Renewable Energy

Brainerd Public Utilities

Overview of Available Renewable Programs

April 30, 2019

The Municipal Minnesota Distributed Energy Resources Interconnection Process (Interconnection Process or M-MIP) applies to any Distributed Energy Resource (DER) no larger than 10-megawatt (MW) AC interconnecting to and operating in parallel with BPU’s distribution system.

The interconnection process is broken into five parts: Process Overview, Simplified Process, Fast Track Process, Study Process and Interconnection Agreement. For the majority of DER interconnection, only the Process Overview and the simplified Process parts will apply. For larger and more complex DER interconnections, the Fast Track Process and the Study Process may apply.

In addition to the interconnection process documents, interconnection agreement(s) are to be executed prior to the DER system being interconnected to the distribution grid. For most DER interconnection, BPU’s Contract for Cogeneration and Small Power Production Facilities (Uniform Contract) will be used. For DER systems that do not fall under the terms of the Uniform Contract, the M-MIP Interconnection Agreement will apply.

The process to interconnect a DER system to the distribution grid starts with the submission of an Interconnection Application. Each track has different information that is requested in the application and the non-refundable interconnection application fees will vary. BPU and the interconnecting customer have timelines that are enforced to ensure a timely application review, contract execution and interconnection commissioning.

Timely submission of the Interconnection Application prior to the purchase and installation of a DER system is strongly recommended. BPU encourages customers to ask questions throughout the interconnection process.


Brainerd Public Utilities

Table of Contents

Municipal Minnesota Interconnection Process (M-MIP)

April 30, 2019

Annual Compliance

Utility Documents


Processes (M-MIP)

Applications, Forms & Templates (M-MIP)

Technical Requirements

Interconnection Contracts

Study Agreements






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