New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Releases Grid Modernization Study

Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

In November 2022, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) released the state’s Grid Modernization Study. The Grid Modernization Study provides recommendations on updating the state’s grid modernization and interconnection processes to support additional clean energy integration, especially distributed energy resources such as solar and energy storage, in alignment with the state’s 2019 Energy Master Plan’s goal of achieving 100% clean energy by 2050. An in-depth stakeholder engagement process was conducted to get feedback on the report before release. Some of the recommendations in the study include the adoption of the latest grid interconnection standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (IEEE 1547-2018 and IEEE 1547a-2020); streamlining and automating the interconnection application process including an interconnection dispute resolution process; enhancing hosting capacity methodology, hosting capacity and map data granularity, minimum update intervals, and presentation consistency; and developing a steering committee and convening working groups and task forces to further reform the interconnection and grid modernization process.