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Rogue Systems and Battery Update
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014
1. Rogue systems
I just got word yesterday that the utility is finally taking action on rogue systems. The process will work as follows: the utility will send a letter to customers they suspect have a rogue system. The customer will have 30 days to respond to the letter, and the response will obviously depend upon the situation. If the customer has a rogue system, it will have to be turned off until a proper interconnection agreement can be executed. If the customer does not respond, the utility will pull the meter.
For those of you who have been following the rules and have been frustrated to have work taken away from you by companies willing to install rogue systems, this should be good news.
2. Battery Systems
As you know, the NEM agreement has a new requirement that states that "Generating facilities that incorporate the use of an energy storage device, e.g. battery storage, regardless of whether such energy storage device is intended to operate in parallel with the Company's transmission and/or distribution facilities, shall obtain an interconnection review by the Company pursuant to this (Rule 18) rule." Now, the utility, as per D & O 31901, must draft rules for interconnection of systems with batteries for rule 14H, which includes all interconnection including NEM, SIA and FIT.
HSEA has been working with the utility to come up with rules that will streamline the process as much as possible, and to take the systems that do not export and are not "in parallel" out of the review process, in addition to having a clear path for systems that do or may export. The deadline for language was May 1, 2014, but the utility is now asking for an extension. We're doing all we can to expedite the process as much as possible, and hope to have this complete within the next month.
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