This document is 'Chapter 7.3: Interconnection and Net Metering Standards' of the Energy and Environment Guide to Action. Standard interconnection rules stem from state legislation that directs state public utility commissions (PUCs) to establish uniform processes and technical requirements for grid-connected electric generators. These rules address the type and size of systems; they also define required safeguards, grid upgrades, operating restrictions, and application procedures that system applicants must meet. In some states, municipally or cooperatively owned utilities may be exempt from state regulations. State interconnection rules typically address larger DG projects connecting to the distribution grid, whereas the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has jurisdiction over project interconnection at the transmission level.
This chapter provides recommendations for designing, implementing, and evaluating effective interconnection and net metering standards. State success stories are included for reference.
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