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West Virginia Interconnection Standards

Date Last Updated8/13/2014
Policy TypeInterconnection Standard
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeWest Virginia Division of Energy
Policy Initiation Date6/30/2010
Policy SummaryWest Virginia's interconnection standards for systems including CHP include two levels of review and apply to all types of utilities. The qualifications and application fees for each level are as follows:
  • Level 1: applies to certified, inverter-based systems up to 25 kW. The maximum application fee for Level 1 applicants is $30.
  • Level 2: applies to certified systems up to 2 MW that do not meet the criteria for inclusion in Level 1. The maximum application fee is $50 plus $1 per kW of capacity.
Customer-generators must maintain $100,000 general liability insurance for systems with nameplate capacity up to 50 kW, $500,000 for systems with nameplate capacity of >50 kW to 500 kW, and $1 million for systems with name plate capacity >500 kW. Utilities may not require customers to install an external disconnect switch for inverter-based, certified systems up to 25 kW.

The rules use IEEE 1547 as the technical standard of evaluation. The rules specify the technical screens which may be applied to applications at each level of review as well as time limits for different stages of the evaluation process. Application forms and interconnection agreements are standardized.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsOnly renewably-fueled CHP systems are eligible for standardized interconnection.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Standardized interconnection applies to systems <2 MW.
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