Guidelines for Generator Interconnection
PUBLIC SERVICE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Guidelines for Generator Interconnection
January 2015
Excluding Inverter Based Projects 100 kVA and less
Table of Contents
Section 1
Introduction and Executive Summary
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Section 2
Pre-Application
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Section 3
Application
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Section 4
Study Process
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Section 5
Provisions That Apply to All Interconnections and Associated
Applications
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Attachment I
Interconnection Request
Attachment II
Feasibility Study Agreement
Attachment III
System Impact Study Agreement
Attachment IV
Facility Study Agreement
Attachment V
Glossary
Exhibit A
Technical Requirements for Non Utility Generation
(Separate Document)
Exhibit B
Interconnection Agreement (Separate Document)
Exhibit B-1
Interconnection Agreement (for certain projects 100 kW
and less) (Separate Document)
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1. 0 Introduction and Executive Summary
1.1
Introduction
W
elcome! These Guidelines have been prepared to assist power-generating
customers wishing to interconnect with the Public Service of New Hampshire
Electric Power System (the “EPS”).
PSNH is responsible for the distribution of electric power throughout much of the State
of New Hampshire. In order to carry out their responsibilities to all customers, PSNH
must assure that all Interconnections are made according to certain protocols and
procedures, which are described in more detail in these Guidelines.
These Guidelines do not apply to certified inverter-based Generating Facilities of 100 kVA
and less. Separate guidelines, entitled “Interconnection Standards For Inverters Sized Up
To 100 kVA,” were created for such Generating Facilities.
These Guidelines do not apply to requests to connect to PSNH transmission equipment
(115 kV and higher).
If the requirements of these Guidelines are inconsistent with the New Hampshire
Code of Administrative Rules – Chapter Puc 900 (“Net Metering”), then Chapter
Puc 900 shall apply.
Generators intending to make an Interconnection are advised to (i) refer to the Technical
Requirements for Non-Utility Generation, attached hereto as Exhibit A, for guidance in
the design of the Generating Facility and the Interconnection Facility; (ii) consult with
PSNH prior to purchase of equipment in connection with the proposed Interconnection;
and (iii) contact the PSNH Distributed Generation group (PSNH DG) to determine
where and how to apply.
Note regarding Sales of Energy and Capacity and ISO-NE Compliance
Sales of electrical products produced by the Generator are not addressed herein. The
Generator is required to act as their own representative in all matters related to ISO-NE.
PSNH will work with the Generator, at their specific request, to ensure proper registration
of the Generator within the ISO-NE markets. Certain markets require applications and
qualification processes with very long lead times (e.g. the capacity market may require
registration more than 3 years in advance). The Generator is advised to be informed in
how the ISO-NE market rules influence the revenues applicable to individual generators
and is advised to hire a knowledgeable ISO-NE consultant, if desired.
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1.2
Executive Summary
This Executive Summary provides a quick overview of the Interconnection process and is
not meant to replace the more detailed description of requirements contained in the
remainder of these Interconnection Guidelines.
The first step of the Interconnection process is to identify under which jurisdiction an
Interconnection falls; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or the State of
New Hampshire Public Utility Commission (NHPUC). Generators that intend to
interconnect to the EPS and sell power or ancillary services to a third party, or in the
wholesale market may under certain circumstances fall under FERC jurisdiction. State
(NHPUC) jurisdictional interconnection applications are administered by PSNH, while
FERC jurisdictional applications are administered by the Independent System Operator –
New England, Inc. (ISO-NE).
Generators should contact PSNH DG to determine the appropriate jurisdiction for their
project. At that time, DG, in consultation with other NU, PSNH and/or ISO-NE staff,
will examine the proposed point of interconnection and determine whether the
interconnection falls under New Hampshire State jurisdiction or the jurisdiction of the
FERC. If the project is FERC jurisdictional, the Generator will be instructed to follow
ISO-NE tariff Schedule 22 or Schedule 23 to continue the interconnection process. If the
project is State jurisdictional, this document will govern the process.
The determination primarily involves whether or not the proposed generator will be
interconnecting to a PSNH distribution facility that is subject to the ISO-NE tariff. That
question requires a review of other generating resources or wholesale transactions located
on the same PSNH distribution facility. In this context, “distribution facility” is
interpreted as the entire PSNH circuit all the way back to the substation, and shall include
taps off from that circuit that are at similar or lower voltages. If the circuit (as defined)
already has an interconnected generator that is selling power in the ISO-NE administered
markets, or if the circuit supports a wholesale transaction (e.g. delivery point with the New
Hampshire Electric Co-op), then the circuit is considered FERC jurisdictional and,
therefore, the proposed new generator must follow the FERC / ISO-NE process. In
addition, requests to interconnect to the Transmission System are FERC jurisdictional.
FERC Jurisdictional Interconnections:
Generators seeking to Interconnect to the EPS whose Interconnections fall under FERC’s
jurisdiction must submit their application to ISO-NE in accordance with the procedures in
the ISO-NE Transmission, Markets and Services Tariff (ISO-NE Tariff), Schedule 22 (for
Generators larger than 20 MW) or Schedule 23 (for Generating Facilities up to and
including 20 MW). ISO-NE will administer the interconnection process.
State Jurisdictional Interconnections:
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The state-jurisdictional Interconnection process begins when a Generator submits a
PSNH Generator Interconnection Request (IR) to PSNH. PSNH will review the
application and submittals and work with the customer to resolve any discrepancy and
obtain any missing information. PSNH will complete the application review within ten
(10) Business Days and notify the Generator. Note: effective January 1, 2015 all
projects must submit a Pre-Application form (available on the website) and the
applicable fee prior to submitting the Interconnection Request (IR). This allows
PSNH DG staff the opportunity to prepare an overview of the proposed project, the site,
and nearby PSNH distribution circuits in order to facilitate the scoping meeting and
interconnection study process described herein.
Upon completion of the IR review, if an Interconnection Study (Feasibility, System
Impact and/or Facility) is required, PSNH will provide a Study Agreement and an estimate
of the costs to complete the Study. PSNH will request that the Generator execute the
Agreement within ten (10) Business Days and pay a 50% deposit towards the estimated
cost of the Study. Some or all of the Studies may be required and PSNH will work with
the Generator to identify the required Studies. Each Study will require its own Study
Agreement.
Transmission studies may be required for some Interconnections. Transmission studies
must be conducted in accordance with applicable ISO-NE rules and procedures. These
Guidelines do not address the transmission studies process required by ISO-NE. The
Generator may obtain guidance from the ISO-NE Tariff, Schedule 22 and 23 and Section
I.3.9. However, during the Interconnection process, PSNH will provide guidance
including information concerning the scope, duration and cost of the transmission studies.
At the conclusion of the studies, PSNH will submit an Interconnection Agreement (IA) to
the Generator. The Generator will be required to sign the IA and submit full payment for
the estimated costs for upgrades required to interconnect the Generating Facility. At the
conclusion of the project, PSNH will reconcile actual vs. estimated cost and reimburse or
invoice the Generator accordingly. For projects interconnected behind a retail customer
meter, the Interconnection Agreement shall be between the retail customer and PSNH.
Additional Process Steps for Generators greater than 1 MW:
Regardless of the Interconnection jurisdiction, each Generator wishing to interconnect a
Generating Facility larger than 1 MW must comply with the ISO-NE Planning Procedure
5 (PP5), which is the procedure for a Proposed Plan Application (PPA) under Section
I.3.9 of the ISO-NE Tariff. This process must be completed before the Generator may
interconnect such Generating Facility. It is important to note that the PPA process is an
ISO-NE requirement, even if the Interconnection of such facility falls under state
jurisdiction.
While the Generator is ultimately responsible for the PPA application and the associated
data to be submitted to ISO-NE, PSNH will provide support to the Generator if the
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Generator is not a “Governance Participant” (as such term is defined in the Participants
Agreement; among ISO-NE and the New England Power Pool) at the time the PPA is
submitted to PSNH. Typically, PSNH will file the PPA on behalf of such nonGovernance Participant Generator.
Additionally, PSNH will represent such non-Governance Participant Generator in ISONE proceedings in accordance with the current ISO-NE rules; provided, however, that
such Generator shall remain solely responsible for, among other things:
(a) the completion of the PPA and the accuracy of the information contained therein,
(b) the advance payment based on a non-binding good faith estimate of all costs in
connection with any required Transmission System Impact Study, and
(c) the payment of all costs associated with transmission upgrades identified through
the ISO-NE approval process.
Each non-Governance Participant Generator wishing to interconnect a Generating
Facility larger than 1 MW must read and be familiar with PP5, Section I.3.9 of the ISONE Tariff and other relevant ISO-NE guidance on the PPA process. Further, such nonGovernance Participant Generator can communicate directly with ISO-NE to seek
assistance concerning the applicable PPA requirements and associated issues.
Governance Participants are responsible for filing their own PPA with the ISO-NE and
representing themselves in connection with all ISO-NE proceedings.
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2.0 Pre Application
2.1
PSNH DG will serve as the primary point of contact for all Interconnections. Copies of these
Guidelines, information and forms can be obtained from PSNH DG.
2.2
PSNH Distributed Generation group can be contacted:
by phone:
1-603-634-2931; or
by email:
psnhsesd@psnh.com
by mail or courier:
PSNH Distributed Generation
P.O. Box 330
Manchester, NH 03105-0330
2.3
During the initial contact(s) with DG, the Interconnection Customer (IC or Generator) will be
educated about the PSNH interconnection process and offered, either via email or link to the DG
webpage, a copy of 1) these Guidelines for Generator Interconnection, 2) the Technical
Requirements for Non-Utility Generation (Exhibit A), 3) the PSNH Standard Interconnection
Agreement (Exhibit B or B-1, as applicable), and 4) any other procedure, form or guideline
relevant to the process.
2.4
The IC shall submit a pre-application form (posted on the website) to request information about
the EPS in the area of the proposed generator. PSNH DG will review the nearby circuits,
substations, etc. and may conduct a brief meeting with PSNH System Planning and/or the PSNH
Circuit Owner. DG may discuss with the IC in general terms the feasibility of the proposal and
the types of system upgrades that may be required. PSNH reserves the right to charge a fee for
pre-application form reviews. More significant study efforts are discussed below.
