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Thomas Basso

Thomas Basso is an engineer-scientist working at NREL for the NREL/DOE Distributed Power Program, under the NREL Distributed Power Systems Integration area. Prior at NREL he conducted outdoor accelerated weathering of photovoltaic (PV) modules, and previously was NREL project leader for PV Management under the NREL/DOE PV Advanced R&D Project. Before joining NREL in 1980, he was a design engineer with a consulting engineering firm, and with an OEM of air-cooled heat exchangers for the petrochecmical, refinery, and utility industries; standards engineer for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); and instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Dept. of Northeastern University. He serves as Secretary for IEEE SCC21 and P1547; and, is a member of: IEC JCG DRES, ASME, and American Solar Energy Society.


Interconnection Issues

There are major issues and obstacles to an orderly transition to using and integrating all distributed power resources with electric power systems (grid or utility grid). The lack of national interconnection standards and tests for interconnection operation and certification, as well as the lack of national building, electrical, and safety codes, are understood and resolving that needs reasonable lead time to develop and promulgate consensus. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) P1547 interconnection standard should prove to be a benchmark milestone for both the IEEE standards consensus process and as a model for developing further national standards dedicated to the ongoing success of our nation’s electric power system.