The Distributed Resource Interconnection Tariff describes the interconnection requirements for generators that connect to Midwest Energy’s distribution system. These generally include connections made on the customer’s side of the meter at farms, homes and small businesses. Click on the following links to obtain application forms and sample agreements.
Midwest Energy’s complete interconnection requirements can be found in the Renewable Energy Interconnection link at the bottom of the electric rate page.
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) establishes guidelines for very large projects connected to the high voltage transmission system. SPP procedures and requirements for transmission interconnections are in the Generation Interconnection Studies section of the SPP tariff.
All power supply costs are passed directly to Midwest Energy customers, regardless of the source. For customers’ benefit, Midwest Energy wants the lowest possible price.
The formula for the price paid for energy from wind machines no larger than 25 kW (residential) and 200 kW (commercial) is established by Kansas law and is contained in a Parallel Generation Rider. It has resulted in the following average buy-back rates for Midwest Energy:
Interconnecting customers may choose from Midwest Energy’s Net Metering option instead of the Parallel Generation arrangement. In this case, customers receive the full retail value for all kWh generated and used in the same month. Any excess generation at the end of the billing period reverts to Midwest Energy.
NOTE: By the law, the generator must be appropriately sized for the electric load.
For renewable generators larger than 200 kW, Midwest Energy expects the developer to propose a price. Proposed prices will be compared to expected costs for other conventional and renewable energy sources. Midwest Energy will not enter into contracts that may increase long-term costs above other alternatives. Midwest Energy will continue to use a competitive bidding process for utility scale renewable energy purchases.