Note: DG will only provide interconnection information, whether informal or through detailed
studies, for specific generator proposal at specific generator locations.
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3.0 Application
3.1
Applicability
3.1.1
These Guidelines are applicable to Interconnection Requests for Generating Facilities
which fall under NHPUC jurisdiction. Generators unsure as to whether the proposed
Interconnection is subject to these Guidelines should contact the PSNH DG. If the requirements of
this section are inconsistent with the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules – Chapter Puc
900 (“Net Metering”), then Chapter Puc 900 shall apply.
3.1.2
Requests for Interconnection received by PSNH shall be processed as follows:
3.1.2.1 A request to interconnect a certified inverter-based Generating Facility no larger than
100 kVA shall be evaluated under the “Guidelines for Certified Inverter Based
Generating Facilities, 100 kVA and Less” and in accordance with the applicable
provisions of the Chapter Puc 900 of the NH PUC rules (“Net Metering for
Customer-Owned Renewable Energy Generation Resources of 1,000 Kilowatts or
Less”).
3.1.2.2 All other requests shall be evaluated under the Study Process (Section 4), as
applicable.
3.2
Interconnection Request
3.2.1
Prior to making an Interconnection Request, Generators should contact PSNH DG to
determine where to apply. If an Interconnection Request is sent to PSNH in error (e.g.,
FERC jurisdiction) PSNH will return such Interconnection Request to the Generator and
direct them to apply via ISO-NE.
3.2.2
Interconnection Requests will not be processed unless and until the Pre-Application process
has been complete.
3.2.3
An Interconnection Request must be in the form of Attachment I, and addressed to the
appropriate PSNH DG contact.
3.2.4
PSNH shall date- and time-stamp the Interconnection Request upon receipt. Such date- and
time-stamp shall be used for the purposes of the timetables set forth in these Guidelines.
3.2.5
Within ten (10) Business Days of the receipt of the Interconnection Request, PSNH shall
notify the Generator if such Interconnection Request is incomplete. The Generator will have
fifteen (15) Business Days from the date of such notice to submit the listed information or to
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request an extension of time to provide such information. If the Generator does not provide
the listed information or a request for an extension of time within such fifteen (15) day
period, then the Interconnection Request will be deemed withdrawn, and such deemed
withdrawal shall be subject to Section 3.7. An Interconnection Request will be deemed
complete upon receipt of the listed information by PSNH.
3.3
Insurance Requirements
Generators interconnecting a Generating Facility to the EPS of PSNH shall maintain general liability
insurance in the amounts set forth in the following table, per Interconnection at all times during the
Interconnection. This requirement shall be incorporated into the Interconnection Agreement (see
Exhibit B or B-1 for detailed insurance requirements). Prior to interconnection, the Generator shall
have its insurer furnish to PSNH certificates of insurance evidencing the required insurance
coverage.
If the requirements of this section are inconsistent with the New Hampshire Code of Administrative
Rules – Chapter Puc 900 (“Net Metering”), then Chapter Puc 900 shall apply.
Liability Insurance
Nameplate Rating*
Minimum Liability Insurance
Required
$1,000,000
Not Greater than 500 kW
Greater than 500 kW
$3,000,000
*All Nameplate Ratings are based on aggregate generation at the site.
3.4
Modification
Any modification to machine data, equipment configuration or the Interconnection site not agreed to
in writing by PSNH may be deemed a withdrawal of the Interconnection Request. In the event of a
deemed withdrawal, the provisions of Section 3.7 shall apply.
3.5
Site Control
Documentation evidencing site control must be submitted with the Interconnection Request. Site
control may be demonstrated through:
3.5.1
Ownership of, a leasehold interest in, or a right to develop a site for the purpose of
constructing the Generating Facility;
3.5.2
An irrevocable option to acquire any of the property rights set forth in Section 3.5.1; or
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3.6
3.5.3
An exclusivity or other business relationship between the Generator and an entity having the
right to sell, lease, or grant the Generator the right to possess or occupy a site for such
purpose; or
3.5.4
Filed applications for required permits with respect to a site on Federal or State property.
Queue Position
3.6.1
3.7
PSNH shall assign to each Interconnection Request a queue position based upon date of the
date-stamp described in Section 3.2.3. The queue position of each Interconnection Request
will be used to determine the cost responsibility for any EPS upgrades necessary to
accommodate the Interconnection.
Withdrawal
3.7.1
The Generator may withdraw its Interconnection Request at any time by written notice of
such withdrawal to PSNH.
3.7.2
In addition, if the Generator fails to adhere to all requirements of these Guidelines, subject to
Section 3.7.3, PSNH shall deem the Interconnection Request to be withdrawn and shall
provide written notice to the Generator of the deemed withdrawal and an explanation of the
reasons for such deemed withdrawal.
3.7.3
Upon receipt of such written notice, if the Generator wishes to dispute the withdrawal notice,
the Generator shall have fifteen (15) Business Days in which to respond with information or
actions that cure the deficiency.
3.7.4
Withdrawal of an Interconnection Request shall result in the loss of queue position assigned
to such Interconnection Request.
3.7.5
If a Generator disputes such withdrawal and loss of queue position, then the Generator’s
Interconnection Request shall be removed from the queue until such time that the outcome
of the dispute restores its queue position.
3.7.6
Within thirty (30) days following a withdrawal, a Generator that withdraws or is deemed to
have withdrawn its Interconnection Request shall pay to PSNH and any Affected Parties all
costs prudently incurred with respect to such Interconnection Request prior to the receipt of
notices described Section 3.7.1 or 3.7.2, as the case may be.
3.7.7
A Generator who fails to pay all monies due pursuant to Section 3.7.6 shall not be eligible to
obtain any Interconnection Study reports or submit subsequent Interconnection Requests.
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4.0
4.1
Study Process
Applicability
The Study Process shall be used by a Generator proposing to interconnect its Generating Facility
with the Distribution System if the Generating Facility is either non-inverter based or is inverter
based and greater than 100 kVA.
4.2
Scoping Meeting
4.2.1
Unless the Parties mutually agree to forgo the Scoping Meeting, a Scoping Meeting shall be
held within ten (10) Business Days after the Interconnection Request is deemed complete,
or as otherwise mutually agreed to by the Parties. PSNH, the Generator and the Affected
Party(ies) will bring to the meeting personnel, including system engineers, and other
resources as may be reasonably necessary in order to accomplish the purpose of the
meeting.
4.2.2
The purpose of the Scoping Meeting is to discuss the Interconnection Request, review the
appropriate jurisdiction for application submittal, and review whether the proposed project
will require a corresponding Transmission System Impact Study to be performed and also
to review existing studies relevant to the Interconnection Request. At the Scoping
Meeting, the Parties shall further discuss whether PSNH should perform a Feasibility
Study or proceed directly to the Distribution and Transmission System Impact Studies.
4.2.3
If the Parties agree that a Feasibility Study should be performed, PSNH shall provide the
Generator, as soon as practicable, but not later than five (5) Business Days after the
Scoping Meeting, a Feasibility Study Agreement in the form of Attachment II, including an
outline of the scope of the Feasibility Study and a non-binding good faith estimate of the
cost to perform the Feasibility Study. The Generator must return the executed Feasibility
Study Agreement and associated deposit within fifteen (15) Business Days.
4.2.4
If PSNH determines that a Feasibility Study is not required and the Parties agree to
proceed to the System Impact Studies, then PSNH shall provide the Generator, no later
than five (5) Business Days after the scoping meeting, the appropriate System Impact
Study agreement(s) including an outline of the scope of such System Impact Study and a
non-binding good faith estimate of the cost to perform such System Impact Study. The
form of System Impact Study Agreement is attached hereto as Attachment III. The
Generator must return the executed System Impact Study Agreement and associated
deposit within fifteen (15) Business Days.
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4.3
4.4
Feasibility Study
4.3.1
The Feasibility Study shall identify any potential adverse system impacts that would result
from the Interconnection of the Generating Facility.
4.3.2
The Generator must pay 50% of the good faith cost estimate set forth in the Feasibility
Study Agreement prior to PSNH’s initiation of the Feasibility Study. The scope of and
cost responsibilities for the Feasibility Study are more fully described in the Feasibility
Study Agreement (Attachment II).
4.3.3
If the Feasibility Study shows the potential for adverse system impacts and PSNH
determines that additional study is required, the review process shall proceed to the System
Impact Study(ies). PSNH shall provide the Generator, no later than five (5) Business Days
after delivery of the Feasibility Study results, the appropriate System Impact Study
agreement(s) including an outline of the scope of such System Impact Study and a nonbinding good faith estimate of the cost to perform such System Impact Study. The form
of System Impact Study Agreement is attached hereto as Attachment III. The Generator
must return the executed System Impact Study Agreement and associated deposit within
fifteen (15) Business Days.
4.3.4
If the Feasibility Study shows no potential for adverse system impacts or if PSNH
determines that the Feasibility Study has adequately evaluated all system impacts, the
review process shall proceed to the Facility Study. PSNH shall provide the Generator, no
later than five (5) Business Days after delivery of the Feasibility Study results, a Facility
Study Agreement in the form of Attachment IV, including an outline of the scope of the
study and a non-binding good faith estimate of the cost to perform the study. The
Generator must return the executed Facility Study Agreement and associated deposit
within fifteen (15) Business Days.
4.3.5
If the Feasibility Study shows that no additional facilities or EPS upgrades are necessary
such that a Facility Study is not required, an Interconnection Agreement shall be provided
to the Generator for execution within five (5) Business Days after the delivery of the
Feasibility Study results. The Generator must return the executed Interconnection
Agreement within thirty (30) Business Days.
System Impact Studies
4.4.1
The System Impact Studies shall (a) identify and detail the EPS impacts that would result if
the proposed Generating Facility were interconnected without project modifications (e.g.
specific protection and control features) or electric system modifications, focusing on the
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adverse system impacts identified in the Feasibility Study, and/or (b) study potential
impacts, including but not limited to those identified in the Scoping Meeting.
4.5
4.4.2
A payment of 50% of the good faith estimated System Impact Study costs shall be
required from the Generator prior to initiation of the System Impact Studies. The scope
of and cost responsibilities for the System Impact Study are more fully described in the
System Impact Study Agreement (Attachment III).
