4901:1-22-06 Simplified procedures and fees for application processing.

(A) Level 1 simplified review procedure

(1) The electric distribution utility (EDU) shall review an applicant's completed interconnection service application that meets the criteria set forth in paragraph (A)(2) of this rule within four weeks of receiving the completed application.

(2) In order for the application to be approved by the EDU under the level 1 simplified review procedure, the applicant's generating facility must be an inverter-based system with a maximum nameplate capacity of ten kilowatts or less that uses renewable energy as fuel and the results of interconnecting the applicant's generating facility to the EDU's distribution system must comply with the following parameters:

(a) The applicant's proposed distributed generation facility's point of common coupling is not on a transmission line.

(b) The aggregated generation on the circuit, including the proposed distributed generation facility, may not exceed fifteen per cent of the peak load on the smallest part of the primary distribution system that could remain connected after operation of sectionalizing devices.

(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) The proposed distributed generation facility in aggregation with other generation located on the load side of a spot network shall not exceed five per cent of the spot network's maximum load when aggregated with other inverter-based generation.

(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, effective as set forth in rule 4901:1-22-03 of the Administrative Code.

(3) Having complied with the parameters set forth in paragraph (A)(2) 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.

(4) The EDU's tariff for a level 1 fee will be based on actual costs per one-tenth of an hour of time spent on the simplified review, and not on a flat rate.

(5) Construction of facilities by the EDU on its own system is not required to accommodate the distributed generation facility.

(6) Within five days after completion of the level 1 simplified procedure leading to the EDU's approval for interconnection of the applicant's distributed generation facility, the EDU shall provide the applicant with a standard interconnection agreement. The standard interconnection agreement shall be consistent with the uniform requirements for an interconnection agreement enumerated in rule 4901:1-22-10 of the Administrtive Code and include a timetable for the physical interconnection of the applicant's proposed distributed generation facility to the EDU's system.

(B) Level 1.1 simplified review procedure

(1) The EDU shall review an applicant's completed interconnection service application that meets the criteria set forth in paragraph (B)(2) of this rule within four weeks of receiving a completed application, except that the EDU shall have an additional twenty business days to conduct an area network impact study to determine potential adverse impacts of interconnecting to its area network.

(2) In order for the application to be approved by the EDU under the level 1.1 simplified review procedure, the generating unit must be an inverter-based system with a maximum nameplate capacity of ten kilowatts or less and the results of interconnecting the applicant's generating facility to the EDU's distribution system must comply with the following parameters:

(a) The proposed distributed generation facility's point of common coupling is not on a transmission line.

(b) The interconnection is to be located on the load side of an area network.

(c) The aggregated other generation on the area network does not exceed five per cent of an area network's maximum load.

(d) 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 IEEE 1547 standard unintentional islanding requirements, effective as set forth in rule 4901:1-22-03 of the Administrative Code.

(3) The EDU's tariff for a level 1.1 fee will be based on actual costs per one-tenth of an hour of time spent on the simplified review, and not on a flat rate.

(4) Any area network impact study shall be conducted at the EDU's own expense.

(5) Construction of facilities by the EDU on its own system is not required to accommodate the distributed generation facility.

(6) Within five days after completion of the level 1.1 simplified procedure leading to the EDU's approval for interconnection of the applicant's distributed generation facility, the EDU shall provide the applicant with a standard interconnection agreement. The standard interconnection agreement shall be consistent with the uniform requirements for an interconnection agreement enumerated 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.

(7) When an area network impact study identifies potential adverse system impacts, the EDU may determine that it is inappropriate for the distributed generation facility to interconnect to the area network and the application filed for level 1.1 review shall be denied.

(a) When the EDU denies a level 1.1 application, it shall provide the applicant with a copy of the area network impact study and a written justification for denying the interconnection request.

(b) Upon denial of the level 1.1 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 1.1 application shall be retained.

(C) Level 1.2 simplified review procedure

(1) The EDU shall review a completed interconnection service application that meets the criteria set forth in paragraph (C)(2) of this rule within four weeks of receiving a completed application, except that the EDU shall have an additional twenty-five days to conduct an area network impact study to determine any potential adverse impacts of interconnecting to its area network.

(2) In order for the application to be approved by the EDU under the level 1.2 simplified review procedure, the generating unit must be a certified inverter-based system with a maximum nameplate capacity of equal to fifty kilowatts or less and the results of interconnecting the applicant's generating facility to the EDU's distribution system must comply with the following parameters:

(a) The interconnection is to be to an area network distribution system.

(b) 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 IEEE 1547 standard unintentional islanding requirements, effective as set forth in rule 4901:1-22-03 of the Administrative Code.

(c) The proposed level 1.2 distributed generation facility meeting level 1.1 parameters in paragraphs (B)(2)(a) to (B)(2)(d) of this rule shall be presumed to be appropriate for interconnecting to an area network

(3) The EDU's tariff for a level 1.2 fee will be based on actual costs per one-tenth of an hour of time spent on the simplified review, and not on a flat rate.

(4) Any area network impact study shall be conducted at the EDU's own expense.

(5) Within five days after completion of the level 1.2 simplified procedure leading to the EDU's approval for interconnection of the applicant's distributed generation facility, the EDU shall provide the applicant with a standard interconnection agreement. The standard interconnection agreement shall be consistent with the uniform requirements for an interconnection agreement enumerated 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.

Effective: 10/22/2007
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/30/2012
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4928.06
Rule Amplifies: 4928.11