Procedure to Interconnect Small Generation with the FirstEnergy Distribution System

Prior to completing the application process, a customer interested in interconnecting small generation with the FirstEnergy distribution system must first determine the size and type of equipment which best suits the customer's requirements in accordance with NJ Administrative Code and the Company's Tariff. A copy of the Company's Interconnection Tariff rate schedule is available on the JCP&L Tariff Page.

The interconnection process, as defined at N.J.A.C § 14:8-5, consists of 3 main levels that govern requirements for interconnection. These levels are based on the type and capacity of your generator. Level 1 applies to inverter based facilities limited to 10 kW which are Underwriter Laboratories ("UL") Standard 1741 certified. Level 2 applies to facilities limited to 2,000 kW which are Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers ("IEEE") 1547 certified. Level 3 applies to facilities which do not qualify for either the Level 1 or Level 2 interconnection review procedures.   For details see the New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 14. Public Utilities, Chapter 8. Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency, Subchapter 5. Interconnection Of Class I Renewable Energy Systems, located at: http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/njcode/

Net metering is available to residential and small commercial customers as defined at N.J.A.C. 14:8-4, that generate electricity, on the customer's side of the meter, using class I renewable energy sources, provided that the generating capacity of the customer-generator's facility is not designed to produce more energy than the customer uses over an annualized period.   For details, New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 14. Public Utilities, Chapter 8. Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency, Subchapter 4. Net Metering For Class I Renewable Energy Systems, located at: http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/njcode/

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Application Process


1. Customer submits application and supporting documents:

A. Submit one of the following completed applications based on the total of the nameplate rating(s) of the inverter(s) or other generation:

Note: Name on application must match JCP&L account holder.

B. Submit One-Line Diagram (PV ExampleTurbine Example)

The one-line diagram must include:

  • Energy source (PV array, wind turbine, etc.). Please indicate DC or AC rating.
  • Inverter, if applicable. Please indicate AC rating.
  • Utility-accessible, visible break disconnect, where required. Note: Molded case circuit breakers do not meet this requirement.
  • Connection to Customer’s electrical system.
  • Connection to utility meter. General location of generation and associated electrical equipment.

C. Submit Site Plan (Site Plan Example)

 Please do not send overhead internet photos. The site plan must include:

  • Overall property layout and street access including cardinal orientation and nearest cross street (Indicate direction of nearest cross street if impractical to show on drawing).
  • Ground mounted installations must show clearances and details of surrounding structures especially how they cross JCP&L facilities.
  • The existing utility meter location. Note: Any proposed changes to the meter location or service must be identified and have prior approval by the Company's Metering & Line Departments.
  • Utility-accessible, visible break disconnect where required (next to utility meter preferred).

Notes: 

1) In the event the disconnect cannot be reasonably located next to the meter, the location of National Electrical Code-required signage, including adequate description of location and access 

2) Molded case circuit breakers do not meet this requirement.

  • General location of generation and associated electrical equipment.
  • Service transformer, if known.

D. Application Fee

  • Level 1 - No Fee
  • Level 2 - $50 plus $1/kW of the system’s nameplate capacity
  • Level 3 - $100 plus $2/kW of the system’s nameplate capacity 

Submit completed documents.  Listed in order of preferred method.

  • Email:  JC_Interconnection@firstenergycorp.com
  • Fax: 330-315-8651 (Please use highest resolution setting on fax machine)
  • Applications with large attachments that cannot be emailed and any required application fees should be sent to:

Jersey Central Power & Light
300 Madison Ave
PO Box 1911
Morristown, NJ 07962-1911
Attn: Interconnection Coordinator - Engineering Department

Interconnection voice mailbox: 973-401-8830

 

2. Company Review

After review by the Company, Customers will be notified if the Application is approved or if there are any deficiencies in the Application. Customers must correct any deficiencies before the Company will approve the facility for installation.

 

3. Following approval of the Application, the customer installs the generation equipment in accordance with the approved Application.

 

4. Following facility installation, the customer submits final documents

Submit completed Part 2 documents

  • Level 1 – NJ Level 1- Interconnection Application- Agreement (doc) including Certificate of Completion (=<10kW Inverter based, UL Standard 1741 certified) OR
  • Level 2 – JCPL Level 2 and 3 Interconnection Agreement 042712 (doc)* including Certificate of Completion (=<2,000kW Inverter based UL Standard 1741 certified) OR
  • Level 3 – JCPL Level 2 and 3 Interconnection Agreement 042712 (doc)* including Certificate of Completion (Facilities which do not qualify for either the Level 1 or Level 2)
  • Note: For a Level 2 or 3 facility, the customer may submit the Agreement, without Certification of Completion, during or prior to the construction phase of the project
  • Submit Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Certificate in evidence of Electrical Inspection by authorized inspection agency
  • Submit completed documents via same method as Step 1 above

* This Agreement will be superseded by the State Standard Agreement upon its adoption.

 

5. Final Steps by Company

The Company will:

  • Review and approve the as-built installation and final documentation
  • Determine the need for a witness test as provided for in the regulations and notify customer
  • Finalize documentation and authorize system operation
  • Arrange for the installation of net energy metering, where appropriate

 

Questions

  • The preferred method of contact for questions regarding the status of applications is an email to JC_Interconnection@firstenergycorp.com 
  • If you are experiencing difficulty with the email system, you may leave a message on the Interconnection Voicemail Inbox - 973-401-8830.
  • General metering and billing questions should be directed to Customer Service at 1-800-545-7741.
  • Technical and policy questions regarding interconnection issues should be directed to JC_Interconnection@firstenergycorp.com or the Interconnection voice mailbox at 973-401-8830.

 

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