4.4.3
Any Affected Parties shall be invited to participate in the System Impact Studies and
provide information necessary or helpful to complete the System Impact Studies.
4.4.4
If the System Impact Study identifies that additional facilities and/or upgrades to the EPS
are required, the review process shall proceed to the Facility Study. PSNH shall provide
the Generator, no later than five (5) Business Days after delivery of the System Impact
Study results, a Facility Study Agreement in the form of Attachment IV, including an
outline of the scope of the study and a non-binding good faith estimate of the cost to
perform the study. The Generator must return the executed Facility Study Agreement and
associated deposit within fifteen (15) Business Days.
5.4.5
If the System Impact Study shows that no additional facilities or EPS upgrades are
necessary such that a Facility Study is not required; or if PSNH determines that the System
Impact Study has adequately specified the additional facilities or EPS upgrades, an
Interconnection Agreement shall be provided to the Generator for execution within five
(5) Business Days after the delivery of the System Impact Study results. The Generator
must return the executed Interconnection Agreement within thirty (30) Business Days.
Facility Study
4.5.1
Within five (5) Business Days following receipt of the Facility Study Agreement described
above, the Generator shall notify PSNH in writing as to whether it will either pursue the
Facility Study or waive the Facility Study and elect an expedited Interconnection.
4.5.1.1 If the Generator waives the Facility Study, it shall commit to the following
milestones in the Interconnection Agreement: (a) siting approval by the
appropriate regulatory authorities for the Generating Facility and Interconnection
Facilities; (b) engineering of Interconnection Facilities shall be subject to prior
approval by PSNH; (c) the ordering of long lead time material by PSNH for
Interconnection Facilities and system upgrades; (iv) an In-Service Date; and (v)
Commercial Operation Date.
4.5.1.2 If the Generator does not waive the Facility Study, in order to remain under
consideration for Interconnection and in PSNH’s Interconnection queue, then the
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Generator must return the executed Facility Study Agreement and associated
deposit or a request for an extension of time within fifteen (15) Business Days
following receipt of the Facility Study Agreement from PSNH. Any such
extension shall not exceed sixty (60) Business Days.
4.5.2
The Facility Study shall specify and estimate the cost of the equipment, engineering,
procurement and construction work (including overheads) needed to implement the
conclusions of the Feasibility Study and/or the System Impact Studies.
4.5.3
Design for any required Interconnection Facilities and/or Generating Facility upgrades
shall be provided for under the Facility Study Agreement. PSNH may contract with
outside consultants to provide such design(s). The Generator, PSNH and any Affected
Party(ies), may agree to allow the Generator to separately arrange for such design(s). In
such cases, facilities design shall be subject to review and prior approval by PSNH, in
accordance with the Facility Study Agreement. If the Parties agree to separately arrange
for design and construction, and provided security and confidentiality requirements can be
met, PSNH shall make sufficient information available to the Generator in accordance
with confidentiality and critical infrastructure requirements to permit the Generator to
obtain an independent design and cost estimate for any necessary facilities.
4.5.4
A payment of 50% of the good faith estimated Facility Study costs shall be required from
the Generator prior to execution of the Facility Study.
4.5.5
The scope of and cost responsibilities for the Facility Study are described in the attached
Facility Study Agreement.
4.5.6
Within thirty (30) Business Days of receipt of the Facility Study results, the Generator shall
provide written notice whether it agrees to pay for the Interconnection Facilities and
upgrades identified in the Facility Study. An executable Interconnection Agreement shall
be tendered by PSNH to the Generator within five (5) Business Days of receipt of such
written notice. The Generator must return the executed Interconnection Agreement and
associated deposit within thirty (30) Business Days.
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5.0 Provisions That Apply to All Interconnections
and Associated Applications
5.1
Reasonable Efforts
PSNH shall make reasonable efforts to meet all time frames provided in these Guidelines;
provided, however, that PSNH and the Generator may agree to different time frames. If PSNH
fails to meet a deadline provided herein, it shall (a) notify the Generator, (b) explain the reason for
the failure to meet the deadline, and (c) provide an estimated date by which it will complete the
applicable Interconnection procedure in the process.
5.2
Interconnection Metering
Any metering necessitated by the use of the Generating Facility shall be installed at the
Generator’s expense in accordance with Applicable Reliability Standards then in effect.
5.3
Commissioning
Commissioning tests of the Generator’s installed equipment shall be performed pursuant to
applicable Codes and Standards, and equipment manufacturers’ recommendations. Upon request,
the Generator shall provide a certified commissioning test procedure to PSNH for approval.
The list below is a list of tests commonly required by IEEE 1547 and is not intended to be a list of
additional testing requirements:
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Current Transformer (CT) and CT circuit polarity, ratio, insulation, excitation, continuity and
burden tests,
Voltage Transformer (VT) and VT circuit polarity, ratio, insulation and continuity tests,
Relay pick-up and time delay tests,
Functional breaker trip tests from protective relays,
Relay in-service test to check for proper phase rotation and magnitudes of applied currents and
voltages,
Breaker closing interlock tests, and
Paralleling and disconnection operation.
Anti-islanding function, if applicable.
Non-export function, if applicable.
Synchronizing Controls, if applicable.
Proof of inability to energize dead lines.
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PSNH must be given at least ten (10) Business Days written notice, or as otherwise mutually
agreed to by the Parties, of the tests and may be present to witness the commissioning tests.
PSNH will not assist in performance of, or provide equipment for the commissioning test.
5.4
Periodic Interconnection Tests
Upon request, the Generator shall provide a written periodic Interconnection test procedure to
PSNH. (Such procedures are typically provided by the equipment manufacturer.) The procedure
shall describe a test process that will verify all Interconnection-related protective functions and
associated batteries are functional, but need not replicate the commissioning test procedures. The
interval between periodic tests shall be specified by the manufacturer, system integrator, the
authority having jurisdiction over the Interconnection, or as specified in the Interconnection
Agreement. Written test reports or a log for inspection shall be maintained by the Generator.
PSNH may audit the Generator’s written test reports, logs and other materials regarding the
Interconnection or the Generating Facility at its discretion. If the functional software or firmware
of the Interconnection system has been modified or if any hardware component of the
Interconnection system has been modified, replaced or repaired with parts different from the
tested configuration, and if such hardware, software or firmware have not been previously
approved, then the applicable commissioning tests shall be performed by an independent testing
facility. If such hardware, software or firmware has been previously approved or if settings have
been changed, then only the commissioning tests applicable to the changes made shall be
conducted. This requirement is in accordance with IEEE 1547.2.
5.5
Confidentiality
PSNH shall maintain confidentiality of all information provided by the Generator clearly
designated as “Confidential” except as otherwise required by system operators, applicable laws and
regulations. In the event that PSNH is requested to produce such confidential information,
PSNH shall provide advance notice to Generator, if possible, to give Generator an opportunity to
seek protective treatment of such information. If such information is requested or required by the
NHPUC, PSNH will seek protective treatment of such confidential information. Confidential
information does not include information that is: (a) in or becomes part of the public domain; (b)
known to PSNH previously; (c) independently developed by PSNH; (d) rightfully obtained by
PSNH from third parties without a duty of confidentiality; or (e) required to be publicly disclosed
by law, statute or regulation.
5.6
Record Retention
PSNH shall, at a minimum, maintain for three (3) years, subject to audit, records of all
Interconnection Requests received under these procedures, the times required to complete
Interconnection Request approvals and disapprovals, and justification for the actions taken on the
Interconnection Requests.
5.7
Interconnection Agreement
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The Generator and PSNH shall be Parties to the Interconnection Agreement. PSNH shall
provide an Interconnection Agreement to the Generator in accordance with these Guidelines.
After PSNH provides an Interconnection Agreement to the Generator for execution, the
Generator shall have thirty (30) Business Days or another mutually agreeable timeframe to sign
and return the Interconnection Agreement and associated deposit. After the Interconnection
Agreement is fully executed, the Interconnection of the Generating Facility shall proceed under
the provisions of the Interconnection Agreement.
5.8
Performance Assurance
Performance Assurance will only be required in rare cases where abnormally high ongoing
maintenance cost are anticipated to support the Interconnection or in unusual cases where there is
a potential for wide variation between the actual and estimated costs for the Interconnection.
If performance assurance is required for an Interconnection, PSNH will provide a written
explanation of the reasons to the Generator.
5.9
Coordination with Affected Systems
If PSNH determines that any Interconnection Request may have an impact on other Affected Systems,
PSNH will include representatives of such Affected Systems in all meetings and proceedings pertinent
to such impact.
5.10
Generating Facility Capacity
The Generating Facility Capacity, for the purpose of analysis, shall be determined as follows:
6.10.1 If the Interconnection Request is for an increase in capacity for an existing Generating
Facility, the Interconnection Request shall be evaluated on the basis of the new total
capacity of the Generating Facility.
6.10.2 If the Interconnection Request is for a Generating Facility that includes multiple energy
production devices at a site for which the Generator seeks a single Point of
Interconnection, the Interconnection Request shall be evaluated on the basis of the
aggregate capacity of such multiple devices.
6.10.3 The Interconnection Request shall be evaluated using the maximum rated capacity of the
Generating Facility.
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PSNH INTERCONNECTION REQUEST
Send the completed Interconnection Request and required attachments to:
[Contact DG for the latest form]
Public Service of New Hampshire
Attn: Michael Motta, Senior Engineer – Distributed Generation
P. O. Box 330
Manchester, NH 03105
Telephone Number:
Fax:
E-Mail Address:
603-634-2920
603-634-2924
mottamd@psnh.com
An Interconnection Request is considered complete when it provides all applicable and correct
information required below.
Documentation that the applicant has control of the property on which the proposed facility shall
be located must be submitted with the Interconnection Request. The documentation may
include proof of ownership, a leasehold interest, a right to develop, or an option to acquire the
site.
A facility one-line electrical diagram must be submitted with the Interconnection Request.
Generating Facility Information:
Legal Name of the Generator (or, if an individual, individual's name)
Name:
Contact Person:
Mailing Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
Facility Location (if different from above):
Telephone (Day): _______________________ Telephone (Evening): __________
Fax: ____________________ E-Mail Address: _________________________
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Is the Interconnection Request for:
New Generating Facility?
