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202.10 Standard Interconnected Qualifying Facility (General Service Classification)

A.  Availability

Available within all territory served by the Cooperative.

 

B.  Applicability

1.  Applicable for the purchase of power, energy, or both by the Cooperative from a facility with maximum generating capacity of 250 kW or less, but greater than 25 kW, qualifying as a “small power production facility” or as a “cogeneration facility” as defined in Paragraph 292.203 (a) and (b), respectively, or Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 2.000, of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s Exhibit A, of Decision Number C82-1438, and subject to the Cooperative’s Rules and Regulations of this service classification.

2.  Use of this service classification must be accompanied by service under an applicable retail rate classification for supply of electric service to the facility's auxiliary and other loads.

3.  Prior to receiving service under this schedule, the qualifying facility owner (QFO) will also furnish to the Cooperative all data required by the Cooperative in its implementation of Decision Number C82-1438, Exhibit A of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s and the Cooperative’s Rules and Regulations of this service classification.

4.  The QFO shall execute the Cooperative's required interconnection agreement and a power purchase contract.

 

C.  Type of Service Available

Electric Service is available to QFs under this service classification at 60 Hz single-phase or three-phase (where available) and at available secondary voltages, and subject to the Cooperative’s Rules and Regulations of this service classification.

 

D.  Wholesale Supplier Member Distributed Generation Policy

1.  The Cooperative is a member of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Cooperative, Inc. ("Tri-State"). The Cooperative purchases energy from Tri-State. Tri-State employs a policy for Member Distributed Generation which specifies the rates, terms and conditions of service pertaining to the option of using generation resources owned or controlled by members of the Cooperative to serve a portion of the Cooperative's load.

2.  Tri-State compensates the Cooperative for such Distributed Generation pursuant to this policy.

 

E.  Payment for the Qualifying Facility Production

1.  Where the customer is a qualifying facility as defined in the Cooperative’s Rules and Regulations, and where the customer has met all requirements for interconnection included in the Cooperative’s Rules and Regulations, the Cooperative offers to purchase all power, energy or both made available to the Cooperative at 100% of the applicable effective Tri-State Bill Crediting Option Price for the resource pursuant to Tri-State Member Distributed Generation Policy No. 115 and, if applicable, at 100% of the amount pursuant to Tri-State Member Local Renewable Project Policy No. 117.

2.  The rate is equivalent to the Distributed Generation Policy of TriState on a prospective basis in order to maintain consistent pricing models at the wholesale and retail levels for distributed generation Facilities.

 

F.  Interconnection Costs

Interconnection costs shall be paid to the Cooperative prior to initiation of service under this schedule unless agreed otherwise by the Cooperative and the QF by the separate Electric Service Agreement required for service under this schedule.  Interconnection costs shall include the Capacity Charge specified in tariff section 308 for all new interconnections including those for either generation or services.

 

G.  Monthly Demand Charges Paid to the Cooperative

The Cooperative shall bill the QF owner for monthly demand charges for a Qualifying Facility generator interconnection, which shall be based on the maximum kilowatt (kW) demand measured for power flow in either direction for any period of fifteen (15) consecutive minutes during the month for which the bill is rendered. The monthly rate for demand charge shall be the current monthly demand rate charge as defined for Large Power service.

 

H.  Metering and Meter Readings

1.  Metering for qualifying single-phase Facilities payment shall be on the basis of suitable energy (kWh) meters installed, operated, owned and maintained by the Cooperative in accordance with the Cooperative’s Rules and Regulations and read by the Cooperative on a monthly basis. Monthly service charge for processing single-phase meter data is $14.50.

2.  Augmented metering for qualifying three-phase Facilities shall be installed, operated, owned and maintained by the Cooperative in accordance with the Cooperative’s Rules and Regulations and read and processed monthly by the Cooperative for purposes of determining the associated demand payments. Monthly service charge for each three-phase qualifying facility is $110.00.

 

I.  Terms of Payment by the Cooperative to the Qualifying Facility Owner

The Cooperative shall make payments to the single-phase qualifying facility owner on a like term with the meter reading schedule applicable to the retail sales service classification referenced in the retail rate classification for supply of electric service to the facility's auxiliary and other loads. For three-phase Facilities, payments shall be made within thirty (30) days after the Cooperative receives the load data of the appropriate wholesale delivery point serving the qualifying facility. No payments shall be made if the qualifying facility owner is delinquent in payments for other electric service provided or if meter seals are broken. All Contracts under this schedule shall be on a like term with the Electric Service Agreement required by the Cooperative’s Rules and Regulations and consistent with the requirements of the contractual arrangements between the Cooperative and its wholesale supplier Tri-State as applicable.

 

J.  Rules and Regulations

Electric service supplied and power, energy, or both purchased by the Cooperative under this schedule shall be subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Cooperative’s Rules and Regulations.

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