The SGIA imposes contractual arrangements for the interconnection of small production facilities and describes the legal relationship between the interconnection client and the transmission provider. For example, the SGIA provides payment terms for changes to the transmission provider`s system to accommodate interconnection. These provisions use the same tariff policy as Regulation 2003. Parties must sign the SGIA after completion of the IPMS study process or one of the approaches for very small production facilities. [Standardization of interconnection agreements and procedures for small generators, 111 FERC 61.220 (2005)] [NEW THING] The IPSP, such as the section 2003 section (LGIP) interconnection procedure, includes the implementation of technical procedures for a transmission provider to follow when it receives a connection request. However, the IPMS differs from the LGIP in that the IPSP procedure is simpler and involves an accelerated trajectory. The IPMS offers three ways to address connection needs. An approach called “study process” is a standard process available for each small production plant. This concept, which is conceptually identical to the large generator process under Regulation 2003, is based on a scoping meeting and studies on standard feasibility, system impact and facilities.
The other two approaches include specific techniques specifically designed for two subgroups of small production facilities and use technical screens to evaluate the proposed interconnection. One such approach, the Fast Track Process, is available for small, certified installations that do not exceed 2 MW, while the other, the “10 kW inverter process,” applies to small certified inverter installations of no more than 10 kW. In its 2006 regulation no. 12 May, FERC introduced standard procedures for assembling generators of no more than 20 MW. This mission continues the process begun in Order 2003 to standardize the conditions of the Open Liaison Service. The new procedures apply to small generators that wish to connect to transport networks subject to an open access rate at the time of the alternator`s request. Decision No. 2006 requires municipal authorities to change their open transfer rates (“OATT”) to include a small generator interconnection document (“SGIP”) and a small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA).