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(b) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, an electric utility is not required to interconnect with a qualifying facility if
(1) the electric utility, solely because of purchases and sales over the interconnection, would become subject to federal regulation under Subchapter II of the Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. Â§ 824; or
(2) a qualifying facility does not comply with the safety and reliability standards prescribed for interconnection by the commission.
(c) An electric utility may assess a qualifying facility interconnection charges which are reasonable and nondiscriminatory with respect to other customers that have similar load characteristics.
(d) Interconnection charges may include the reasonable costs of connection, switching, metering, transmission, distribution, safety provisions, administration, and other costs incurred by the electric utility directly related to the installation and maintenance of the physical facilities necessary to permit interconnected operations with a qualifying facility, to the extent these costs are in excess of the corresponding costs which the electric utility would have incurred if it had not engaged in interconnected operations, but instead generated an equivalent amount of electric power from other sources. Interconnection costs do not include any costs included in the calculation of avoided costs.
(e) An electric utility shall offer a qualifying facility the option of reimbursing the electric utility for interconnection charges over a reasonable period of time. The electric utility may charge reasonable interest, to be prescribed in its tariff or special contract, for the financing of the interconnection costs.
(f) If a dispute arises under 3 AAC 50.810, an electric utility shall submit to the commission the information necessary to support the methodology and calculations used in developing the charges assessed to a qualifying facility for interconnection.
(g) An electric utility shall offer to operate in parallel with a qualifying facility.
(h) An electric utility shall offer a qualifying facility that has a generating capacity of 10 kilowatts or less the option of using a single detent meter during parallel operation.
History: Eff. 11/20/82, Register 84
Authority: AS 42.05.141 (a)
AS 42.05.151 (a)
AS 42.05.291 (b)
AS 42.05.361 (a)
AS 42.05.381 (a)
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