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FERC Proposes Rule to Speed Up Solar Energy Grid Interconnection

Jan 18, 2013
Source: 
(Power Engineering)

In 2005, FERC issued Order No. 2006, which established national interconnection procedures for generation projects that are 20 MW or less in size and subject to FERC's wholesale jurisdiction.

However, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) filed an interconnection rulemaking petitionwith FERC in February 2012, arguing that certain aspects of the order have become barriers to cost-effective and timely interconnections. Its proposal will allow solar projects that met certain technical screens to qualify for a "fast track" interconnection process. As a result, the amount of solar considered under the sped-up process is expected to as much as double.