February, 2005 Page 2
This interconnection requirements document was originally issued by the State of Minnesota toserve as an interconnections requirements guide for all Minnesota electrical utilities. ConnexusEnergy has adopted the State’s published requirements, and has revised the State’s document tobe used by Connexus Energy for all applicable generation utility interconnections. Electric distribution system connected generation units span a wide range of sizes and electricalcharacteristics. Electrical distribution system design varies widely from that required to serve therural customer to that needed to serve the large commercial customer. With so many variationspossible, it becomes complex and difficult to create one interconnection standard that fits allgeneration interconnection situations. In establishing a generation interconnection standard there are three main issues that must beaddressed; Safety, Economics and Reliability. 1. SafetyThis standard establishes the technical requirements that must be met to ensure the safety of thegeneral public and of the employees working with Connexus Energy. Proper design of theinterconnection system for the safety of the general public will also provide protection for theinterconnected equipment. 2. EconomicsThe interconnection design must be affordable to build. The interconnection standard must bedeveloped such that only those items that are necessary to meet safety and reliability areincluded in the requirements. This standard sets the benchmark for the minimum requiredequipment. If it is not needed, it will not be required. 3. ReliabilityThe generation system must be designed and interconnected such that the reliability and theservice quality for all customers of the electrical power systems are not compromised. Thisapplies to all electrical systems, not just Connexus Energy’s system. Many generation interconnection standards exist or are in draft form. The IEEE, FERC and manystates have been working on generation interconnection standards. There are other standardssuch as the National Electrical Code (NEC) that establish requirements for electrical installations.The NEC requirements are in addition to this standard. This standard is designed to documentthe requirements where the NEC has left the establishment of the standard to “the authorityhaving jurisdiction” or to cover issues which are not covered in other national standards.
This standard covers installations with an aggregated capacity up to 10MWs.