MPSC seeks comments on developing new interconnection rules

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is asking for stakeholder input on developing new rules governing interconnection agreements for utility customers who produce their own electricity.

Administrative rules have been in place since 2009, but rapidly changing renewable energy technology and the implementation of state energy laws which went into effect in April 2017 have prompted the Commission to revisit the regulations. Other factors influencing the review are updated technical standards for interconnection by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ordering regional transmission organizations to develop market rules for integrating energy storage facilities.

Consequently, the MPSC is considering in Case No. U-20344 rescinding its interconnection rules and proposing new ones that encompass the technological developments and revised standards for distributed generation and legacy net metering, as well as establishing a legally enforceable obligation (LEO) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).

Commission staff will lead discussions that will include issues such as interconnection request procedures and timelines; required interconnection studies; cost responsibility; safety and technical specifications; legal responsibilities and obligations between interconnecting parties and electric providers; the recent updates to IEEE’s standards; FERC’s interconnection procedures; interconnection of distributed generation (including generation with capacity), microgrids, and energy storage; and legacy net metering.

The meeting dates, times, and agendas will be filed in the case docket.

To look up cases from today’s meeting, access the eDockets filing system click here.

To watch a livestream of the MPSC’s meeting where this order was presented, click here.