The Utah Public Service Commission has finalized a standardized and streamlined interconnection rule that will make it easier for combined heat and power (CHP) and other clean, local generation to safely connect to the electric utility grid. The new rule, R746-312 Electrical Interconnection, will become effective on April 30, 2010.
The U.S. DOE Intermountain Clean Energy Application Center was very active in helping get the rule in place and ensuring it is based on state-of-the-art model standards. Utah's new rule is among the best interconnection rules in the country, according to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Clear and uniform interconnection rules are crucial to clean energy markets. By standardizing both the processes and technical requirements for connecting the grid, they reduce uncertainty, prevent delays, and ensure that the requirements are appropriate for the size, scope, and technology of the system.