Yes _____
No _____
Capacity addition to or Material Modification of an existing Generating Facility:
Yes _____
No _____
If capacity addition to or Material Modification of an existing facility, please describe:
__________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Commencement of participation in the wholesale markets by an existing Generating Facility:
Yes _____
No _____
A retail customer interconnecting a New Generating Facility that will produce electric energy to be
consumed only on the retail customer’s site?
Yes _____
No _____
If onsite use of power, describe the mode of operation: (Please Check all that Apply)
□ Peak Shaving
□
Demand Management
□
Primary Power/Base Load
□
Combined Heat and Power or Cogeneration
□
Stand By/Emergency/Back-up
A Qualifying Facility where 100% of the output will be sold to PSNH?
Yes _____
No _____
A Qualifying Facility intending to sell power at wholesale to an entity other than PSNH?
Yes _____
No _____
A Generator interconnecting a new Generating Facility that plans to participate in the wholesale markets?
Yes _____
No _____
An existing Generating Facility commencing participation in the wholesale markets?
Yes _____
No _____
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Paralleling:
Will the Generating Facility operate in parallel with the PSNH system for any amount of time?
Yes _____
No _____
If No: Then Generator is operating as “Open” Transition.
If Yes: Will the Generating Facility operate in parallel with PSNH for longer than 100 milliseconds?
Yes _____
No _____
If No: Then Generator is operating as “Closed” Transition.
If Yes: Then Generator is operating as “Parallel Operation.”
Will the generator operation vary by season? (Please describe)
__________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
For installations at locations with existing electric service to which the proposed Generating Facility will
interconnect, provide:
Account #_______________________________________________________________________
Meter #_________________________________________________________________________
Contact Name: ___________________________________________________________________
Title: ___________________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________________
Telephone (Day): _______________________ Telephone (Evening): ________________________
Fax: __________________________________ E-Mail Address: ____________________________
Requested Point of Interconnection: __________________________________________________
Generating Facility's Requested In-Service Date: _________________________________________
Generating Facility Information:
Data apply only to the Generating Facility, not the Interconnection Facilities.
Energy Source:
Solar ______
Wind ______
Hydro ______
Diesel _____
Natural Gas _____
Hydro Type (e.g. Run-of-River):____________
Fuel Oil _______
Other (state type) _________________________________________________________________
Prime Mover:
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Fuel Cell ______
Reciprocating Engine ______
Steam Turbine ______
Micro-turbine ______
Gas Turbine _______
PV ______
Other (state type) _________________________________________________________________
Type of Generator: Synchronous _________
Induction __________
Inverter _____________
Generator Manufacturer: ___________________________________________________________
Generator Model Name & Number: __________________________________________________
Generator Version Number: ________________________________________________________
Generator Nameplate Rating: _____________ kW (Typical)
Generator Nameplate kVAR: _____________
Generating Facility or Customer-Site Load: ____________________________ kW (if none, so state)
Typical Reactive Load (if known): _____________________________________________________
Maximum Physical Export Capability Requested: ______________________________________ kW
Generator Nameplate Output Power Rating in kW:
(Summer) _______________
(Winter) _______________
Generator Nameplate Output Power Rating in kVA:
(Summer) _______________
(Winter) _______________
Individual Generator Power Factor:
Rated Power Factor: Leading _______________
Lagging _______________
Wind Farm Interconnection:
Total Number of Generators in wind farm to be interconnected pursuant to this Interconnection Request:
Quantity: __________
Elevation: _________
Single Phase ________
Three Phase _______
Generating Facility Characteristic Data (for inverter-based machines):
Inverter Manufacturer: _____________________________________________________________
Model Name & Number: ___________________________________________________________
Is the Inverter UL 1741 listed?
Yes ______
No _______
Is the Inverter IEEE 1547 listed?
Yes ______
No _______
Is the Inverter IEEE 1547.1 listed?
Yes ______
No _______
Max design fault contribution current: _________ Instantaneous __________ or RMS? _________
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Harmonics Characteristics: __________________________________________________________
Start-up requirements: ______________________________________________________________
Available fault current: _____________________________________________________________
Generating Facility Characteristic Data (for rotating machines):
Speed: _______________ RPM
Neutral Grounding Resistor (If Applicable): _______________
Synchronous Generators:
Direct Axis Synchronous Reactance, Xd: _______________Per Unit
Direct Axis Transient Reactance, X d ’: _______________ Per Unit
Direct Axis Sub transient Reactance, X d ”: _______________ Per Unit
Negative Sequence Reactance, X 2 : _______________ Per Unit
Zero Sequence Reactance, X 0 : _______________ Per Unit
KVA Base: __________________________
Field Volts: __________________________
Field Amperes: _______________________
Induction Generators:
Motoring Power (kW): _______________
I 2 2t or K (Heating Time Constant): _______________
Rotor Resistance, Rr: _______________ Per Unit
Stator Resistance, Rs: _______________ Per Unit
Stator Reactance, Xs: _______________ Per Unit
Rotor Reactance, Xr: _______________ Per Unit
Magnetizing Reactance, Xm: _______________ Per Unit
Short Circuit Reactance, Xd'': _______________ Per Unit
Exciting Current: _______________ Amps
Temperature Rise: _______________
Frame Size: _______________
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Design Letter: _______________
Reactive Power Required In Vars (No Load): _______________
Reactive Power Required In Vars (Full Load): _______________
Total Rotating Inertia, H: _______________ Per Unit on kVA Base
Transformer Data (If Applicable, for Generating Facility-Owned Transformer):
Transformer Size: _______________ kVA
Is the transformer: _______________ single phase _______________ three phase?
Transformer Impedance: _______________% on _______________ kVA Base
Transformer Positive-Sequence Short Circuit Impedances (pu):
Zps= _______________, Zpt=_______________, Zst=_______________
Transformer Zero-Sequence Impedances (pu):
Zpm0= _______________, Zsm0= _______________, Zmg0= _______________
Transformer Neutral Grounding Reactor/Resistor Impedance (Ohms):
Transformer BIL Rating _______________ kV
If Three Phase:
Transformer Primary:
_____ Volts _____ Delta _____Wye _____ Wye Grounded
Transformer Secondary: _____ Volts _____ Delta _____Wye _____ Wye Grounded
Transformer Tertiary:
_____ Volts _____ Delta _____Wye _____ Wye Grounded
Transformer Fuse Data (If Applicable, for Generating Facility-Owned Fuse):
(Attach copy of fuse manufacturer's Minimum Melt and Total Clearing Time-Current Curves)
Manufacturer: _______________ Type: _______________
Size: _______________Speed: _______________
Interconnecting Circuit Breaker (if applicable):
Manufacturer: ____________________________________________________________________
Type: ___________________________________________________________________________
Load Rating (Amps): _______________ Interrupting Rating (Amps): _______________
Trip Speed (Cycles): _______________
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Current Transformer Data (If Applicable):
(Enclose Copy of Manufacturer's Excitation and Ratio Correction Curves)
Manufacturer: ____________________________________________________________________
Type: _______________ Accuracy Class: ________ Proposed Ratio Connection: _______________
Manufacturer: ____________________________________________________________________
Type: _______________ Accuracy Class: ________ Proposed Ratio Connection: _______________
Potential Transformer Data (If Applicable):
Manufacturer: ____________________________________________________________________
Type: _______________ Accuracy Class: ________ Proposed Ratio Connection: _______________
Manufacturer: ____________________________________________________________________
Type: _______________ Accuracy Class: ________ Proposed Ratio Connection: _______________
General Information:
Is evidence of site control enclosed?
Yes _____
No _____
Are site electrical One-Line Diagram(s) showing the confirguration of all Generating Facility equipment
enclosed?
Yes _____
No _____
Enclose copy of any site documentation that indicates the precise physical location of the proposed
Generating Facility (e.g., USGS topographic map or other diagram or documentation).
Enclose copy of any site documentation that describes and details the operation of the protection and
control schemes.
Applicant Signature
I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, all the information provided in this Interconnection
Request is true and correct.
For Generator: ___________________________________________ Date: __________________
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ATTACHMENT II
FEASIBILITY STUDY AGREEMENT
Feasibility Study Agreement
This Feasibility Study Agreement (this “Agreement”), dated as of _______________ (the
“Effective Date ”), is entered into by and between Public Service of New Hampshire, a
New Hampshire corporation with a principal place of business at 780 North Commercial
St, Manchester, NH, 03101 (“PSNH”), and ____________________________________,
a
________________________with
a
principal
place
of
business
at
_______________________________, (“Generator”).
(PSNH and Generator are
collectively referred to as the “Parties ” and individually as a “Party ”).
RECITALS
WHEREAS, Generator is proposing to develop a Generating Facility or increase
the generating capacity of an existing Generating Facility consistent with the Interconnection
Request completed by Generator on_________________________;
WHEREAS, Generator desires to interconnect the Generating Facility with the
Distribution System; and
WHEREAS, Generator has requested PSNH to perform a Feasibility Study to
assess the feasibility of interconnecting the proposed Generating Facility with the facilities
that are part of PSNH’s Distribution System, and of any Affected Systems (the “Feasibility
Study ”).
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of and subject to the mutual covenants
contained herein the Parties agree as follows:
1.0
Capitalized terms used herein but not defined herein shall have the meanings
ascribed to such terms in PSNH’s Guidelines for Generator Interconnection (the
“Guidelines ”).
2.0
PSNH shall conduct a Feasibility Study in accordance with the Guidelines.
3.0
The scope of the Feasibility Study shall be subject to the assumptions set forth
in Exhibit A to this Agreement.
4.0
The Feasibility Study shall be based on the technical information provided by the
Generator in its Interconnection Request, as may be modified as the result of the
Scoping Meeting. At the reasonable request of PSNH, the Generator shall promptly
provide additional technical information to PSNH.
5.0
In performing the Feasibility Study, PSNH may rely, to the extent reasonably
practicable, on other existing studies in PSNH’s possession.
6.0
At the request of the Generator and at the Generator’s sole cost and expense, the
Feasibility Study shall include the feasibility of any Interconnection at a proposed
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project site where there could be multiple potential Points of Interconnection.
