Utility Scale Interconnections faqs

What steps do I take to interconnect a Distributed Generation (DG) facility?
  • Review the new Distributed Generation Interconnection policy and forms that can be found on our Yampa Valley Electric Association Website.
  • Fill out the Interconnection Application and return to YVEA Engineering to begin the process
  • Provide information about the location, components of the system, system one-line, and any other relevant documents as specified in the application
  • Submit documents to YVEA separately from the county approval process and preferably before you begin the county process
  • Begin construction once YVEA Engineering approval is granted, as well as county approval if necessary
  • After construction is complete, submit the Interconnection Agreement and contact YVEA Engineering for system inspection/test/meter exchange
  • Net metering begins once the test is completed and the meter exchanged
What is a Qualifying Facility Energy System?

As defined in the interconnection agreement:

The member’s eligible Qualifying Facility Energy System (system) is a self-contained electric generation system that must comprise: a generating device, direct current disconnect apparatus (if applicable), inverter for the conversion of direct current to alternating current (if applicable), alternating current disconnect with lockout (exterior mounted in close proximity (within 10 feet or at YVEA discretion) to YVEA revenue meter, over-current protective device, and all other related electrical equipment upstream of the over-current protective device. YVEA will supply the recording kWh meter which is the property of YVEA.

What determines the size of the Qualifying Facility Energy System?

The system size limits are set by the type of service the member now has or would qualify for with new construction:

  • A small service is allowed a system that is capable of producing up to 120% of the member's annual usage or 25 kW, whichever is less
  • A medium or large service is allowed a system that is capable of producing up to 120% of the member's annual usage or 150 kW, whichever is less

Facilities larger than those that are specified above would fall outside of our Level 1 or Level 2 fast-tracking process and will require an interconnection study to be completed in order to interconnect with the YVEA system. There are other conditions that may preclude an installation from fast-track processing and these conditions are specified in the YVEA interconnection policy.

What is net-metering?

Net-metering is the process whereby energy usage and generation are resolved. This is an automated process through YVEA's revenue meters. For any generation above a given month's usage, the Producer will retain a credit and this credit will be applied to the next month's bill. At the end of the calendar year, the Producer will be paid at the current rate for any generation above their usage of the previous year.

What rates are available for a DG system?

Rate 50 is $0.033 per generated kWh above that which was used during a calendar year. The Member will retain ownership of the renewable energy certificates (RECs). Currently, Rate 50 is the only rate available for new DG systems requesting interconnection. Previous rates specified in established interconnection agreements will continue to be honored.

What are renewable energy certificates (RECs)?

RECs, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, “[are] market-based instrument[s] that represent the property rights of the environmental, social and other non-power attributes of electrical generation. RECs are issued when one megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity is generated and delivered to the electrical grid from an eligible renewable energy source.” (epa.gov) In the United States, RECs can be traded as a commodity.

How does YVEA account for energy generation on my bill?

The energy that your system generates is subtracted from the energy that you use and you are billed for the Net kWh. If you produce more energy than you use during a billing period, you will not be billed an energy charge and the excess will be stored in your virtual "bank" for future use. Your banked energy is printed on the monthly bill. If you use more energy than you generate, the difference will be deducted from your banked usage (if available), otherwise, you will be charged the difference.

What are renewable energy fuels?

Some examples of renewable energy fuels would be sunlight, water, wind, biofuels (fallen bark beetle trees, used cooking oil, etc.), and fossil fuel by-products of certain industrial processes (such as natural gas flaring at a gas compression station). See epa.gov for a complete listing in their Renewable Fuel Standard Program.