FCHEA advocates for simple standards and processes for fuel cell systems to interconnect with the utility grid, on both a distribution and transmission level. Interconnection standards determine the contractual requirements and process for fuel cell systems to connect to the electric grid, including systems that are connecting in order to net meter.
On the distribution level, where regular consumers and businesses connect to the electric grid, a state’s public utility commission typically has jurisdiction over standards for interconnection. However, on the macro transmission level, in which a fuel cell system connects to the larger utility grid directly, perhaps as a substation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the regulatory body that adopts standards.
On all levels of interconnection, FCHEA supports standards that do not unduly restrict development of fuel cell systems, while maintaining the highest levels of safety.