7.0
In conjunction with the execution of this Agreement, PSNH shall provide to the
Generator a written good faith estimate of the cost of the Feasibility Study (the
“Cost Estimate ”). Prior to commencement of the Feasibility Study, the Generator
shall pay at least 50% of the Cost Estimate to PSNH (the “Deposit”). The Cost
Estimate shall be provided in Exhibit A to this Agreement.
8.0
Following receipt of the Deposit, PSNH shall open a work order (the “Work
Order”) to track PSNH expenses related to the Feasibility Study.
9.0
Following the conclusion of the Feasibility Study, PSNH shall prepare a Feasibility
Study report (the “Report”), which, unless otherwise noted in Exhibit A to this
Agreement, shall provide the following analyses for the purpose of identifying any
potential adverse system impacts that would result from the Interconnection of the
Generating Facility as proposed:
8.1
Initial identification of any circuit breaker or other facility short circuit
capability limits exceeded as a result of the Interconnection;
8.2
Initial identification of any thermal overload or voltage limit violations
resulting from the Interconnection;
8.3
Initial review of grounding requirements and electric system protection; and
8.4
A non-binding estimate of the cost (including a description thereof) of
facilities required to interconnect the proposed Generating Facility.
10.0
PSNH shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide the Report to the
Generator in accordance with the estimated completion date noted in Exhibit A to
this Agreement.
11.0
At any time prior to completion of the Feasibility Study, PSNH may calculate the
expenses that have accrued on the Work Order and, to the extent that the accrued
expenses exceed the Deposit, PSNH may provide an invoice to the Generator. The
Generator shall pay the invoice to PSNH within thirty (30) Calendar Days of the
invoice date (without interest).
12.0
Within thirty (30) days of the completion of the Feasibility Study, PSNH shall
calculate the actual costs of the Feasibility Study (the “Actual Cost”), and PSNH
shall provide an invoice to the Generator.
13.0
In the event the Actual Cost exceeds the Deposit, the Generator shall pay the
difference to PSNH within thirty (30) Calendar Days of the invoice date (without
interest). In the event the Deposit exceeds the Actual Cost, PSNH shall pay the
excess to the Generator within thirty (30) Calendar Days of the invoice date (without
interest).
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14.0
Miscellaneous.
14.1
Accuracy of Information. The Generator represents and warrants that, to
the best of its knowledge, the information it provides to PSNH in
connection with this Agreement and the Feasibility Study shall be accurate
and complete as of the date such information is provided. The Generator
shall promptly provide PSNH with any additional information needed to
update information previously provided.
14.2
Disclaimer of Warranty. In performing the Feasibility Study, PSNH may rely
on information provided by the Generator and third parties, and may not
have control over the accuracy of such information. ACCORDINGLY,
PSNH HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHETHER ARISING BY OPERATION OF
LAW, COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR DEALING, CUSTOM,
USAGE IN THE TRADE OR PROFESSION, OR OTHERWISE,
INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE. Generator acknowledges that it has not relied on any
representations or warranties not specifically set forth herein and that no
such representations or warranties have formed the basis of its bargain
hereunder.
14.3
Force Majeure, Liability and Indemnification.
14.3.1 Force Majeure. If a Force Majeure Event prevents a Party from
fulfilling any obligations under this Agreement, such Party will
promptly notify the other Party in writing, and will keep the other
Party informed on a continuing basis of the scope and duration of
the Force Majeure Event. The affected Party shall specify in
reasonable detail the circumstances of the Force Majeure Event, its
expected duration, and the steps that the affected Party is taking to
mitigate the effects of the event on its performance. The affected
Party may suspend or modify its performance of obligations under
this Agreement, other than the obligation to make payments then due
or becoming due under this Agreement, but only to the extent that
the effect of the Force Majeure Event cannot be mitigated by the use
of commercially reasonable efforts. The affected Party shall use
commercially reasonable efforts to resume its performance as soon as
possible.
Without limiting this section, the Generator shall
immediately notify PSNH verbally if the failure to fulfill the
Generator's obligations under this Agreement may impact the safety
or reliability of PSNH EPS. For purposes of this Agreement, “Force
Majeure Event” means any event or circumstance that (a) is beyond
the reasonable control of the affected Party and (b) the affected Party
is unable to prevent or provide against by exercising commercially
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reasonable efforts. Force Majeure Events include the following
events or circumstances, but only to the extent they satisfy the
foregoing requirements: (i) acts of war or terrorism, public disorder,
insurrection, or rebellion; (ii) floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, lighting,
storms, and other natural calamities; (iii) explosions or fire; (iv)
strikes, work stoppages, or labor disputes; (v) embargoes; and (vi)
sabotage. In no event shall the lack of funds or the inability to obtain
funds constitute a Force Majeure Event.
14.3.2 Liability. Except with respect to a Party's fraud or willful
misconduct, and except with respect to damages sought by a third
party in connection with a third party claim: (a) neither Party shall be
liable to the other Party, for any damages other than direct damages;
and (b) each Party agrees that it is not entitled to recover and agrees
to waive any claim with respect to, and will not seek, consequential,
punitive or any other special damages as to any matter under, relating
to, arising from or connected to this Agreement.. Notwithstanding
the foregoing, nothing in this Section 13.3.2 shall be deemed to limit
Generator’s obligations under Section 13.3.3.
14.3.3 Indemnification. The Generator shall indemnify, defend and hold
harmless PSNH and its trustees, directors, officers, employees and
agents (including affiliates, contractors and their employees) from
and against any liability, damage, loss, claim, demand, complaint, suit,
proceeding, action, audit, investigation, obligation, cost, judgment,
adjudication, arbitration decision, penalty (including fees and fines),
or expense (including court costs and attorneys' fees) relating to,
arising from or connected to this Agreement.
14.4
Term and Termination. This Agreement shall be effective from the
Effective Date until the earlier of (a) one year from the Effective Date and
(b) the withdrawal of the Generator’s Interconnection Request, unless
extended by written agreement of the Parties. Notwithstanding the
foregoing, PSNH may terminate this Agreement fifteen (15) days after
providing written notice to the Generator that it has breached any of its
obligations hereunder, if such breach has not been cured within such fifteen
(15) day period.
14.5
Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of New Hampshire applicable to
contracts made and performed in such State and without regard to conflicts
of law doctrines.
14.6
Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable
for any reason, such provision shall be adjusted rather than voided, if
possible, to achieve the intent of the Parties. If no such adjustment is
possible, such provision shall be fully severable and severed, and all other
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provisions of this Agreement will be deemed valid and enforceable to the
extent possible.
14.7
Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of
which shall be deemed an original, and all counterparts so executed shall
constitute one agreement binding on all of the Parties hereto,
notwithstanding that all of the Parties are not signatories to the same
counterpart. Facsimile counterparts may be delivered by any Party, with the
intention that they shall have the same effect as an original counterpart
hereof.
14.8
Amendment. No amendment, modification or waiver of any term hereof
shall be effective unless set forth in writing and signed by the Parties hereto.
14.9
Survival. The termination of this Agreement shall not relieve either Party of
its liabilities and obligations, owed or continuing at the time of termination.
14.10 Independent Contractor. PSNH shall at all times be deemed to be an
independent contractor of the Generator, and none of PSNH’s employees,
contractors or the employees of its contractors shall be deemed to be
employees of the Generator as a result of this Agreement.
14.11 No Implied Waivers. No failure on the part of any Party to exercise or delay
in exercising any right hereunder shall be deemed a waiver thereof, nor shall
any single or partial exercise of any right hereunder preclude any further or
other exercise of such or any other right..
14.12 Successors and Assigns. Neither Party may assign this Agreement, by
operation of law or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the other
Party, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. In the event of an
assignment authorized hereunder, each and every term and condition hereof
shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Parties and their
respective successors and assigns.
14.13 Due Authorization. Each Party represents and warrants to the other that (a)
it has full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to perform
its obligations hereunder, (b) execution of this Agreement will not violate any
other agreement with a third party, and (c) the individual signing this
Agreement on its behalf has been properly authorized and empowered to
enter into this Agreement.
[Signature page follows. ]
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have caused this Agreement to be duly
executed by their duly authorized officers or agents on the day and year first above written.
[Insert name of the Generator]
___________________________________
Signed______________________________
Name (Printed):
___________________________________
Title_______________________________
[Insert name of PSNH]
___________________________________
Signed______________________________
Name (Printed):
___________________________________
Title_______________________________
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EXHIBIT A
The Feasibility Study will be based upon the information set forth in the Interconnection
Request and agreed upon in the Scoping Meeting held on: _______________________
1) Designation of Point of Interconnection and configuration to be studied:
2) Other assumptions (listed below) are to be provided by the Generator and PSNH.
3) Scope of Work:
4) Cost Estimate:
5) Estimated Completion Date:
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SYSTEM IMPACT STUDY AGREEMENT
System Impact Study Agreement
This System Impact Study Agreement (this “Agreement”), dated as of _______________
(the “Effective Date ”) is entered into by and between Public Service of New Hampshire, a
New Hampshire corporation with a principal place of business at 780 North Commercial
St, Manchester, NH, 03101 (“PSNH”), and ____________________________________,
a
________________________with
a
principal
place
of
business
at
_______________________________, (“Generator”).
(PSNH and Generator are
collectively referred to as the “Parties ” and individually as a “Party ”).
RECITALS
WHEREAS, Generator is proposing to develop a Generating Facility or increase
the generating capacity of an existing Generating Facility consistent with the Interconnection
Request completed by Generator on_________________________;
WHEREAS, Generator desires to interconnect the Generating Facility with the
Distribution System;
WHEREAS, Generator has requested PSNH to perform or cause to be performed
one or more System Impact Study(ies) to assess the impact of the proposed Interconnection
of the Generating Facility.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of and subject to the mutual covenants
contained herein the Parties agree as follows:
1.0
Capitalized terms used herein but not defined herein shall have the meanings
ascribed to such terms in PSNH’s Guidelines for Generator Interconnection (the
“Guidelines ”).
2.0
PSNH shall conduct or cause to be conducted a Distribution System Impact Study in
accordance with the Guidelines. If a Transmission System Impact Study is required,
PSNH shall coordinate the study which shall be in accordance with ISO-NE
Schedule 22 or 23, as applicable. Either or both of these studies may be referred to
as the “Study”.
