Distributed Generation Working Group

On January 23, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) established a Distributed Generation (DG) Working Group to develop recommendations for changes to the Uniform Standards for Interconnection Standards for Distributed Generation. The Working Group, which included representatives of DOER, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the distribution utilities, distributed generators, and customers, filed its final report (9/14/12).

On March 13, 2013, the DPU issued an Order (DPU 11-75-E) approving the recommendations in the DG Working Group Report filed in August 2011 and directed the utilities to file compliance tariffs within 30 days. On May 2, 2013 the DPU stamp approved the utility compliance tariffs. As a result, the new interconnection tariffs proposed by the DGWG and the associated timelines and policies are now in effect.

DOER is hosting this page to make available additional materials associated with the Distributed Generation Working Group. DOER will continue to use this page to document the implementation of the recommendations of the Distributed Generation Working Group.

IMPORTANT UPDATES (as of May 2020)

COVID-19 VIRUS UPDATE: The Distribution Companies have issued Force Majeure notices to interconnection customers regarding impacts of the COVID-19 virus on interconnection processes. See the DPU's Force Majeure web page for more.

Regulatory updates on interconnection are available through the File Room for DPU-19-55 covering storage, cost allocation, qualifying facilities, smart inverters, ASO Study, timeline enforcement, and FERC vs. state jurisdictional issues. See also the File Room for DPU-17-164 covering group study.

Additional Information

DG Working Group Report and Implementation Documents

Key Background Materials

Additional Materials

Resources to Aid Siting of Distributed Generation

Utility substations and circuits/feeders list (service quality reports)