supports federal and state regulatory policies that allow timely, efficient and
cost-effective integration of renewable generation.
number of our business and residential customers who produce their own energy
through generators, solar panels, wind or other sources has risen steadily. As
of the end of 2013, we had approved net connections for nearly 10,000
customer-owned renewable energy systems.
energy generators present a variety of challenges to system reliability. One
challenge is that the electric system was originally designed to deliver power
in just one direction. With the advent of home generation, power flows in both
directions, depending on whether the customer's home generator is exporting
excess electricity back into the utility grid or the utility is delivering
electricity to the customer. Additionally, the flow of power can change
direction at certain times of the day.
system is robust and capable of integrating renewable resources in most of our
service area. We are continuously enhancing our resources to facilitate these
interconnections and are investing in tools or studies of advanced technologies
toward integrating these alternative energy sources seamlessly into the
facilitate the interconnection process, we make it a priority to partner with
developers, state governments and PJM (our independent system operator). We
also have assigned personnel to better serve our renewable energy customers.
Our Green Power Connection team works with customers, their contractors, and
PHI colleagues to more efficiently handle the growing volume of requests from across
our service territory wanting to connect new systems.
also have teams assigned to
addition, we have been working on an online application system with enhanced
internal automation to route applications through the approval process,
initiate meter change-out and give customers approval. This should allow
generating systems to be connected to the grid more seamlessly. The online
application system will be operational sometime in 2014.
are involved in a variety of other activities and investments to safely connect
these systems to the grid that include:
will continue to monitor industry progress in creating renewable integration
tools and will implement appropriate measures to maintain and improve the
reliability and efficiency of renewable interconnections. As the supply of
renewable energy increases, our utilities will continue to enhance their
infrastructure to support these changes to their distribution systems.