3.0
The Study shall be based upon the results of the Feasibility Study, if conducted, the
technical information provided by Generator in the Interconnection Request, and
the assumptions set forth in Exhibit A to this Agreement (the “Assumptions ”). At
the reasonable request of PSNH, the Generator shall promptly provide additional
technical information to PSNH.
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4.0
The Study shall incorporate any combination of the following: (a) short circuit
analyses; (b) stability analyses; (c) power flow analyses; (d) distribution load flow
studies; (e) analyses of equipment interrupting ratings; (f) voltage drop and flicker
studies; (g) protection coordination studies; (h) protection and set point coordination
studies; and (i) grounding reviews.
5.0
Any Affected System may participate in the Study at its own cost.
6.0
In connection with the Study, PSNH shall consider the impact of the proposed
Interconnection of the Generating Facility in light of other generating facilities that,
on the date the Study is commenced:
6.1
are currently interconnected with the Distribution or Transmission System or
an Affected System;
6.2
are expected to be interconnected with the Distribution or Transmission
System or an Affected System; and
6.3
have an earlier queue position (as assigned either by ISO-NE pursuant to
Schedule 22 or 23, or by PSNH pursuant to Section 3.6 of the Guidelines)
than the Generating Facility.
7.0
In conjunction with the execution of this Agreement, PSNH shall provide to the
Generator a written good faith estimate of the cost of the Study (the “Cost
Estimate ”). Prior to commencement of the Study, the Generator shall pay 50% of
the Cost Estimate to PSNH (the “Desposit”). The Cost Estimate shall be provided
in Exhibit A to this Agreement.
8.0
Following receipt of the Deposit, PSNH shall open a work order (the “Work
Order”) to track PSNH expenses related to the Study.
9.0
Following the conclusion of the Study, PSNH shall prepare or cause to be prepared a
Study report (the “Report”). The Report, unless otherwise noted in Exhibit A to
this Agreement, shall (a) state the assumptions upon which the Study was based, (b)
set forth the results of the various analyses and reviews, (c) provide the requirement
or potential impediments to providing the requested Interconnection service, (d)
provide an initial estimate of the cost necessary to correct any problems, if any,
identified in the Report; and (e) provide a list of facilities that are required to
implement the Interconnection of the Generating Facility, along with and a nonbinding good faith estimate of cost to construct such facilities.
10.0
Any Affected System that may be adversely impacted by the proposed
Interconnection shall be afforded an opportunity to review and comment on the
Report.
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11.0
PSNH shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide the Report to the
Generator in accordance with the estimated completion date noted in Exhibit A to
this Agreement.
12.0
At any time prior to completion of the Study, PSNH may calculate the expenses that
have accrued on the Work Order and, to the extent that the accrued expenses exceed
the Deposit, PSNH may provide an invoice to the Generator. The Generator shall
pay the invoice to PSNH within thirty (30) Calendar Days of the invoice date
(without interest).
13.0
Within thirty (30) days of the completion of the Study, PSNH shall calculate the
actual costs of the Study (the “Actual Cost”), and PSNH shall provide an invoice to
the Generator.
14.0
In the event the Actual Cost exceeds the Deposit, the Generator shall pay the
difference to PSNH within thirty (30) Calendar Days of the invoice date (without
interest). In the event the Deposit exceeds the Actual Cost, PSNH shall pay the
excess to the Generator within thirty (30) Calendar Days of the invoice date (without
interest).
15.0
Miscellaneous.
15.1
Accuracy of Information. The Generator represents and warrants that, to
the best of its knowledge, the information it provides to PSNH in
connection with this Agreement and the Study shall be accurate and
complete as of the date such information is provided. The Generator shall
promptly provide PSNH with any additional information needed to update
information previously provided.
15.2
Disclaimer of Warranty. In performing the Study, PSNH may rely on
information provided by the Generator and third parties, and may not have
control over the accuracy of such information. ACCORDINGLY, PSNH
HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, WHETHER ARISING BY OPERATION OF LAW, COURSE
OF PERFORMANCE OR DEALING, CUSTOM, USAGE IN THE
TRADE OR PROFESSION, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING
WITHOUT
LIMITATION
IMPLIED
WARRANTIES
OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE. Generator acknowledges that it has not relied on any
representations or warranties not specifically set forth herein and that no
such representations or warranties have formed the basis of its bargain
hereunder.
15.3
Force Majeure, Liability and Indemnification.
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15.3.1 Force Majeure. If a Force Majeure Event prevents a Party from
fulfilling any obligations under this Agreement, such Party will
promptly notify the other Party in writing, and will keep the other
Party informed on a continuing basis of the scope and duration of
the Force Majeure Event. The affected Party shall specify in
reasonable detail the circumstances of the Force Majeure Event, its
expected duration, and the steps that the affected Party is taking to
mitigate the effects of the event on its performance. The affected
Party may suspend or modify its performance of obligations under
this Agreement, other than the obligation to make payments then due
or becoming due under this Agreement, but only to the extent that
the effect of the Force Majeure Event cannot be mitigated by the use
of commercially reasonable efforts. The affected Party shall use
commercially reasonable efforts to resume its performance as soon as
possible.
Without limiting this section, the Generator shall
immediately notify PSNH verbally if the failure to fulfill the
Generator's obligations under this Agreement may impact the safety
or reliability of PSNH EPS. For purposes of this Agreement, “Force
Majeure Event” means any event or circumstance that (a) is beyond
the reasonable control of the affected Party and (b) the affected Party
is unable to prevent or provide against by exercising commercially
reasonable efforts. Force Majeure Events include the following
events or circumstances, but only to the extent they satisfy the
foregoing requirements: (i) acts of war or terrorism, public disorder,
insurrection, or rebellion; (ii) floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, lighting,
storms, and other natural calamities; (iii) explosions or fire; (iv)
strikes, work stoppages, or labor disputes; (v) embargoes; and (vi)
sabotage. In no event shall the lack of funds or the inability to obtain
funds constitute a Force Majeure Event.
15.3.2 Liability. Except with respect to a Party's fraud or willful
misconduct, and except with respect to damages sought by a third
party in connection with a third party claim: (a) neither Party shall be
liable to the other Party, for any damages other than direct damages;
and (b) each Party agrees that it is not entitled to recover and agrees
to waive any claim with respect to, and will not seek, consequential,
punitive or any other special damages as to any matter under, relating
to, arising from or connected to this Agreement.. Notwithstanding
the foregoing, nothing in this Section 13.3.2 shall be deemed to limit
Generator’s obligations under Section 13.3.3.
15.3.3 Indemnification. The Generator shall indemnify, defend and hold
harmless PSNH and its trustees, directors, officers, employees and
agents (including affiliates, contractors and their employees) from
and against any liability, damage, loss, claim, demand, complaint, suit,
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proceeding, action, audit, investigation, obligation, cost, judgment,
adjudication, arbitration decision, penalty (including fees and fines),
or expense (including court costs and attorneys' fees) relating to,
arising from or connected to this Agreement.
15.4
Term and Termination. This Agreement shall be effective from the
Effective Date until the earlier of (a) one year from the Effective Date and
(b) the withdrawal of the Generator’s Interconnection Request, unless
extended in writing by the Parties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, PSNH
may terminate this Agreement fifteen (15) days after providing written notice
to the Generator that it has breached any of its obligations hereunder, if such
breach has not been cured within such fifteen (15) day period.
15.5
Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of New Hampshire applicable to
contracts made and performed in such State and without regard to conflicts
of law doctrines.
15.6
Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable
for any reason, such provision shall be adjusted rather than voided, if
possible, to achieve the intent of the Parties. If no such adjustment is
possible, such provision shall be fully severable and severed, and all other
provisions of this Agreement will be deemed valid and enforceable to the
extent possible.
15.7
Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of
which shall be deemed an original, and all counterparts so executed shall
constitute one agreement binding on all of the Parties hereto,
notwithstanding that all of the Parties are not signatories to the same
counterpart. Facsimile counterparts may be delivered by any Party, with the
intention that they shall have the same effect as an original counterpart
hereof.
15.8
Amendment. No amendment, modification or waiver of any term hereof
shall be effective unless set forth in writing and signed by the Parties hereto.
15.9
Survival. The termination of this Agreement shall not relieve either Party of
its liabilities and obligations, owed or continuing at the time of termination.
15.10 Independent Contractor. PSNH shall at all times be deemed to be an
independent contractor of the Generator, and none of PSNH’s employees,
contractors or the employees of its contractors shall be deemed to be
employees of the Generator as a result of this Agreement.
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15.11 No Implied Waivers. No failure on the part of any Party to exercise or delay
in exercising any right hereunder shall be deemed a waiver thereof, nor shall
any single or partial exercise of any right hereunder preclude any further or
other exercise of such or any other right.
15.12 Successors and Assigns. Neither Party may assign this Agreement, by
operation of law or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the other
Party, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. In the event of an
assignment authorized hereunder, each and every term and condition hereof
shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Parties and their
respective successors and assigns.
15.13 Due Authorization. Each Party represents and warrants to the other that (a)
it has full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to perform
its obligations hereunder, (b) execution of this Agreement will not violate any
other agreement with a third party, and (c) the individual signing this
Agreement on its behalf has been properly authorized and empowered to
enter into this Agreement.
[Signature page follows. ]
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have caused this Agreement to be duly
executed by their duly authorized officers or agents on the day and year first above written.
[Insert name of the Generator]
___________________________________
Signed______________________________
Name (Printed):
___________________________________
Title_______________________________
[Insert name of PSNH]
___________________________________
Signed______________________________
Name (Printed):
___________________________________
Title_______________________________
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EXHIBIT A
The Study shall be based upon the information set forth in the Interconnection Agreement,
the results of the Feasibility Study (if performed), and the following assumptions:
1) Designation of Point of Interconnection and configuration to be studied:
2) Other assumptions (listed below) are to be provided by the Generator and PSNH.
3) Scope of Work:
4) Cost Estimate:
5) Estimated Completion Date:
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FACILITY STUDY AGREEMENT
Facility Study Agreement
This Facility Study Agreement (this “Agreement”), dated as of _______________ (the
“Effective Date ”) is entered into by and between Public Service of New Hampshire, a
New Hampshire corporation with a principal place of business at 780 North Commercial
St, Manchester, NH, 03101 (“PSNH”), and ____________________________________,
a
________________________with
a
principal
place
of
business
at
_______________________________, (“Generator”).
(PSNH and Generator are
collectively referred to as the “Parties ” and individually as a “Party ”).
