After a lengthy proceeding that lasted several years, on May 5, 2011, the Alaska Regulatory Commission issued a final order adopting the proposed Interconnection Procedures. The rules are relatively general in nature and act more as a guideline for utilities to use in creating their own interconnection procedures.
The proposed interconnection regulations require each electric utility subject to net metering requirements to submit a revised tariff containing interconnection rules.
Each utility’s rule set must:
- Be based on nationally-recognized standards (The rules mention IEEE 1547 and UL 1741 as guidelines but do not mandate they be followed.)
- Integrate reasonable insurance requirements (provided such coverage is readily available and of a reasonable cost to the consumer)
- Allocate the costs of disconnection switches (the customer pays for the cost of the external disconnect switch),
- Supply an interconnection application form that does not exceed 2 pages in length