New Solar ABCs Report: FERC SGIP (I’ll translate)

The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) newest report, Updated Recommendations for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Small Generator Interconnection Procedure Screens, is now available on the Solar ABCs website.

The report provides recommendations for updates to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (FERC SGIP) with the intent that they will serve as the first step toward the update of the FERC SGIP.  The FERC developed the SGIP procedures with extensive participation by utilities, regulators, renewable energy advocates, industry, and government experts in the first half of this decade.  One of the goals of the FERC SGIP was to minimize the federal-state division and promote consistent, nationwide interconnection rules by adopting many of the best practices interconnection rules recommended by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

Currently all public utilities that own, control, or operate facilities under the FERC’s jurisdiction  file standard interconnection procedures (the SGIP) and a standard interconnection agreement (the SGIA) to interconnect generating facilities of up to 20 megawatts.   The SGIP applies directly to large distributed generation (DG) sources interconnecting to FERC jurisdictional lines or those making FERC jurisdictional sales of electricity, but not to DG sources connecting to local distribution lines.  However, because the FERC SGIP applies across all 50 states it is in a natural position to serve as a model for state interconnection procedures which set local distribution interconnection rules.

“Our intent is to meet the public demand for customer-owned distributed generation, especially grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems, and provide support to federal and state legislators to develop practical procedures for interconnection of non-utility owned generators to the electric grid.” said Mr. Larry Sherwood, Project Administrator, Solar ABCs,  “We are dedicated to developing recommended updates that address the current consumer and industry concerns and are committed to creating the growth of the U.S. PV market.”

The North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. led the review and development of suggested updates to the FERC SGIP screens and the 10kW Inverter Process after conducting an interactive development process based on a questionnaire of small generator interconnection Subject Matter Experts.

To learn more about this report, and to download both an Executive Summary and the full report, visit the Solar ABCs website.


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