The case has its origins in a 2015 petition to the Commission by the American Wind Energy Association, seeking a rulemaking to revise certain provisions of the Commission's pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures (“GIP”) and pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (“GIA”).
AWEA is a national trade association representing a broad range of entities with a common interest in encouraging the expansion and facilitation of wind energy resources in the United States. Its members include wind energy facility developers, owners and operators, construction contractors, turbine manufacturers, component suppliers, financiers, researchers, utilities, marketers, customers, and their advocates.
In that petition, the trade group argued:
the time is ripe for the Commission to make certain regulatory and policy changes to interconnection procedures in order to remedy unduly discriminatory and unreasonable barriers to generator market access that inhibit the development of electric generation to meet the growing needs of electricity customers, and to facilitate the current dramatic transformation of the electric generation system (driven, in part, by Federal and State policies) in a timely, reliable and cost-effective manner.AWEA's petition called for a variety of reforms to the interconnection procedures and agreement, particularly aimed at improving "(a) certainty in the study/restudy process; (b) transparency in the interconnection process; (c) certainty of network upgrade costs; and (d) accountability in the interconnection process." After many comments were submitted on the rulemaking petition, AWEA asked the Commission to hold a technical conference as a forum for "open discussion" among interested parties.
The Commission has now issued notice of a technical conference to be held on May 13. According to the notice:
The purpose of this conference is to discuss select issues related to a petition for rulemaking submitted by the American Wind Energy Association (Docket No. RM15-21-000). In addition, the conference will explore other generator interconnection issues, including interconnection of energy storage.The notice also states that discussions at the conference may involve issues raised in other proceedings pending before the Commission, including without limitation 8 sets of specifically listed cases:
- E.ON Climate & Renewables North America LLC, Pioneer Trail Wind Farm, LLC, Settlers Trail Wind Farm, LLC v. Northern Indiana Public Service Company, Docket No. EL14-66-002;
- Entergy Arkansas, Inc., Docket No. ER14-671-000;
- Internal MISO Generators v. Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., Docket No. EL15-99-000;
- Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., Docket No. ER16-675-000;
- California Independent System Operator Corporation, Docket No. ER16-693-000;
- ISO New England, Inc., Docket No. ER16-946-000;
- Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., Docket No. ER16-1120-000; and
The conference will be held on May 13 at Commission headquarters in Washington, DC.
- Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., Docket No. ER16-1211-000.