Date: Oct 13, 2022
EPSA strongly supports the Commission’s effort to reform the interconnection process and offers several recommendations for clarifications or modifications that will ensure the resulting process is fair, just and reasonable, and not unduly discriminatory to any class of interconnection customers or project developers. Fundamentally, it is critical that the interconnection process does not favor or lean into incumbent or vertically integrated utility planning parameters that are not applicable, available, or equitable for independent projects. Competitive mechanisms not only discipline prices but also solicit innovative solutions and support the entry of new market participants. The interconnection process must facilitate the deployment and deliverability of all commercially viable projects to meet the vast challenges involved with decarbonizing our economy. The nation needs every viable, affordable tool in the box to deliver reliable, clean power while – most critically – maintaining the reliability and resilience of the system.