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Interconnection Standards
Alex Steffen, 10 Feb 08

The Systems, Cities & Sustainable Mobility summit in L.A. last week was really excellent, with a series of fascinating presenters and some rollicking good disucssions. I spoke, and Justus Stewart covered it -- look for a write-up soon.

One small thing I learned: the value of interconnection standards. These are the standards that govern who can connect to the electrical grid and how. Here's an explanation of the U.S. context.

We've spoken before of the importance of the freedom to connect in Internet terms. This is the equivalent for distributed energy.

As other kinds of infrastructure develop their own models of distribution -- distributed water being perhaps a strong contender -- such interconnection standards may become important to them as well.

Worth thinking about.

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Hey Alex, I tried to document the conference on the Eco Council Blog, for those interested on following up a bit more on what went down there. Thanks for attending, appreciated having you and your insight there.


Posted by: Nathan Cooke on 10 Feb 08



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