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O. Reg. 326/09: MANDATORY INFORMATION RE CONNECTIONS

under Electricity Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c. 15, Sched. A

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current September 9, 2009 (e-Laws currency date)

Electricity Act, 1998
Loi de 1998 sur l'électricité

ONTARIO REGULATION 326/09

MANDATORY INFORMATION RE CONNECTIONS

Consolidation Period: From September 9, 2009 to the e-Laws currency date.

No amendments.

This Regulation is made in English only.

Definitions

1. In this Regulation,

“connection” has the same meaning as in section 1.2 of the Board’s Distribution System Code;

“connection assessment process” means the procedures and the timing associated with each step of the connection process provided for in section 6.2 of the Board’s Distribution System Code;

“connection impact assessment” means a connection impact assessment referred to in section 6.2.12 or 6.2.13 of the Board’s Distribution System Code. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 1.

Connection requirements, distribution systems

2. (1) For the purposes of this Regulation, where a generator is seeking to connect a renewable energy generation facility to a distributor’s distribution system, the distributor shall,

(a) provide the applicable assessment of the renewable energy generation facility’s connection application provided for in section 6.2 of the Board’s Distribution System Code and shall do so within the time provided in the Code;

(b) provide the assessment required under clause (a) to the generator within 120 days after the date when the distributor commences the assessment provided for in clause (a), where the applicable connection impact assessment requires the distributor to apply to their host distributor for a connection impact assessment; and

(c) on behalf of the generator, apply for a connection assessment to the IESO under section 6.1.6 of chapter 4 of the market rules, if the renewable energy generation facility has a name-plate capacity of 10 megawatts or greater. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 2 (1).

(2) Where a distributor makes an application to the IESO under clause (1) (c), the IESO shall provide the distributor with an assessment of the impact or potential impact of the connection on the integrated power system within 150 days after the day the IESO receives the application. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 2 (2).

(3) An application for connection assessment is complete when it contains information sufficient to allow a distributor to carry out its connection assessment activities. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 2 (3).

(4) A distributor shall meet the time requirements for the connection assessment process that are applicable to the generation facility, given its name-plate capacity, when a generator is seeking to connect a renewable energy generation facility to the distributor’s distribution system. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 2 (4).

Connection requirements, transmission systems

3. (1) For the purposes of this Regulation, where a generator is seeking to connect a renewable energy generation facility to a transmitter’s transmission system, the IESO shall provide, within 150 days after receipt of a complete application for connection assessment,

(a) the system impact assessment provided for in section 6.1.6 of chapter 4 of the market rules; and

(b) the customer impact assessment provided for in section 6.4 of the Board’s Transmission System Code. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 3 (1).

(2) An application for connection assessment is complete when it contains information sufficient to allow both the IESO and the transmitter to carry out their connection assessment activities. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 3 (2).

Reporting, distributors

4. (1) For the purposes of subsection 25.37 (3) of the Act, the information that the distributor files with the Board shall include,

(a) the number of connection impact assessments for renewable energy generation facilities with a name-plate capacity of greater than 10 kilowatts and of offers to connect renewable energy generation facilities with a name-plate capacity of 10 kilowatts or less completed or made within the previous quarter; and

(b) the number of instances where the assessments have not been provided within the time provided for in subsection 2 (1), for each of the connection impact assessments referred to in clause (a) that have been completed by the distributor. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 4 (1).

(2) For the purposes of subsection 25.37 (3) of the Act, a distributor shall provide information, to be updated on at least a quarterly basis, to the public regarding the capacity of the distributor’s distribution system to accommodate generation from renewable energy generation facilities, including,

(a) voltage level;

(b) maximum and minimum load;

(c) fault level;

(d) available capacity to connect generation; and

(e) the information required by the Board’s Distribution System Code. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 4 (2).

(3) The distributor shall provide the information referred to in subsection (2),

(a) in respect of each of the distribution system’s feeder lines that are directly connected to a transformer station that is itself directly connected to a transmission system; and

(b) in respect of each of the distribution system’s feeder lines that are not directly connected to a transformer station that is itself directly connected to a transmission system for which an application has been received from a generator in respect of a renewable energy generation facility with a name-plate capacity of greater than 10 kilowatts. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 4 (3).

(4) A distributor shall provide information to the public, and update it at least on a quarterly basis, regarding a listing of current applications for the connection of renewable generation facilities by application date and including the proposed name-plate capacity associated with each renewable energy generation facility in respect of each application. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 4 (4).

(5) The distributor shall provide the information referred to in subsection (4) to the public in respect of each feeder line within the distributor’s distribution system for which an application has been received from a generator in respect of a renewable energy generation facility with a name-plate capacity of greater than 10 kilowatts. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 4 (5).

(6) A distributor shall provide, as soon as is practicable and no later than five days after receipt of a complete application for connection, written notice to all distributors and transmitters whose distribution or transmission systems are impacted by an application to connect to a distributor’s distribution system. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 4 (6).

Reporting, IESO

5. For the purposes of subsection 25.37 (3) of the Act, the information that the IESO files with the Board shall include,

(a) the number of assessments completed within the quarter; and

(b) for each completed assessment, the time between the receipt by the IESO of a completed application for connection and the date that the assessment is issued. O. Reg. 326/09, s. 5.

6. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Regulation). O. Reg. 326/09, s. 6.