Electric Utility Assistance and Support
NREL provides data-driven support, assistance, and tools to electric utilities to help further the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies into the electric grid.
Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative
The Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative aims to share knowledge on distributed photovoltaic interconnection practices and innovation. The collaborative hosts monthly informational meetings on interconnection topics chosen by participants. Learn more and become a member.
Energy Systems Integration
Using its new, state-of-the-art Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), NREL is exploring the concept of energy systems integration evaluating the relationships between electricity, thermal, and fuel systems and data and information networks to find ways to ensure optimal integration and interoperability across the entire energy system.
NREL's electricity integration activities enable the testing of renewable energy technologies and how they might be fully integrated into grid planning and operations—from ultra-high-voltage transmission systems to medium- and low-voltage distribution grids. Learn about our distributed grid integration and transmission grid integration research.
System Advisor Model (SAM)
Make performance predictions and cost of energy estimates for grid-connected power projects based on specified system design parameters.
Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS)
Optimize and visualize the build-out of U.S. electricity generation and transmission systems.
Interactive Mapping Tools
Access RE Atlas, Solar Power Prospector, PV Watts, and other popular tools that dynamically generate maps of renewable energy resources.