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New Jersey Interconnection Standards

Date Last Updated11/16/2012
Policy TypeInterconnection Standard
State/FederalNJ
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeNew Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Clean Energy Program
Policy Initiation Date10/4/2004
Policy SummaryNew Jersey's interconnection standards apply to CHP for the state's investor-owned utilities. The standards apply to Class I renewable energy resources as defined by the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which include solar, wind, fuel cells powered by renewable fuels, geothermal technologies, wave or tidal action, landfill gas, anaerobic digester gas, and sustainable biomass. There are three different levels of review procedures for applications:
  • Level 1: applies to inverter-based systems <10 kW. No application fee is charged for this level.
  • Level 2: applies to systems <2 MW that are certified by a nationally-recognized testing and certification laboratory as meeting IEEE 1547 and UL 1741 compliance standards. There is an application fee of $50 plus $1 per kW of capacity.
  • Level 3: applies to systems that do not qualify for either the Level 1 or Level 2 interconnection review procedures. There is an application fee of $100 plus $2 per kW of capacity, as well as charges for actual time spent on any impact and/or facilities studies required by the standard (not to exceed $100 per hour).
Utilities may not require Level 1 and Level 2 customer-generators to install additional controls or external disconnect switches not included in the equipment package, to perform or pay for additional tests, or to purchase additional liability insurance. The program website contains an on-line form for making complaints to the BPU in the event that a dispute cannot be resolved directly with the utility. Standardized interconnection agreements are available on the interconnection web sites of the individual utilities.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsCHP systems using renewable fuels are eligible for standardized interconnection.
Eligible Project Size (MW)All sizes are eligible for standardized procedures.
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