RECITALS
WHEREAS, Generator is proposing to develop a Generating Facility or increase
the generating capacity of an existing Generating Facility consistent with the Interconnection
Request completed by Generator on_________________________;
WHEREAS, Generator desires to interconnect the Generating Facility with the
Distribution System;
WHEREAS, PSNH has completed a Distribution/Transmission System Impact
Study with respect to the proposed Interconnection of the Generating Facility and provided
the results of such study to Generator on _____________ (the “System Impact Study ”);
and [If both System Impact Studies are conducted, then this will be appropriately
modified and the defined term “System Impact Studies” will be used. ]
WHEREAS, Generator has requested PSNH to perform a Facility Study to specify
and estimate the cost of the equipment, engineering, procurement and construction work
required pursuant to the conclusions of the System Impact Study.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of and subject to the mutual covenants
contained herein the Parties agreed as follows:
1.0
Capitalized terms used herein but not defined herein shall have the meanings
ascribed to such terms in PSNH’s Guidelines for Generator Interconnection (the
“Guidelines ”).
2.0
PSNH shall conduct or cause to be conducted a Facility Study in accordance with
the Guidelines (the “Facility Study ”).
3.0
The scope of the Facility Study shall be based on the conclusions of the System
Impact Study and the data provided by Generator in Exhibit A to this Agreement
(the “Data ”). At the reasonable request of PSNH, the Generator shall promptly
provide additional data to PSNH.
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4.0
In conjunction with the execution of this Agreement, PSNH shall provide to the
Generator a written good faith estimate of the cost of the Facility Study (the “Cost
Estimate ”). Prior to commencement of the Facility Study, the Generator shall pay
50% of the Cost Estimate to PSNH (the “Deposit”). The Cost Estimate shall be
provided in Exhibit A to this Agreement.
5.0
Following receipt of the Deposit, PSNH shall open a work order (the “Work
Order”) to track PSNH expenses related to the Facility Study.
6.0
Following the conclusion of the Facility Study, PSNH shall prepare a report setting
forth the results of the Facility Study (the “Report”). The Report may include, but is
not limited to: (a) specification and estimation of the equipment, engineering,
procurement and construction work (including overheads) needed to implement the
conclusions of the System Impact Study; (b) identification of the electrical switching
configuration of the equipment (including, without limitation, transformer,
switchgear, meters, and other station equipment); and (c) estimation of the nature
and estimated cost of PSNH’s Interconnection Facilities and upgrades necessary to
accomplish the Interconnection (including, without limitation, an estimation of the
time required to complete the construction and installation of such facilities).
7.0
PSNH shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide the Report to the
Generator in accordance with the estimated completion date noted in Exhibit A to
this Agreement.
8.0
At any time prior to completion of the Study, PSNH may calculate the expenses that
have accrued on the Work Order and, to the extent that the accrued expenses exceed
the Deposit, PSNH may provide an invoice to the Generator. The Generator shall
pay the invoice to PSNH within thirty (30) Calendar Days of the invoice date
(without interest).
9.0
Within thirty (30) days of the completion of the Facility Study, PSNH shall calculate
the actual costs of the Facility Study (the “Actual Cost”), and PSNH shall provide
an invoice to the Generator.
10.0
In the event the Actual Cost exceeds the Deposit, the Generator shall pay the
difference to PSNH within thirty (30) Calendar Days of the invoice date (without
interest). In the event the Deposit exceeds the Actual Cost, PSNH shall pay the
excess to the Generator within thirty (30) Calendar Days of the invoice date (without
interest).
11.0
Miscellaneous.
11.1
Accuracy of Information. The Generator represents and warrants that, to
the best of its knowledge, the information it provides to PSNH in
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connection with this Agreement and the Facility Study (including without
limitation the Data and all information provided on Generator’s
Interconnection Request) shall be accurate and complete as of the date such
information is provided. The Generator shall promptly provide PSNH with
any additional information needed to update information previously
provided.
11.2
Disclaimer of Warranty. In performing the Facility Study, PSNH may rely
on information provided by the Generator and third parties, and may not
have control over the accuracy of such information. ACCORDINGLY,
PSNH HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHETHER ARISING BY OPERATION OF
LAW, COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR DEALING, CUSTOM,
USAGE IN THE TRADE OR PROFESSION, OR OTHERWISE,
INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE. Generator acknowledges that it has not relied on any
representations or warranties not specifically set forth herein and that no
such representations or warranties have formed the basis of its bargain
hereunder.
11.3
Force Majeure, Liability and Indemnification.
10.3.1 Force Majeure. If a Force Majeure Event prevents a Party from
fulfilling any obligations under this Agreement, such Party will
promptly notify the other Party in writing, and will keep the other
Party informed on a continuing basis of the scope and duration of
the Force Majeure Event. The affected Party shall specify in
reasonable detail the circumstances of the Force Majeure Event, its
expected duration, and the steps that the affected Party is taking to
mitigate the effects of the event on its performance. The affected
Party may suspend or modify its performance of obligations under
this Agreement, other than the obligation to make payments then due
or becoming due under this Agreement, but only to the extent that
the effect of the Force Majeure Event cannot be mitigated by the use
of commercially reasonable efforts. The affected Party shall use
commercially reasonable efforts to resume its performance as soon as
possible.
Without limiting this section, the Generator shall
immediately notify PSNH verbally if the failure to fulfill the
Generator's obligations under this Agreement may impact the safety
or reliability of PSNH EPS. For purposes of this Agreement, “Force
Majeure Event” means any event or circumstance that (a) is beyond
the reasonable control of the affected Party and (b) the affected Party
is unable to prevent or provide against by exercising commercially
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reasonable efforts. Force Majeure Events include the following
events or circumstances, but only to the extent they satisfy the
foregoing requirements: (i) acts of war or terrorism, public disorder,
insurrection, or rebellion; (ii) floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, lighting,
storms, and other natural calamities; (iii) explosions or fire; (iv)
strikes, work stoppages, or labor disputes; (v) embargoes; and (vi)
sabotage. In no event shall the lack of funds or the inability to obtain
funds constitute a Force Majeure Event.
11.3.2 Liability. Except with respect to a Party's fraud or willful
misconduct, and except with respect to damages sought by a third
party in connection with a third party claim: (a) neither Party shall be
liable to the other Party, for any damages other than direct damages;
and (b) each Party agrees that it is not entitled to recover and agrees
to waive any claim with respect to, and will not seek, consequential,
punitive or any other special damages as to any matter under, relating
to, arising from or connected to this Agreement.. Notwithstanding
the foregoing, nothing in this Section 10.3.2 shall be deemed to limit
Generator’s obligations under Section 10.3.3.
11.3.3 Indemnification. The Generator shall indemnify, defend and hold
harmless PSNH and its trustees, directors, officers, employees and
agents (including affiliates, contractors and their employees) from
and against any liability, damage, loss, claim, demand, complaint, suit,
proceeding, action, audit, investigation, obligation, cost, judgment,
adjudication, arbitration decision, penalty (including fees and fines),
or expense (including court costs and attorneys' fees) relating to,
arising from or connected to this Agreement.
11.4
Term and Termination. This Agreement shall be effective from the
Effective Date until the earlier of (a) one year from the Effective Date and
(b) the withdrawal of the Generator’s Interconnection Request, unless
extended in writing by the Parties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, PSNH
may terminate this Agreement fifteen (15) days after providing written notice
to the Generator that it has breached any of its obligations hereunder, if such
breach has not been cured within such fifteen (15) day period.
11.5
Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of New Hampshire applicable to
contracts made and performed in such State and without regard to conflicts
of law doctrines.
11.6
Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable
for any reason, such provision shall be adjusted rather than voided, if
possible, to achieve the intent of the Parties. If no such adjustment is
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possible, such provision shall be fully severable and severed, and all other
provisions of this Agreement will be deemed valid and enforceable to the
extent possible.
11.7
Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of
which shall be deemed an original, and all counterparts so executed shall
constitute one agreement binding on all of the Parties hereto,
notwithstanding that all of the Parties are not signatories to the same
counterpart. Facsimile counterparts may be delivered by any Party, with the
intention that they shall have the same effect as an original counterpart
hereof.
11.8
Amendment. No amendment, modification or waiver of any term hereof
shall be effective unless set forth in writing and signed by the Parties hereto.
11.9
Survival. The termination of this Agreement shall not relieve either Party of
its liabilities and obligations, owed or continuing at the time of termination.
11.10 Independent Contractor. EDC shall at all times be deemed to be an
independent contractor of the Generator, and none of PSNH’s employees,
contractors or the employees of its contractors shall be deemed to be
employees of the Generator as a result of this Agreement.
11.11 No Implied Waivers. No failure on the part of any Party to exercise or delay
in exercising any right hereunder shall be deemed a waiver thereof, nor shall
any single or partial exercise of any right hereunder preclude any further or
other exercise of such or any other right.
11.12 Successors and Assigns. Neither Party may assign this Agreement, by
operation of law or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the other
Party, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. In the event of an
assignment authorized hereunder, each and every term and condition hereof
shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Parties and their
respective successors and assigns.
11.13 Due Authorization. Each Party represents and warrants to the other that (a)
it has full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to perform
its obligations hereunder, (b) execution of this Agreement will not violate any
other agreement with a third party, and (c) the individual signing this
Agreement on its behalf has been properly authorized and empowered to
enter into this Agreement.
[Signature page follows. ]
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have caused this Agreement to be duly
executed by their duly authorized officers or agents on the day and year first above written.
[Insert name of the Generator]
___________________________________
Signed______________________________
Name (Printed):
___________________________________
Title_______________________________
[Insert name of PSNH]
___________________________________
Signed______________________________
Name (Printed):
___________________________________
Title_______________________________
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EXHIBIT A
The Facility Study shall be based upon the conclusions of the System Impact Study(ies) and
the following assumptions:
1) Designation of Point of Interconnection and configuration to be studied:
2) Other assumptions (listed below) are to be provided by the Generator and PSNH.
