Concern for the environment and increased cost of energy has led some members to consider installing generation equipment to replace all or some of the electricity provided by their energy supplier. Egyptian Electric Cooperative encourages member generation of electricity (sometimes called distributed generation) when it can be done in a safe, economical and environmentally friendly manner.
Before making the decision to purchase distributed generation equipment, members should consider the economics of purchasing the equipment and whether it will lower their monthly power costs. The Capital Cost Recovery Analysis brochure will help you determine the annual operating cost of distributed generation equipment in comparison to the cost of electricity from Egyptian Electric Cooperative. The Member Services or Engineering Department of the cooperative, or your vendor can assist in completion of this analysis.
Egyptian Electric Cooperative voluntarily contributes to the Illinois Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance program. This makes Egyptian Electric members eligible for rebate funds from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Oppportunity (DCEO) for residential solar and wind energy systems. For application guidelines and rebate forms, visit the DCEO Web site.
Properly planned and operated distributed generation can provide consumers and society with a wide variety of benefits, including economic savings, improved environmental performance, and greater reliability. The interconnection of distributed generation with the electric grid continues to pose genuine safety and reliability risks, both for Egyptian Electric employees and the general public. These distributed generation policies are not a complete description or listing of all laws, ordinances, rules or regulations, nor or they intended to be an installation or safety manual. Please contact the Engineering Department of the Cooperative before beginning a distributed generation project.
The Member requesting to interconnect a distributed generation facility to the Cooperative’s electric system is responsible for and must follow, in addition to all provisions of the policies and agreements below, the Cooperative’s rules and regulations for electric service, the Cooperative’s line extension policy, the policies and procedures of the Cooperative’s power supplier when applicable, the current IEEE 1547 Standard Guide for Distributed Generation Interconnection, other applicable IEEE standards, all applicable ANSI standards, all applicable National Electric Code and/or National Electric Safety Code standards.
Before beginning the installation of a distributed generation system, members and/or their installer should complete and return the Application for Operation of Member-Owned Generation to the Cooperative and should have the approval of the Cooperative’s Engineering Department. We have developed a checklist to assist our members with the process of installing an alternative generation system.
NOTE: Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association reserves the right, at any time, to amend any part of this guideline/policy including, without limitation, the type, amount or application of any Distribution and Transmission Charges, penalties or rebates set out in this guideline. This guideline is intended as a summary only and is not intended to be a statement of Egyptian Electric’s rights and obligations in relation to distributed generation.
- EGYPTIAN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE POLICY 509 Interconnection Policy
- EGYPTIAN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE POLICY 515A Cooperative Net Metering Policy
- EGYPTIAN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE POLICY 515B Cooperative Purchase Member Generation over 10 kW
- Sample Line Drawing
- Application for Operation of Member-Owned Generation
- Agreement for Interconnection and Parallel Operation of Distributed Generation