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  • Jun 24, 2022

FERC has released a Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on Interconnection Reforms to Address Queue Backlogs.

There are 3 main parts to this NOPR: 1) Reforms to Implement a First-Ready, First-Served Cluster Study Process, 2) Reforms to Increase the Speed of Interconnection Queue Processing and 3) Reforms to Incorporate Technological Advancements into the Interconnection Process.

On the topic of Reforms to Increase the Speed of Interconnection Queue Processing, FERC is seeking to impose fines on transmission providers if they delay cluster studies. FERC said, "we propose to require transmission providers that do not complete a cluster, cluster re-study, facilities, or affected system study by the deadline specified in the pro forma LGIP to pay a penalty of $500 per day that the study is late. "

On the topic of Reforms to Incorporate Technological Advancements into the Interconnection Process., FERC is giving interconnection customer the option to request grid enhancing technologies as options for network upgrade mitigation in this statement, "we propose to revise the pro forma LGIP and pro forma SGIP to require transmission providers, upon request of the interconnection customer, to evaluate the requested alternative transmission solution(s) during the LGIP cluster study and the SGIP system impact study and facilities study within the generator interconnection process."

"Comments are due 100 days after publication of the NOPR in the Federal Register. Reply comments are due 130 days after publication in the Federal Register. "

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Matt Chester on Jun 24, 2022

This is a big one, really hope to see some active comments and real action come from this because we've no time to wait!

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Jim Stack on Jun 28, 2022

A $500 a day fine doesn't seem like much of a penalty to get Utilities to allow interconnect at a fast rate. I also feel FERC has to set the Net-Metering rates and make them Nationwide. Right now each Utility sets any rates they want. Some even add extra fees and for users to take different rates. The Net-Metering should be set at the same REC SREC amount the power provider sells their Clean Power to customers. The policy now is most just give an avoided cost rate that is very low at 3 or 4 cents per kWh. 

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