The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to reform its generator interconnection process. The proposed rules are intended to expedite the connection of new generator and storage facilities to the grid, and to clear out a burgeoning interconnection backlog, predominantly of renewable and storage resources.
This alert highlights the major proposed reforms to the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures (LGIP) included in the NOPR, and discusses the proposed transition process for interconnection customers with active interconnection requests. Initial comments on the NOPR are due by October 13, 2022, and reply comments are due by November 14, 2022. Given the importance of interconnection for every utility-scale generation and storage project, FERC will likely receive comments from a diverse group of stakeholders across the industry.