Borough of Lavallette, NJ
Ocean County
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[Added 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-06 (1017)]

§ 24-15 Scope and establishment of rules.

In order to allow customers of Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility the opportunity of interconnecting with self-generation equipment to the Borough of Lavallette electric distribution system, the following rules and provisions are hereby established.

§ 24-16 Consultation with Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility.

A. 
To assure safety and the optimum value for both the customer and the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility, it is essential for the customer to consult with the utility before purchasing, constructing, operating, or interconnecting any self-generation equipment to the system. No self-generating equipment may be connected to the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility unless the customer notifies the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility and all necessary equipment, in the opinion of the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility, is properly installed to isolate the generating equipment from the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility system.
B. 
The Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility will assist the customer in evaluating the feasibility of the proposed self-generation project, in particular helping the customer evaluate the economics of the project after taking into account the customer's responsibility and obligation to pay all interconnection costs.

§ 24-17 General requirements.

A. 
No self-generating equipment or facility may be connected to the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility without express authorization from the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility and unless the requirements contained in this rule are fully and completely satisfied.
B. 
The customer must provide complete plans and specifications of the proposed equipment, including a single-line diagram and details of proposed protective schemes. Plans must be certified by an electrical engineer. Upon receipt of the certified plans and a fee of $1,500, as provided in § 24-16G below, to compensate the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility for the cost of engineering services provided herein, the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility will provide specific switching, breaker, and isolation plans for installation at the customer's expense. Any review of plans by the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility does not constitute approval of the correctness of customer's plans.
[Amended 6-1-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-09 (1062)]
C. 
Installation must be in compliance with the National Electrical Code and all applicable municipal, county, and federal codes or regulations.
D. 
Prior to connection to the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility system, the equipment and interconnection shall be inspected by the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility or its qualified representative. Inspections undertaken by the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility shall be undertaken solely for the purpose of determining compliance with the proposed plans and for the safety and integrity of the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility system. Nothing done by the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility inspector shall constitute approval or waiver by any other inspector who may be authorized to inspect such facility and interconnection.
E. 
Prior to interconnection with the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility system, the customer shall enter into a written agreement with the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility. In addition to the operating provisions contained in these rules, this agreement shall permit unlimited right of entry to the customer's property for safety reasons or to disconnect whenever the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility believes that continued operation of the self-generation equipment could result in harm to the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility system or employees or to a customer of the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility. Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility employees shall have the right to inspect and test the interconnection facilities during reasonable hours. This agreement also shall require the safe operation of the equipment or facility, indemnification of the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility for damages of any type, including, but not limited to, direct, consequential, punitive damages, to the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility or any other customer as a result of the operation of the self-generation equipment or facility. The agreement shall contain such other provisions as are appropriate for the protection and safe operation of the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility.
F. 
The customer shall be responsible for the safe operation of the self-generation equipment and shall be responsible for all costs of repairs, corrections, or updating of interconnection facilities.
G. 
The customer shall be financially responsible for all costs of interconnection, including, but not limited to, review of the plans for equipment and the proposed isolation scheme, voltage regulation, wiring, labor, special metering, and inspection. The Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility shall provide a good faith estimate of the cost of reviewing the plans, inspections, and for the cost of all equipment that may be necessary to interconnect the self-generating equipment with the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility, and the customer shall pay the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility the full amount of the good faith estimate. Any amounts not expended shall be returned to the customer. Any additional costs reasonably incurred by the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility to complete the interconnection with the customer shall be paid to the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility prior to interconnection. The customer shall be responsible for the cost of periodic testing of the interconnection facilities.
H. 
The customer shall not change any aspect of the operation, the wiring, the controls, or the interconnection of the self-generation equipment without first providing prior written notice to the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility of all proposed changes to the plans or the as-built drawings, as the case may be. All changes or proposed changes shall be certified by an electrical engineer, in the same manner as provided in § 24-16A above. This information is essential for determining whether the existing interconnection equipment is adequate for the requirements and for safety reasons in the event of emergency cutoff. Customer shall pay all reasonable engineering fees incurred by the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility to review and inspect the proposed installation.
I. 
Self-generating equipment that is intended to operate in parallel with the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility shall be subject to a contract that provides for such interconnected parallel operation.

§ 24-18 Electrical requirements.

A. 
For facilities intended to operate in synchronization with the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility:
(1) 
The interconnection point between the self-generator and the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility shall be on the customer's side of the designated metering location. It shall operate in synchronization with the municipal system.
(2) 
Electrical quality must be sixty-herz, alternating current having voltage and phase characteristics acceptable to the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility. Operation of the self-generating unit shall not result in flicker, voltage fluctuations, interference with electronic equipment, or damage to Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility or customer-owned equipment.
(3) 
Equipment shall be capable of being manually and automatically isolated from the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility system within a maximum of 10 seconds, and provide for automatic disconnection from utility lines that have been de-energized.
(4) 
All costs incurred to interconnect the self-generation equipment shall be the responsibility of the customer.
B. 
For generating equipment not intended to operate as interconnected generating facilities:
(1) 
The customer shall install all equipment, switches and devices necessary to allow such facility that is capable of being served by the generating equipment to be electrically isolated from the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility.
(2) 
All generating equipment subject to this subsection shall be designed so that it is incapable of being operated unless it is isolated and disconnected from the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility.

§ 24-19 Meter requirements.

A. 
All metering costs associated with the interconnection or the interconnected operation of the equipment shall be the responsibility of the customer.
B. 
Any deliveries to the Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility shall be through a separate billing meter. Reversing meters are not permitted.

§ 24-20 Purchase of excess generation.

A. 
The Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility and the customer shall enter into an agreement that addresses all purchase and payment obligations. The Borough of Lavallette Electric Utility shall only be required to purchase from Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) qualifying facilities, pursuant to 18 CFR 292.300.
B. 
Rates for the purchase of excess energy from the PURPA-qualifying facility shall be as set forth in § 24-10C of the Borough Code, as the same may be amended from time to time.
[Amended 12-19-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-16(1160)]

§ 24-21 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation that shall be convicted of a violation of a provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof by any court authorized by law to hear and determine the matter, be subject to a fine of no less than $100 and no more than $1,000, imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or community service of not more than 90 days, or any combination of fine, imprisonment and community service, as such court in its discretion may impose. Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.