BAC Comments on Interconnection for Forest BioMAT Projects

In August, the CPUC sought comments on implementation of SB 840, which waives some interconnection requirements for forest BioMAT projects.  BAC’s Comments and Reply Comments are below.

R 15-02-020 BAC Comments on ALJ Ruling (BioMAT Interconnection)

R 15-02-020 BAC Reply Comments on ALJ Ruling (BioMAT)

CPUC Decision Reduces Interconnection Cost Uncertainty

The CPUC has taken an important step in reducing the cost uncertainties and variability facing bioenergy developers.  In late June, the Commission adopted a “Cost Envelope Approach” to interconnection costs for distributed generation (electricity) projects that prevents utilities from increasing interconnection costs more than 25 percent between the initial estimate and final costs to interconnect.  The Decision also requires greater transparency so that, over time, costs should begin to go down for distributed generation bioenergy projects.  To learn more, click on the Final Decision, below.

Final Decision adopting Cost Envelope Approach (June 2016)

BAC’s Proposal on BioMAT Interconnection Issues

In early May, the CPUC issued a ruling seeking comments on BAC’s proposal to address interconnection barriers for BioMAT projects.  BAC’s comments and the CPUC’s ruling are below.

R 15-02-020 BAC Comments on ALJ BioMAT Ruling

ALJ Ruling on Forest BioMAT Interconnection

CPUC Staff Proposal on Interconnection

ALJ Decision setting schedule and Staff Report

The Staff proposal is based on recognition of the principle that underlies existing Interconnection application processing: simpler projects with little or no impacts should be afforded a streamlined application and review, while more complex projects require a somewhat more complex approach. In both cases, however, applying cost-certainty to the studies, cost estimates and construction process should be done in a reasonable manner without undue cost shifting. By removing cost as a barrier to the interconnection process, the integrity of the interconnection process will be bolstered, the inefficient cost conversations that cause undue delays mid-interconnection process will be removed, and the goals of the Interconnection Rulemaking will be within reach.