FERC Revises Small Generator Rules to Include Energy Storage

This revision specifically adds energy storage to the category of resources eligible to interconnect to the power grid under the Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and/or Fast Track Process.

Washington, D.C. – The Electricity Storage Association (ESA) is pleased with FERC Order 792, Small Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures, issued today. The agreement amends Order 2006 that established terms and conditions for public utilities to provide just and reasonable interconnection service for small generators. This revision specifically adds energy storage to the category of resources eligible to interconnect to the power grid under the Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and/or Fast Track Process. In addition, it clarifies how to measure the size of a storage device for determining SGIP and Fast Track eligibility. ESA filed comments which were cited and addressed in the Order, including issues around combining energy storage with renewable resources on the grid.


"We commend the FERC Commissioners for acknowledging that energy storage should be able to participate in the small generator interconnection process on our electric grid and that our rules and policies should evolve as well," stated Darrell Hayslip, Chair of ESA. "These reforms are good news for storage project developers and further facilitate the deployment of storage on the power grid. ESA was instrumental in building the record for the inclusion of energy storage in this revision to existing policy."

The ESA had participated in the technical conference and filed comments for the record; the Commissioners unanimously voted to pass this rule and include energy storage in the mix.

FERC Order 792: http://1.usa.gov/1aMSAW2

For more information about electricity storage, go to www.electricitystorage.org

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