3) Scope of Work:
4) Cost Estimate:
5) Estimated Completion Date:
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GLOSSARY
ANSI: American National Standards Institute.
Affected Party or Parties: The entity that owns, operates or controls an Affected System,
or any other entity that otherwise may be a necessary party to the Interconnection process.
Affected System: Any electric system that is within PSNH service territory, including, but
not limited to generator owned electric facilities, or any other electric system that is not
within PSNH service territory that may be affected by the proposed Interconnection.
Applicable Laws and Regulations: All duly promulgated applicable federal, state and local
laws, regulations, rules, ordinances, codes, decrees, judgments, directives, or judicial or
administrative orders, permits and other duly authorized actions of any Governmental
Authority.
Applicable Reliability Standards: The requirements and guidelines of NERC, NPCC and
the New England Control Area, ISO, ISO-NE, including publicly available local reliability
requirements of Interconnecting EDC or other Affected Systems, and any successor
documents.
Application Review: A review by PSNH of the completed Interconnection Request Form
to determine if a Feasibility, Impact and Facility Studies are required.
Business Day: Monday through Friday, excluding Federal Holidays.
Calendar Day: Shall mean any day including Saturday, Sunday, Federal and State Holidays.
Commercial Operation Date: The date on which the Generator commences commercial
operation of the unit after the unit has been commissioned and likely to be associated with a
specific date that is identified in a purchase power agreement or the date that the power
transaction starts.
Communications Costs: Any costs associated with installing, testing, and maintaining the
communications infrastructure necessary to provide protection and/or monitoring for the
generating facility.
Contract Path: A specific contiguous electrical path from a point of receipt to a point of
delivery for which EPS rights have been contracted.
Distribution System: PSNH’s facilities and equipment used to transmit electricity to
ultimate usage points such as homes and industries. The voltage levels at which Distribution
Systems generally operate at 34.5 kV and less.
NHPUC: New Hampshire Public Utility Commission.
EDC: An electric distribution company, e.g. PSNH.
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EPS: The electric power system, consisting of all electrical wires, equipment, and other
facilities owned or provided by PSNH to provide distribution service to PSNH’s customers.
Facility Study: The study conducted by PSNH to determine the scope and costs of
required modifications and upgrades to the EPS and/or a Generating Facility necessary for
an Interconnection of such Generating Facility.
Fault: An equipment failure, short circuit, or other condition resulting from abnormally
high amounts of current from the power source.
Feasibility Study: A preliminary study to assess the feasibility of interconnecting the
Generating Facility to the EPS. The Feasibility Study is typically a joint effort between
PSNH System Planning & Strategy (phase 1 of the effort) and PSNH Protection & Control
Engineering (perform phase 2). Phase 1 is an initial identification of any thermal overload or
voltage limit violations resulting from the Interconnection. Phase 2 includes initial
identification of any circuit breaker or other facility short circuit capability limits exceeded as
a result of the Interconnection and an initial review of grounding requirements and electric
system protection. Both phases include a non-binding estimate of the cost (including a
description thereof) of facilities required to interconnect the proposed Generating Facility.
The Feasibility Study will also determine whether or not a Distribution Stability Study shall
be required as part of the System Impact Study. The Feasibility Study may also determine
whether or not a separate Transmission System Impact Study shall be required
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Generator: The owner and/or operator of a Generating Facility.
Generating Facility: The device used for the production of electricity identified in the
Interconnection Request, but shall not include the Generating Facility’s Interconnection
Facilities.
Guidelines: The “Guidelines for Generator Interconnection,” prepared by PSNH to
describe the protocols and procedures for interconnecting to the EPS.
IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Independent System Operator (ISO): An entity supervising the collective transmission
facilities of a power region; the ISO is charged with nondiscriminatory coordination of
market transactions, system-wide transmission planning, and bulk power network reliability.
Induction Generator: An induction generator is a rotating AC machine that operates
above synchronous speed over its range of power output. The faster it is driven above
synchronous speed by a prime mover, the more electrical power is generated. Excitation is
provided by the utility in the form of reactive power. The induction generator normally loses
its ability to produce voltage and power output when it is isolated from the utility since it
loses its source of excitation.
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In-Service Date: The date on which the Generating Facility and system modification (if
applicable) are complete and ready for service, even if the Generating Facility is not placed in
service on such date.
Intentional Islanding: Intentional Islanding occurs when the Generating Facility has been
isolated from the EPS by planned operation of disconnecting means consistent with the
Technical Requirements and the Generating Facility as a result is serving segregated load(s)
on the Generating Facility's side of the Point of Interconnection.
Interconnection: The physical connection of a Generating Facility to the EPS so that
parallel operation can occur.
Interconnection Agreement: A written agreement between a Generator and PSNH
setting forth the terms, conditions, obligations and rights with respect to an Interconnection.
An Interconnection Agreement is required to be signed by the Generator and PSNH before
parallel operation of the Generating Facility may commence. Note: the form of
Interconnection Agreement is attached to these Guidelines as Exhibit B.
Interconnection Facilities: Interconnection Facilities include all facilities and equipment
between the Generating Facility and the Point of Interconnection, including any
modification, additions or upgrades that are necessary to physically and electrically
interconnect the Generating Facility to the Distribution System. PSNH and the Generator
may each own Interconnection Facilities with respect to the Generating Facility.
Interconnection Request: A Generator’s request, in the form of Attachment I, to
interconnect a new Generating Facility to the EPS or increase the capacity or operating
characteristics an existing Generating Facility currently interconnected to the EPS.
Interconnection Service: The service provided by PSNH associated with interconnecting
the Generating Facility to the EPS and enabling the delivery of electric energy and capacity
from the Generating Facility at the Point of Interconnection, pursuant to the terms of the
Interconnection Agreement.
Inverter: A machine, device or system that changes direct-current power to alternatingcurrent power.
Islanding: A situation where electrical power remains in a portion of an EPS when the EPS
has ceased providing power for whatever reason (emergency conditions, maintenance, etc.)
to that portion of the EPS.
Isolation Device: A device used for isolating a circuit or equipment from a source of
power. Also referred to as a “Disconnect Switch”.
ISO-NE: The ISO, established in accordance with the NEPOOL Agreement and
applicable FERC approvals, that is responsible for managing the bulk power generation and
transmission systems in New England, or any successor organization approved by FERC.
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Material Modification: (i) Any modification to an Interconnection Request submitted by a
Generator that is reasonably expected to require significant additional study of the such
Interconnection Request, substantially change the Interconnection design and/or have a
material impact on the cost or timing of any studies or upgrades associated with any other
Interconnection Request with a later queue priority date; (ii) a change to the design or
operating characteristics of an existing Generating Facility that is interconnected with the
EPS which may have an adverse effect on the reliability of the EPS; or (iii) a significant delay
to the Commercial Operation Date or In-Service Date, the reason for which is unrelated to
construction schedules or permitting.
Metering Point: The point at which the billing meter is connected (for meters that do not
use instrument transformers). For meters that use instrument transformers, the point at
which the instrument transformers are connected.
NEC: National Electric Code
NEMA: National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
NERC: North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
NESC: National Electric Safety Code.
NEPOOL: New England Power Pool.
Net Metering: The process, in accordance with the applicable PSNH tariff, whereby the
metered electrical energy production by a Generating Facility is subtracted from the metered
electrical energy sales to the Generator at such Generating Facility.
Non-Islanding: Describes the ability of a Generating Facility to avoid unintentional
islanding through the operation of its Interconnection equipment.
NRTL: An accredited Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, which has been approved
to perform the certification testing required for Generating Facilities.
Operating Requirements: Any operating and technical requirements that may be required
by PSNH, including those set forth in the Interconnection Agreement (Exhibit B), or the
Applicable Reliability Standards.
Party: Each of PSNH and the Generator, collectively the “Parties.”
Point of Delivery: See Contract Path
Point of Interconnection: The point at which the Generating Facility’s local electric power
system connects to the EPS, such as the electric power revenue meter or premises service
transformer.
Point of Receipt: See Contract Path
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Scoping Meeting: A scoping meeting is to discuss the Interconnection Request, review any
existing studies relevant to the application, and discuss whether PSNH should perform a
Feasibility Study or proceed directly to an Impact Study, or a Facility Study, or an
Interconnection Agreement.
Switchgear: Components for switching, protecting, monitoring and controlling the EPS.
Synchronous Generator: A synchronous alternating-current machine which transforms
mechanical power into electric power. (A synchronous machine is one in which the average
speed of normal operation is exactly proportional to the frequency of the system to which it
is connected.)
System Impact Studies: The Transmission System Impact Study and the Distribution
System Impact Study. These are engineering studies that evaluate the impact of the
proposed Interconnection on the safety and reliability of the EPS. The study shall identify
and detail the system impacts that would result if the Generating Facility were
interconnected without project modifications or system modifications, focusing on the
adverse system impacts identified in the Interconnection Feasibility Study, or to study
potential impacts, including but not limited to those identified in the Scoping Meeting. The
Distribution System Impact Study shall incorporate any combination of the following: (a)
short circuit analyses; (b) stability analyses; (c) power flow analyses; (d) distribution load flow
studies; (e) analyses of equipment interrupting ratings; (f) voltage drop and flicker studies; (g)
protection coordination studies; (h) protection and set point coordination studies; and (i)
grounding reviews. This is typically performed by Protection & Control Engineering, who
will involve other departments as needed. The study results in an Interconnection Report
(the Report). The Report may also detail SCADA and metering requirements.
Tariffs: Rates and charges of PSNH for service as filed and approved by the NHPUC.
Technical Requirements: Technical requirements for the Interconnection, attached
hereto as Exhibit A.
Telemetry: The transmission of Generating Facility data using telecommunications
techniques.
Terms and Conditions: PSNH's terms and conditions for providing electric delivery
service as approved by the NHPUC.
Transfer Switch: A switch designed so that it will disconnect the load from one power
source and reconnect it to another source.
Transmission System: PSNH's facilities and equipment used to transmit electricity
generally at voltage levels greater than 69 kV.
Transmission System Impact Study: An engineering study that evaluates the impact of
the proposed Interconnection on the safety and reliability of the Transmission System
without project modifications or system modifications, focusing on the adverse system
impacts identified in the Feasibility Study and/or at the Scoping Meeting.
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