MMUA Submits 'DG' Interconnection Comments to MPUC

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MMUA Submits 'DG' Interconnection Comments to MPUC

March 20, 2017

There is currently no hotter topic in electric utility circles than the interconnection of distributed generation resources (notably solar) with utility distribution systems.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) has opened a docket in regards to Generic Standards for the Interconnection and Operation of Distributed Generation Facilities established under Minnesota Statute 216B.1611. Numerous parties, including MMUA, have filed comments.

MMUA in its initial comments March 16 noted that if it is the MPUC’s intention that city councils and municipal utility commissions in Minnesota do something other than what the Legislature currently requires of them, it will be necessary to tell them what authority requires them to take any particular action.

MMUA said it did not disagree with the concept of updating interconnection standards, but cautioned against a “one size fits all” approach. For example, MMUA pointed out the Federal standards identified as a starting point for the proceeding are not intended for the distribution utilities that MMUA represents.

In closing, MMUA said that it “looks forward to working with the participants in developing a model standard that works for all utilities and their customers.”

The first workgroup meeting on the topic is scheduled for April 7 in the MPUC’s large hearing room. The MPUC docket number is 16-521.