As mentioned in the order, TECO submitted its application for approval of a standard interconnection agreement for customer-owned interconnected battery subsystems last December. Although TECO`s petition is designed as a petition for a single interconnection agreement, it aims to approve two new interconnection agreements: one for customers who own a property to which the battery subsystems are connected (called an owner agreement), and the other for customers who rent properties where battery subsystems are located (called a tenant agreement). The Florida Public Service Commission recently approved the Tampa Electric Company`s (TECO) application for approval of standard interconnection agreements for customer-owned interconnected battery subsystems in a notice of proposed agency action order. The 7. In July 2010, the Florida PSC issued an order approving changes to Tampa Electric Company`s (TECO) standard interswitching agreements for parallel generators and non-exported renewable generators. The Commission added that as long as the customer`s connection complies with the provisions of the ownership agreement, the utility does not expect a negative impact on its electricity grid. These provisions include the obligation for the customer to have the battery subsystem tested and approved by the competent authority and to provide the public service with proof of such inspection and approval; require the customer to maintain the specified amount of general liability insurance for bodily injury and property damage; and require the customer to install a circuit breaker so that the utility can completely disconnect the battery subsystem from the utility system if necessary for safety reasons. Recently approved revisions to TECO tariffs will clarify the indemnification portion of the agreement by adding “claims” to their compensation for “liability, loss, damage, costs or expenses”. TECO has added “claims” to the list for the customer`s and company`s indemnification obligation to clarify that the exemption is linked to the point of claim. To date, TECO has not filed a claim and no claim has been filed against the company. In addition, TECO proposes to include in the compensation portions of each standard interconnection agreement language that would indemnify subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, officers and directors of the customer and the company.

This proposed revision will provide an additional level of flexibility and protection for both the customer and the business. “We reviewed the agreements and found that the provisions of the agreements are appropriate and in place to protect expense payers as well as pension plan staff,” the Commission said. The 7. In July 2010, the Florida PSC issued an order approving changes to Tampa Electric Company`s (TECO) standard interswitching agreements for parallel generators and non-exported renewable generators. As provided for in the tariff previously approved by TECO for non-parallel operator agreements, customers were only required to sign an interconnection agreement if their backup generator was in place. The Commission added that the tenant agreement contains signature blocks for the utility and the tenant and informs the tenant of the landlord`s agreement. The Owner`s Agreement and the Tenant Agreement – collectively referred to as agreements – are intended to facilitate the connection of customer-owned and leased battery subsystems that are located behind the customer`s meter, but are connected to and operated in parallel with TECO`s power grid. As provided for in the tariff previously approved by TECO for non-parallel operator agreements, customers were only required to sign an interconnection agreement if their backup generator was to operate in parallel with the TecO system. Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 standard interconnection agreements for renewable energy generation are designed to provide customers with a streamlined process to accelerate the interconnection of their renewable energy generation to take advantage of the benefits of net metering. Standard interconnection agreements are defined as Level 1 generators with a rated power of 10 kW or less; Level 2 generators with a rated power exceeding 10 kW and a rated power not exceeding 100 kW; or Level 3 generators with a rated power greater than 100 kWand less than or equal to 2000 kW. TECO also proposes to give customers with non-export-oriented parallel operators and tier 2 and tier 3 standard renewable energy interconnection agreements the ability to insure equipment and liability after approval by the company itself. According to TECO, customers must provide sufficient proof of capital to insure any losses, liabilities, damages, claims or expenses during the operation of their power generation facilities.

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