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Small Generator Interconnection Procedures

​This page provides information on submitting a Small Generator Interconnection Request. The Small Generator Interconnection Business Practice describes the complete process.

A Small Generator is a generator, or an aggregation of generators, whose single or combined generating capacity is greater than 0.2 MW and equal to or less than 20 MW.
The interconnection of Small Generating Facilities to the Federal Columbia River Transmission System (FCRTS) is governed by Attachment N to BPA's Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT). Please also refer to the chapter entitled "Data Requirements for System Operation and Scheduling" of the Technical Requirements for Interconnection.
Should a Small Generator wish to interconnect under Network Resource Interconnection Service, any such request will be studied under the Large Generator Interconnection Procedures.
The SGIP provides the procedural framework for moving from a submitted Request to a completed interconnection for generators 20 MW or less (nameplate). BPA's Small Generator Interconnection Business Practice provides greater practical detail and should be consulted for specific questions. For any other questions, please contact the appropriate Transmission Account Executive, or the SGIP Administrator.
Submitting an SGIP Interconnection Request
An SGIP Interconnection Request begins with the submittal of an Interconnection Request in the appropriate form, Attachment 2 to the SGIP. An initial deposit of $2,500 is required; please see the BPA Payment and Remittance Instructions.
The request must be accompanied by a demonstration of Site Control.
Signed Interconnection Requests may be scanned and submitted as email attachments to; the originals must arrive within 5 business days. Please cc your Transmission Account Executive and the SGIP Administrator on email submittals.
You may also submit Requests by Fax or by overnight delivery service; please see the Business Practice for details.
The time a request is received establishes its position and its priority within the Interconnection Queue. The Small Generator Interconnection Business Practice contains the complete process.
Once the Request has been reviewed for completeness and validity, a Business Practice Scoping Meeting will be scheduled. This begins the process of studying the feasibility and scope of the interconnection. Please read the comments here to ensure that the requesting entity's name is properly recorded and that any information BPA requires for registering a new entity is provided.