Distributed Generation

Distributed generation (DG) has the potential to bring substantial benefits to electric cooperatives and their consumers. In NRECA’s view, regulatory requirements to interconnect distributed generation should not risk degrading electric reliability or safety, or unfairly shift costs to consumers that do not stand to benefit from the addition of these resources.


NRECA Energy Policy Department
Jay Morrison, Vice-President for Regulatory Affairs

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC)
William Edwards, Director of Regulatory Affairs

Cooperative Research Network
Andrew Cotter, Program Manager, Cooperative Research Network

NRECA T&D Engineering Committee
Robert Harris, Principal, T&D Engineering

Issue Papers and Documents:
DG Toolkit

NRECA created this DG toolkit to help electric co-ops address the legal, economic and technical issues raised by consumer-owned generation. These materials provide models and guidance that each co-op can adapt to its unique needs after consultation with management, legal counsel and system engineers. We suggest beginning with the “Business and Contract Guide for Interconnection” that will guide you through the process and provide you descriptions for each of the documents. With this toolkit, each co-op should be able to draft the rules, policies, tariffs, contract documents and retail rates required to respond to member requests for interconnection.

Consumers interested in distributed generation should contact their own cooperative for more information.