We understand that you, as a municipal official, are busy fielding questions from renewable energy developers about town ordinances, permits and other processes, as well as from your residents who wonder whether the new solar array(s) being built nearby will bring a discount on their bills (only if they subscribe to it.)
Below, please find general information regarding our role and those situations when a developer or CMP will seek permits, easements or access rights, plus information about supply capacity.
CMP is not a developer of distributed generation (DG) projects, including community generation and community solar, as we are not a power generator. Our role includes:
The community solar developers are the primary contact with customers as these are their projects. CMP will reach out to households or businesses that may be affected by the construction of distribution line upgrades or extensions or regarding their billing credits.
CMP has received a few questions regarding supply capacity on our system, namely "is there enough room” on our infrastructure in your area to support a generator’s interconnection. Here is a high-level answer that we hope you’ll find helpful:
Capacity is studied upon receipt of a generator’s interconnection study application to CMP. There is no hard cap on the ability for generators to interconnect to the distribution system at any given location. If during the study it is determined that a larger or additional transformer (and possibly other elements) is required to accommodate the interconnection, the costs associated with those upgrades will be included in the study results and presented to our generation customer. The generation customer then can elect to move ahead with the interconnection or withdraw.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions. For CMP project-related questions, the Public Outreach team can be reached via our Project Information Line number at 1-888-267-0831 or email at [email protected]. Customers with questions about their bills and credits should call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-750-4000 or visit cmpco.com.