The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc) has issued a proposed rule focused on expediting the current process for connecting new electricity generation facilities to the grid.
The notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) aims to address significant current backlogs in the interconnection queues by improving interconnection procedures, providing greater certainty and preventing undue discrimination against new generation.
Ferc said that at the end of 2021, there were more than 1400GW of generation and storage waiting in interconnection queues throughout the country.
Projects now face an average timeline of more than three years to get connected to the grid, it said.
The NOPR proposes reforms to ensure that interconnection customers can access the grid in a reliable, efficient, transparent and timely manner, Ferc added.
Ferc chairman Rich Glick said: “Today’s unanimous action addresses the urgent need to update, expedite and streamline our processes to interconnect new resources to the grid.
“We are witnessing unprecedent demand for new resources seeking to interconnect to the transmission grid, and queue delays are hindering customers’ access to new, low-cost generation.”
The proposed rule includes several key areas of reforms.