What are Interconnection Standards?
They are rules that establish uniform processes and technical requirements for utilities when connecting distributed generation (DG) to the grid.
What is clean DG?
DG is the generation of electricity near the end-user. It includes solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and CHP (co-generation)
Benefits of increased clean DG
Standardization of technical aspects
What about the Easy Connection Act?
Net Metering and Easy Connection Act from 2007 did not have the scope necessary to regulate interconnection in a way that encourages maximum efficiency. The potential for co-generation, large biomass generators, and solar can be expanded with these standardized rules that encourage development of clean sources of power.
What are the barriers to success?
Utilities may be concerned with grid stability. This can be solved with an open and effective stakeholder process where rules are made to ease these concerns.
Why do we need them?
Currently, there are no interconnection standards for non-utility generated electricity. This means generators of electricity, such as CHP or biomass, must negotiate with the utility, often in secret, if they want to put electricity onto the grid. The result is exorbitant standby rates and other fees that handicap these technologies and effectively prevent their deployment in Missouri. The legislation would provide simple, effective, and transparent interconnection standards capable of encouraging alternative generation.