolex develops and manufactures diverse packaging products for multiple industries in the foodservice, delivery and carryout, food processing and industrial markets that touch nearly every aspect of daily life. The Novolex family of brands provides customers with innovative food and delivery packaging and performance solutions products for their business needs today while investing in research and development to engineer more sustainable choices for the future. With more than 10,000 employee families, Novolex operates 55 manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe, including two world-class plastic film recycling centers. To learn more about Novolex, visit www.Novolex.com.

Media Contact for Novolex
Phil Rozenski
[email protected] 
1-800-845-6051 

Media Contacts for Waddington Europe UK and EU
Naomi Chatterley
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+44-7738 114775

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Inna Braverman, Founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power Will be Speaking at the 2021 Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg

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STOCKHOLM, June 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Eco Wave Power is pleased to announce that tomorrow, 22nd of June, Inna Braverman, Founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power will be participating in the Qatar Economic Forum, powered by Bloomberg.

The Qatar Economic Forum will continue for three days from the 21st to the 23rd of June, 2021, and Inna will take part in the Industry Roundtable Discussions session, under the title “Next Steps in Sustainability: Achieving Reliability in Renewable Energy”. The session will take place on the Tuesday, 22nd of June, at 5:45 PM Doha time (UTC+3).

For the full agenda please visit the following link: https://www.qatareconomicforum.com/agenda/

Other participants in the sustainability roundtable are Abigail Ross Hopper– President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, Danielle Merfeld– VP and Global Chief Technology Officer in GE Renewable Energy, Dr. Shawn Qu– CEO of Canadian Solar Inc, Sujay Shah– Managing Director and Global Head, Cleantech Coverage- Stanadtd Chartered Bank, Keith Mangan– Managing Director of BlackRock and Fauziah Marzuki– Head of LNG- BloombergNEF.

The Forum will also host leading speakers, among which: The Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Steven T. Mnuchin– 77th Secretary of the Treasury of The United States of America, David Beckham, Börje Ekholm- President and CEO of Ericsson Group,  Ruth Porat– Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet and Google, Patrick Pouyanné- Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies and other business leaders, heads of state and policy innovators.  

His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar, will deliver the opening speech.

Recently, Eco Wave Power was also featured in a Bloomberg video under the title “Wave Power Can be the Next Big Thing in Renewable Energy”, which is available in the following link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2021-03-03/wave-power-could-be-the-next-big-thing-in-renewable-energy-video

About the Qatar Economic Forum

The event, which will take place during 21-23 June, welcomes a global delegation of more than 2,000 government leaders, chief executives, influential voices, and decision-makers in the fields of finance, economics, investment, technology, energy, education, sports and climate in an effort to identify opportunities, present solutions and rethink the global economic landscape through the lens of the Middle East. Anchored in Doha, the invite-only forum will draw on Qatar’s ability to link Asia with Africa and beyond, driving dynamic conversations around the importance of deeper collaboration and connectivity as a mean for advancing economic opportunity.

The forum agenda will be centered around six main pillars over the course of three days: “Technology Advanced” takes a closer look at permanent changes to the human-technology nexus; “A Sustainable World” will explore the intersection of capitalism and climate; “Markets and Investing” poses the question of whether investors, in their inexorable pursuit of growth opportunities, can shape a more resilient global economy; “Power and Trade Flows” gathers global power brokers to share their vision of the road ahead; “The Changing Consumer” examines the future of commerce; and “A More Inclusive World” will offer ideas for healing fissures in a post-pandemic society.

Produced by Bloomberg Live, the forum will come to life in a 360º cross-platform experience, with live-streaming on the Bloomberg Terminal and news coverage across Bloomberg’s global media platforms including Bloomberg TV, and bloomberg.com. For the latest updates on speakers and the full agenda, please visit: QatarEconomicForum.com.

About Eco Wave Power Global AB (publ)

Eco Wave Power Global (EWPG) is a leading onshore wave energy technology company that developed a patented, smart and cost-efficient technology for turning ocean and sea waves into green electricity. EWPG´s mission is to assist in the fight against climate change by enabling commercial power production from ocean and sea waves.

EWPG is recognized as a “Pioneering Technology” by the Israeli Ministry of Energy and was labelled as an “Efficient Solution” by the Solar Impulse Foundation. EWPG´s project in Gibraltar has received funding from the European Union Regional Development Fund and the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 framework program. The company has also received the “Climate Action Award” from the United Nations.

EWPG’s common shares (ECOWVE) are traded on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.

FNCA is the company’s Certified Advisor (+46 8-528 00 399, [email protected]).

Read more about Eco Wave Power Global AB (publ) at: www.ecowavepower.com.

For more information, please contact:

Inna Braverman, CEO 
[email protected]
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JinkoSolar’s Holding Subsidiary Announces Investment of RMB315 million in Inner Mongolia Xinte High-purity Polysilicon Production Project with Annual Capacity of 100,000 Tons

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SHANGRAO, China, June 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (the “Company,” or “JinkoSolar”) (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced its holding subsidiary, Shangrao JinkoSolar Industry Development Co., Ltd. plans to invest RMB315 million of monetary capital to increase capital and shares in Inner Mongolia Xinte Silicon Materials Co., Ltd. (“Inner Mongolia Xinte”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xinte Energy Co., Ltd. (“Xinte Energy”) (HKEX: 1799). The investment will be used for the construction of a high-purity polysilicon production line with an annual capacity of 100,000 tons. After the capital increase is completed, the Company will hold a 9.00% stake in Inner Mongolia Xinte.

Mr. Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar Co., Ltd., commented, “Xinte Energy is a leader in polysilicon technology and industrialized operations. We are very pleased to extend this close partnership with them, and remain fully confident about the accelerated growth of the PV industry over the next few years. We believe that this investment is not only a solid growth strategy, but will help to stabilize silicon material supply and reduce supply chain volatility. By cooperating with upstream specialized manufacturers, we will continue to strengthen the advantages of our integrated capacity and solidify the foundation for mass production of high-efficiency modules year-over-year. We will continuously work towards win-win situations through deeper cooperation with our supply chain partners, and jointly promote the development of the global solar market and accelerate the transformation of green energy.”

About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 22 GW for mono wafers, 11 GW for solar cells, and 31 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2020.

JinkoSolar has 9 productions facilities globally, 23 overseas subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Portugal, Canada, Malaysia, UAE, Kenya, Denmark, and global sales teams in China, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Ukraine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Poland and Argentina, as of December 31, 2020.

To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com

Safe-Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends, “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company’s operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Stella Wang
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
Tel: +86 21-5180-8777 ext.7806
Email: [email protected]

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