Distributed Generation Toolkit

NRECA created this DG toolkit to help electric co-ops address the legal, economic and technical issues raised by consumer-owned generation. These materials provide models and guidance that each co-op can adapt to its unique needs after consultation with management, legal counsel and system engineers. We suggest beginning with the “Business and Contract Guide for Interconnection” that will guide you through the process and provide you descriptions for each of the documents. With this toolkit, each co-op should be able to draft the rules, policies, tariffs, contract documents and retail rates required to respond to member requests for interconnection.

Consumers interested in distributed generation should contact their own cooperative for more information.

Distributed Generation Toolkit

10kWInverterProcess.pdf<10 kW Inverter Based Process (DOC) (New Oct 2014)
BusinessContractGuideforInterconnection.pdfBusiness and Contract Guide for Interconnection (DOC) (Updated Oct 2014)
ConsumerGuidetoInterconnection.pdfConsumer Guidelines for Interconnection (DOC) (Updated Oct 2014)
RatesForDistributedGeneration.pdfDG Rates Manual (PDF) (Update – coming soon)
ModelInterconnectionApplication_Updated.pdfModel Interconnection Application
ModelLongformInterconnectionContract.pdfModel Long Form Interconnection Contract (DOC) (Updated Oct 2014)
ModelShortFormInterconnectionContract.pdfModel Short Form Interconnection Contract (DOC) (Updated Oct 2014)
ModelPreApplicationReport.pdfPre Application Report (DOC) (New Oct 2014)
PARTemplate.xlsxPre Application Report Response Template (XLS) (New Oct 2014)
SamplePVTestingandCommissioningCheckList.xlsxSample PV Solar Array Inspection, Testing and Commissioning Procedures (XLS) (New Oct 2014)

 Issue Papers and Documents

DG-Booklet.pdfBooklet: Distributed Generation – Finding a Sustainable Path Forward
NRECA_RateCasestudies.pdfCooperative Rate Structures – Seven Case Studies
FeedInTariffs_WhitePaper.pdfFeed-In Tariffs – An issue paper of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
NetMetering_WhitePaper.pdfNet Metering – An issue paper of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
PURPATitleIIManualFinal.pdfPURPA Title II Compliance Manual
20160427_nreca_vos_whitepaper_.pdfValue of Solar White Paper
WhitePaper_DistributedGeneration.pdfWhite Paper on Distributed Generation
WhyWeNeedStandbyRates.pdfWhy We Need Standby Rates for On-Site Generation


NRECA Energy Policy Department
Jay Morrison, Vice-President for Regulatory Affairs

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC)
William Edwards, Director of Regulatory Affairs

Cooperative Research Network
Andrew Cotter, Program Manager, Cooperative Research Network

NRECA T&D Engineering Committee
Robert Harris, Principal, T&D Engineering