(A) Level 1 qualifying criteria
In order for the application to be approved by the EDU under the level 1 simplified review procedure, the applicant's generating facility must meet the following requirements:
(1) The generation facility must use inverter-based equipment that is certified in compliance with IEEE 1547 standard and UL 1741 standard, as set forth in rule 4901:1-22-03 of the Administrative Code.
(2) The generation facility must have a nameplate capacity of twenty-five kilowatts or less.
(B) Level 1 approval criteria
(1) The EDU shall approve an application for interconnection under level 1 simplified review procedures if the generation facility meets the following approval criteria:
(a) The applicant's proposed distributed generation facility's point of common coupling is not on a transmission line.
(b) For interconnection of a proposed distributed generation facility to a radial distribution circuit, the aggregated generation, including the proposed distributed generation facility, on the circuit shall not exceed fifteen per cent of the line section annual peak load as most recently measured at the substation.
(c) The proposed distributed generation facility, in aggregation with other generation on the distribution circuit, shall not contribute more than ten per cent to the distribution circuit's maximum fault current at the point on the high voltage (primary) level nearest the proposed point of common coupling.
(d) For interconnection of a proposed distributed generation facility to the load side of spot network protectors, the proposed distributed generation facility must utilize an inverter-based equipment package and, together with the aggregated other inverter-based generation, shall not exceed the smaller of five per cent of a spot network's maximum load or fifty kilowatts.
(e) Direct current injection shall be maintained at or below five-tenths of a per cent of full rated inverter output current into the point of common coupling.
(f) When a proposed distributed generation facility is single phase and is to be interconnected on a center tap neutral of a two hundred forty volt service, its addition shall not create an imbalance between the two sides of the two hundred forty volt service of more than twenty per cent of the nameplate rating of the service transformer.
(g) The proposed distributed generation facility installation is certified to pass an applicable non-islanding test, or uses reverse power relays or other means to meet the unintentional islanding requirements of the institute of electrical and electronics engineers (IEEE) 1547 standard, effective as set forth in rule 4901:1-22-03 of the Administrative Code.
(h) The proposed distributed generation facility installation complies with the IEEE 1547 standard and underwriters laboratory 1741 standard, as set forth in rule 4901:1-22-03 of the Administrative Code.
(2) Having complied with the parameters set forth in paragraph (B)(1) of this rule, the applicant's proposed distributed generation facility installation requires no further study by the EDU for the purpose of interconnection to the EDU's distribution system.
(C) Level 1 review timeframe
(1) Within fifteen business days after the EDU notifies the applicant that it has received a complete short form interconnection service application, the EDU shall perform a review using the criteria set forth in paragraph (B)(1) of this rule and shall notify the applicant of the results, and shall include with the notification copies of the analysis and data underlying the EDU's determinations under the criteria.
(2) If the proposed interconnection fails one or more of the screening criteria, the application shall be denied. At the applicant's request, the EDU shall provide copies of the analysis and data underlying the EDU's determinations under the criteria. Upon denial of the level 1 interconnection request, the applicant may elect to submit a new application for consideration under level 2 or level 3 procedures, in which case the queue position assigned to the level 1 application shall be retained.
(3) If the proposed interconnection meets the criteria, the application shall be approved and the EDU will provide the applicant a standard interconnection agreement within five business days after the determination. The standard interconnection agreement shall be consistent with the uniform requirements for an interconnection agreement in rule 4901:1-22-10 of the Administrative Code, and include a timetable for the physical interconnection of the applicant's proposed distributed generation facility to the EDU's system.
(D) Level 1 application fee
The EDU's tariff for a level 1 fee shall not exceed fifty dollars and may be waived.
Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 4901:1-22-06