Section 3 – Definitions

  • "Applicant" means any person, corporation, partnership, government agency, or other entity applying to interconnect a generating facility to the Utility’s electric system pursuant to this Section. Upon final approval, interconnection and operation of a facility, the applicant becomes the Interconnection Customer, unless otherwise approved by the Utility.
  • "Application" means the written notice, on a form prescribed by the Utility, provided by the applicant to the Utility that initiates the interconnection process.
  • “Automatic sectionalizing device” means equipment which operates to change the topology of the electrical system (usually in response to abnormal conditions) without operator intervention. Generally, this does not include fused cutouts on lateral taps serving a few customers.
  • “Business day” means Monday through Friday excluding official federal and Washington state holidays.
  • "Certificate of completion" means the form prescribed by the Utility and completed by the applicant or Interconnection Customer. The certificate of completion will include certification by the electrical inspector having jurisdiction over the installation of the facilities indicating completion of installation and inspection of the interconnection.
  • "Electric system" means all electrical wires, equipment, and other facilities owned or provided by the Utility that are used to distribute electricity to customers.
  • "Generating facility" means the source of electricity and all ancillary and interconnection facilities, located on the applicant’s or Interconnection Customer’s side of the point of common coupling which an applicant requests to interconnect, or an Interconnection Customer interconnects to the Utility’s electric system.
  • "Initial operation" means the first time the generating facility is in parallel operation with the Utility’s electric system.
  • "In-service date" means the date on which the generating facility and any related facilities are complete and ready for service, even if the generating facility is not placed in service on or by that date.
  • "Interconnection" means the physical connection of a generating facility to the electric system so that parallel operation may occur.
  • “Interconnection Agreement” means an agreement between the Utility and the interconnection customer which outlines the interconnection requirements, costs and billing agreements, and on-going inspection, maintenance and operational requirements. An executed interconnection agreement is required before the generating facility may generate electricity into and operate in parallel with the Utility’s electric system. Contents of an interconnection agreement may vary based upon the tier under which the generating facility applies and is qualified for interconnection. In the case where the Interconnection Agreement does not constitute an agreement with the Utility to purchase or deliver output from the Generating Facility, the Interconnection Customer is responsible for separately making all necessary agreements for the purchase, sale, or transport of electricity from the Utility.
  • “Interconnection Customer” means the person, corporation, partnership, government agency, or other entity that has executed an Interconnection Agreement with the Utility and:
    1. That owns a generating facility interconnected to the Utility’s electric system.
    2. For net-metered facilities, is a customer-generator as defined in RCW 80.60.010(2).
    3. That is otherwise allowed by law. The interconnection customer is responsible for the generating facility and may assign to another party responsibility for compliance with the requirements of this rule only with the express written permission of the Utility.
  • "Interconnection facilities" means the electrical wires, switches and other equipment used to interconnect a generating facility to the Utility’s electric system.
  • "Net metering" has the same meaning as RCW 80.60.010(9)
  • “Nameplate rating” means the manufacturer’s output rating of the generating facility. For a system which uses an inverter to change DC energy supplied to an AC quantity, the nameplate rating will be the DC rating of the storage system or energy conversion apparatus (e.g. photovoltaic panels).
  • "Parallel operation" or "operate in parallel" means the synchronous operation of a generating facility while interconnected with the Utility’s electric system.
  • "Point of common coupling" or "PCC" means the point where the generating facility's local electric power system connects to the Utility’s electric system, such as the electric power revenue meter or at the location of the equipment designated to interrupt, separate or disconnect the connection between the generating facility and Utility.
  • “Utility” means Skamania County PUD, which owns and operates the electrical distribution system, or the electrical distribution system itself, onto which the applicant seeks to interconnect a generating facility, and with which an Interconnection Customer has an Interconnection Agreement.