By signing below, you agree to the terms of this Interconnection of Distributed Generation agreement.
The provisions of Oklahoma Electric Cooperative's (OEC) Distributed Generation Manual shall be considered to be a part of this agreement.
This agreement provides for the safe and orderly operation of the electrical facilities interconnecting the Owner/Applicant's facility at the address entered above and the electrical distribution facility owned by OEC ("Cooperative").
1. Intent of Parties: It is the intent of the Owner/Applicant to interconnect an electric power generator to the Cooperative’s electrical distributionsystem.
It is the intent of the Cooperative to operate the distribution system to maintain a high level of service to its customers and to maintain a high level of power quality.
It is the intent of both Parties to operate the facilities in a way that ensures the safety of the public and their employees.
2. Limitation of Liability and Indemnification: Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement, with respect to the Cooperative's provision of electric service to DG Owner/Applicant and the services provided by the Cooperative pursuant to this Agreement, Cooperative's liability to Owner/Applicant shall be limited as set forth in the Cooperative's tariffs and Terms and Conditions for Electric Service, which are incorporated herein by reference.
Neither Cooperative nor Owner/Applicant shall be liable to the other for damages for any act or omission that is beyond such party's control, including, but not limited to, any event that is a result of an act of God, labor disturbance, act of the public enemy, war, insurrection, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, breakage or accident to any part of the System or to any other machinery or equipment, a curtailment, law, order, or regulation or restriction by governmental, military, or lawfully established civilian authorities.
The Owner/Applicant shall assume all liability for, and shall indemnify Cooperative for, any claims, losses, costs, and expenses of any kind or character to the extent that they result from Owner/Applicant's negligence or other wrongful conduct in connection with the design, construction or operation of the Facilities or Interconnection Facilities. Such indemnity shall include, but is not limited to, financial responsibility for (a) monetary losses; (b) reasonable costs and expenses of defending an action or claim; (c) damages related to death or injury; (d) damages to property; and (e) damages for the disruption of business. This paragraph does not create a liability on the part of the Owner/Applicant to the Cooperative or a third person, but requires indemnification where such liability exists.
Cooperative and Owner/Applicant shall each be responsible for the safe installation, maintenance, repair and condition of their respective lines, wires, switches, or other equipment or property on their respective sides of the Point of Interconnection. The Cooperative, while retaining the right to inspect, does not assume any duty of inspecting the Owner/Applicant's lines, wires, switches, or other equipment or property and will not be responsible therefore. Owner/Applicant assumes all responsibility for the electric service supplied hereunder and the facilities used in connection therewith at or beyond the Point of Interconnection.
For the mutual protection of the Owner/Applicant and the Cooperative, only with Cooperative prior written authorization are the connections between the Cooperative's service wires and the Owner/Applicant's service entrance conductors to be energized.
3. Metering: Metering shall be accomplished as described in the Cooperative’s DG Manual. Net Metering is allowed on DG ≤ 25 kW. Reconciliation can occur monthly (nocharge)
4. Insurance: Insurance shall be required as described in the Cooperative’s DG Manual.
5. Suspension of Interconnection: It is intended that the interconnection should not compromise the Cooperative’s protection or operational requirements. The operation of the Owner/Applicant’s System and the quality of electric energy supplied by the Owner/Applicant shall meet the standards as specified by the Cooperative. If the operation of the Owner/Applicant’s system or quality of electric energy supplied (in the case of power export) does not meet the standards as specified, then (the Cooperative) will notify the Owner/Applicant to take reasonable and expedient corrective action. The Cooperative shall have the right todisconnect the Owner/Applicant’s System, until compliance is reasonably demonstrated. Notwithstanding, the Cooperative may in its sole discretion disconnect the Owner/Applicant’s generating plant from the Distribution Facility without notice if the operating of the Generating Plant may be or may become dangerous to life andproperty.
6. Compliance with Laws, Rules and Tariffs: Both the Cooperative and the Owner/Applicant shall be responsible for complying with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to the laws of the state of Oklahoma, and the Cooperative's DG Manual, Tariffs, Rules and Regulations, By-Laws and other governing documents. The interconnection and services provided under this Agreement shall at all times be subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the tariff schedules and rules of the Cooperative as applicable to the electric service provided by the Cooperative, which tariffs and rules are hereby incorporated into this Agreement by this reference. The Cooperative shall have the right to publish changes in rates, classification, service or rule, with the proper notification to all Owner/Applicant and Cooperative members.
7. Maintenance Outages: Maintenance outages will occasionally be required on the Cooperative’s system, and the Cooperative will provide as much notice and planning as possible to minimize downtime. It is noted that in some emergency cases such notice may not be possible.Compensation will not be made for unavailability of Cooperative’s facilities due tooutages.
8. Access: Access is required by the Cooperative to the Owner/Applicant’s plant site for maintenance, operating and meter reading. The Cooperative reserves the right, but not the obligation, to inspect the Owner/Applicant’s facilities.
9. Force Majeure: For the purposes of this Agreement, a Force Majeure event is any event: (a) that is beyond the reasonable control of the affected party; and (b) that the affected party is unableto prevent or provide against by exercising reasonable diligence, including the following events or circumstances, but only to the extent that they satisfy the preceding requirements: acts of war, public disorder, rebellion or insurrection; floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, lighting, storms or other natural calamities; explosions or fires; strikes, work stoppages or labor disputes; embargoes; and sabotage. If a Force Majeure event prevents a party from fulfilling any obligations under this agreement, such party will promptly notify the other party in writing and will keep the other party informed on a continuing basis as to the scope and duration of the Force Majeure event. The affected party will specify the circumstances of the Force Majeure event, its expected duration and the steps the affected party is taking to mitigate the effect of the event on its performance. The affected party will be entitled to suspend or modify its performance of obligations under this Agreement but will use reasonable efforts to resume its performance as soon aspossible.