March 31, 2011

Navigating Complex Grid Interconnection Requirements - A Luncheon Discussion For Professionals Working on Renewable Energy Issues

By: by Albany Law School


Albany Law School, with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is pleased to host a luncheon to discuss challenges and successes related to grid interconnection and standardizing such requirements.  The speakers are a diverse group of highly successful professionals experienced in representing renewable energy companies, public utilities and the New York State Public Service Commission.

Requirements for connecting distributed generation systems, such as small on-site renewable energy power systems, to the electricity grid can vary widely.  Navigating the interconnection requirements for distributed generation equipment can be complex, and a number of industry groups have identified grid interconnection as a significant barrier to the installation of distributed generation technologies.

Today, many states and regional utility companies have drafted and implemented their own interconnection rules and requirements.  In addition, regional independent system operators, which are formed at the direction or recommendation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to coordinate, control and monitor the operation of the electrical power system, also have established rules for interconnection.   To assist companies and consumers meet interconnection requirements, and to lower costs for all parties, new standards have been established for grid interconnection and transmission facilities growth.

Join us for a special opportunity to hear these leaders reflect on the current state of grid interconnection requirements and the trends they see on the horizon.

Tuesday, April 5
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Albany Law School - 2000 Building Boardroom

Lunch will be provided.  Please notify us of any special dietary needs.

Welcome & Introduction by President & Dean Thomas F. Guernsey


Gregory Butler '88, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Northeast Utilities System
Northeast Utilities is a utility holding company for the Connecticut Light & Power Co., Western Massachusetts Electric Co., Public Service Co. of New Hampshire and Yankee Gas Services Co. where Butler heads a team of 40 lawyers and 18 staffers.  Northeast Utilities currently has about 1.9 million customers, with revenues of about $5.8 billion and 6,200 employees, and Mr. Butler's team handles nearly 60 percent of the utility's legal work in-house.

Elizabeth Grisaru, Esq., Of Counsel, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP
Grisaru focuses on helping renewable energy and transmission developers overcome the regulatory and organizational obstacles to their growth.  Grisaru has practiced in both the public and private sectors, including a position as General Counsel to a wind energy development company.  She previously served as in-house counsel to the New York Independent System Operator, Inc. (NYISO) where she advised on wholesale market issues and transmission planning.

Sean Mullany '88, Assistant Counsel, New York State Public Service Commission
Mullany has been involved in a number of cases involving the siting and construction of electric transmission facilities.  He has extensive experience dealing with the boundary between Federal and State jurisdiction dealing with transmission facilities, and has been engaged in litigation relating to Section 216 of the Federal Power Act. 

Special Remarks by Dean Patricia Salkin '88, Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law; Associate Dean; Director, Government Law Center

Space is limited.  R.S.V.P. to the Office of Alumni Affairs at (518)445-3220, or online at by April 1.

For additional information and future programming on the Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial Seminar Series (REESS), visit