Procedure to Interconnect Small Generation with the Mon Power Distribution System

Prior to completing the application process, a customer interested in interconnecting small generation with the Mon Power distribution system must first determine the size and type of equipment to install. 

NOTE: To be eligible for net metering, for a residential customer, the nameplate generation capacity limit is 25 kW, for commercial customers, the limit is 500 kW and for industrial customers the limit is 2000 kW.

The energy source must qualify under the West Virginia Public Service Commission’s (“PSC”) Rules Governing Electric Utility Net Metering Arrangements and Interconnections at Title 150 Legislative Rule Public Service Commission Series 33. See the Commission’s website at: http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/readfile.aspx?DocId=18382&Format=PDF (Rules begin on Page 12).

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Per tariff, the customer shall maintain general liability insurance providing the following coverage (based on generation size):

  • up to 50KW ($100,000)
  • greater than 50KW and up to 500KW ($500,000)
  • greater than 500KW ($1,000,000)

See the Mon Power Net Energy Metering Rider for additional information.

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:

B. 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. 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. 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).
  • 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 (next to utility meter preferred). Note:  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 (To be submitted with application and supporting documents)

  • Level 1 (25 kW or less) - $30.00
  • Level 2 (Greater than 25 kW) - $50.00 + $1.00 per kW

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2. Company review

After review by the Company, the customer will be notified if the application is approved or if there are any deficiencies, additional information required or financial requirements to be met. The customer must correct any deficiencies before the Company will approve the application and the facility for installation.

Design Request Assignment to Distribution Specialist

  • If upgrades are required to the Company’s distribution system in order to approve the application, a Design Request Number will be assigned to the project.
  • The Work Request is then assigned to a Distribution Specialist at a local Mon Power Service Center.
  • The Distribution Specialist will contact the customer to plan the generation interconnection and develop the estimated costs for the system upgrades.

3. Installation

Following approval of the application, the Customer installs the facility in accordance with the Application, PSC rules and the Company's Requirements for Interconnection of Customer-Owned Generation to the FirstEnergy Distribution System.

4. Following installation, the Customer submits final completed documents:

The customer must complete and forward the final documents to the Company for a signature. The final documents consist of 1) the Certificate of Completion Appendix D, including evidence of an electrical inspection (*) and 2) either one of the following:

* The customer must submit evidence of electrical inspection by an authorized inspection agency:

The customer is responsible for contacting their local, city, or county code office for additional permit information and contracting the electrical inspector to schedule an inspection. Upon completion of a satisfactory inspection, the electrical inspector may forward the Certificate of Electrical Approval via the same method as Step 1 above or may sign the Certificate of Completion where designated.

For a list of electrical inspectors, please contact your municipal or county authority.

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5. Final steps by Company

  • 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
  • Complete documentation and authorize system operation
    • Note: Generation interconnection should not be energized prior to electrical inspection and receipt of Certificate of Completion signed by authorized Company personnel
  • Arrange for the installation of net energy metering, where appropriate

Additional Technical Requirements and References

Submit Completed Documents or Fees

  • Email
  • Fax: 234-678-2503 (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:
    Mon Power
    5001 NASA Boulevard
    Fairmont, WV  26554
    Attn: Regional Engineering- Interconnection

Questions

  • Technical and policy questions regarding interconnection issues should be directed via email
  • General metering and billing questions should be directed to Customer Service at 1-800-686-0022.