Michigan Interconnection Standards
|Date Last Updated||11/16/2012|
|Policy Type||Interconnection Standard|
|Policy Administrator/Contact Office||Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC)|
|Policy Initiation Date||9/11/2003|
|Policy Summary||Michigan adopted revised rules for interconnection that apply to CHP. The rules apply to investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives in the state. There are five interconnection categories: |
Certified systems are defined as those that use equipment certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to IEEE 1547.1 testing standards and in compliance with UL 1741. Additionally, customer-generators are not required in the rule to install an external disconnect switch, although the PSC declined to prohibit utilities from making such a requirement. The rules contain specific time lines for the processing and review of interconnection requests for different categories of system. Utilities must designate and maintain points of contact for initial information requests and must designate a point of contact for each interconnection applicant to address inquiries about technical issues and the status of interconnection requests (contact information for individual utilities is available on the program web site). Disputes may be resolved through the PSC and technical disputes may be put before a panel of independent experts. Utilities are responsible for reasonable expenses incurred by the expert panel in their investigation. Utilities must provide standard interconnection applications and agreements to customers, though Category 1 systems have a simplified application.
- Category 1: applies to certified, inverter-based systems of <20 kW. An application fee of $75 is charged for this level. No liability insurance is required for this level.
- Category 2: applies to systems >20 kW and <150 kW. No liability insurance is required for this level.
- Category 3: applies to systems >150 kW and <550 kW. General liability insurance of at least $1 million is required.
- Category 4: applies to systems >550 kW and <2 MW. General liability insurance of at least $1 million is required.
- Category 5: applies to systems >2 MW. General liability insurance of at least $1 million is required.
|CHP Eligibility Requirements||Both fossil-fueled and renewably-fueled CHP systems are eligible for standardized interconnection.|
|Eligible Project Size (MW)||All sizes are eligible for standardized procedures.|
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