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The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) is the trade association for the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry, and is dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies. Fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies deliver clean, reliable power to leading edge corporate, academic and public sector users, and FCHEA members are helping to transform our energy future. FCHEA represents the full global supply chain, including universities, government laboratories and agencies, trade associations, fuel cell materials, components and systems manufacturers, hydrogen producers and fuel distributors, utilities and other end users.

Interconnection Standards

Interconnection Standards

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.