Considering generating some or all of your own power? Here are the details for interconnecting with SMUD's electric system: Interconnection guidelines.
Note: Interconnected energy storage will be treated as distributed generation and fall under Rule 21 interconnection requirements. Please refer to Rate Policy 11-01 for policy and requirements. To qualify for NEM, all storage must be charged with renewable energy on site.
Interconnection and Net Metering Agreements
Rule and Regulation 21 sets forth the conditions and requirements for interconnecting customer-sited generation. Rate sheet 1-NM-1, Net Metering for Qualified Facilities applies when a customer generates electricity to offset their usage. SMUD may at its discretion require agreements for systems up to 1MW. Executed agreements are generally required for systems greater than 1MW.
This application is not for Solar or Distributed Generation Projects. Please submit those projects through PowerClerk 2.
If you would like more information or have questions or comments about rates, rules, and regulations contact: email@example.com.
All new customer on-site generating facilities that apply for interconnection to SMUD’s grid after July 1, 2019 will be subject to future rates/charges adopted by the SMUD Board of Directors, including a proposed Grid Access Charge currently contained in the CEO & GM’s Report.
Under a Feed-In Tariff (FIT), utilities such as SMUD offer standard published rates and contract terms for the purchase of electricity made from renewable energy resources and combined heat-power installations. SMUD's Feed-In Tariff is for eligible renewable energy resources and qualifying combined heat and power installations up to 5 MW.
SMUD No Longer Accepting FIT Applications
Effective August 4, 2010, SMUD has suspended the acceptance of new feed-in-tariff applications.
Current Queue Status
Click here for the current queue status.
Map of Projects
Click here for a map of Feed-in-Tariff projects.
In response to a number of inquiries, and for the purpose of transparency, SMUD is posting the list of applicants in the Feed-In Tariff queue. Click here for the list of FIT applicants.
SMUD's Feed-In Tariff Queue is Full
Thanks to everyone who has submitted proposals for SMUD’s Feed-In Tariff. SMUD has now received enough applications for both the “A” pool and “B” pool to fill our Feed-In Tariff queue. Applications are no longer being accepted.
In the event that an application that currently has a reserved position is dropped, the next application with an unreserved position will be given an opportunity to get the released reserved position.
If you have a project and want to submit a proposal to SMUD, you may do so as an "unsolicited offer," which is a different process than for our Feed-In Tariff. See RFO and Unsolicited Offers if you are interested in submitting an unsolicited offer.
Documents related to the Feed-In Tariff are as follows:
- Feed-In Tariff Application (SMUD Form 3259).
- SMUD Generating Facility Interconnection Application (SMUD Form 2655).
- SMUD Feed-In Tariff Procedure (SMUD Rate Policy and Procedure 08-04). This is SMUD’s Rate Procedure for our Feed-In Tariff and has useful information on qualification criteria and how we manage the Feed-In Tariff process. The procedure posted is a final version, but is subject to change.
- SMUD Interconnection Guidelines (SMUD Rate Policy and Procedure 11-01). This is SMUD’s Rate Procedure for generation interconnected to SMUD’s distribution system.
- SMUD’s Feed-In Tariff Rates.
- Standard Form Power Purchase Agreement.
- Standard Form Interconnection Agreement.
- Interconnection Map The map provides indication of locations that are better for interconnection on the SMUD Distribution System.
Have More Questions?
See a list of frequently asked questions here.
SMUD Feed-In Tariff Contact Info
Phone: (916) 732-6244
Note: Interconnected energy storage will be treated as distributed generation and fall under Rule 21 interconnection requirements. Please refer to Rate Policy 11-01 for policy and requirements.
Here are the processes for connecting your electricity generation project to the local grid:
Submit Generator Interconnection Request
Adding new generating facilities to the local grid impacts the whole system. Before that happens, SMUD must examine the likely impacts of the proposed project on the whole system. How your project request is handled will depend on the type of project.
Small Generator Interconnection Requests
These are for projects that would connect into SMUD's distribution system. Typically, projects 20 MW and smaller will follow the small generator interconnection process. Click for the Small Generator Interconnection Application. You will also want to reference the Interconnection Guidelines.
Large Generator Interconnection Requests
These are for projects that will connect into SMUD's high voltage transmission system. Large generator interconnections are typically projects larger than 20 MW. Click for the Large Generator Interconnection Requirements.
- Small Generator Interconnection Requests
Submit a Service Request
Connecting generation to SMUD's system will require you to submit a service request to SMUD. Your project will need service power to provide for station loads when your project is not generating. Check the Service Connection Rules above for more information. Call 916-732-5700 for a service extension application.ove
For transmission to places outside the SMUD service area
If you are interconnecting your generator to SMUD's system, but are intending to sell the output of your project to a utility other than SMUD, you'll need to submit to SMUD a request for point-to-point transmission. Please note, if your project interconnects to SMUD's distribution system, you will be subject to a distribution wheeling charge to get your power to the high voltage transmission system, as well as a high voltage transmission charge.
If your project is interconnecting at 69 kV or lower AND has a capacity of 20 MW or less, please reference SMUD's Distribution Wheeling process in the following documents:
Application for Transmission Service
Click for an Application for Transmission Service. If you don't know the Point of Receipt (the point where your project will connect to SMUD's system) then indicate the geographic location of your project (property address, or cross streets). If you want SMUD to deliver project power to PG&E's system, the Point of Delivery will be Rancho Seco. If you want SMUD to deliver project power to the Western Area Power Administration System, specify Elverta as the Point of Delivery. Include with your application a deposit of one month's transmission service charge.