The recent surge in renewable energy development has underscored the difficulties faced by electric transmission providers in providing grid access to a growing number of electric power developers. In many regions of the nation, interconnection queues are severely backlogged, with hundreds of projects awaiting grid connection-many of which are necessary to satisfy state renewable energy mandates. This Note examines the problem of generator interconnection and the underlying causes of the current interconnection queue backlogs. The Note criticizes the current interconnection policies promulgated under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order No. 2003, evaluates recent regional efforts toward reforming these policies, and suggests additional measures that would increase the efficiency of the generator interconnection process.
Stephen M. Fisher,
Reforming Interconnection Queue Management Under FERC Order No. 2003,
Yale J. on Reg.
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