Key Reforms in the New Rule 21
- Introduction of a “Fast Track” process designed to build on Rule 21’s successful screening process for non-export and net‐energy‐metering customers, expanding Fast Track eligibility to exporting generating facilities up to certain size limits.
- Introduction of a national best practice for distributed generation penetration levels, under which combined interconnected generating capacity can be equal to 100 percent of minimum load on a distribution line section.
- Specific, transparent timeframes for each analysis track, ranging from simplified Fast Track review to the detailed Independent Study Process.
- New rules under which distributed generation developers obtain and retain queue position are set out, including publication of an integrated queue by each utility for exporting generating facility applicants at the distribution level.
- A “Pre‐Application Report” as a first look at the potential point of interconnection to assist developers with early identification of potential technical benefits or challenges of siting decisions.
- Introduction of new dispute resolution mechanisms designed to respond to developers’ needs, including a utility ombudsman authorized to address certain interconnection‐ related disputes, and expedited handling of timeline‐related disputes by the CPUC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.