This section offers steps to guide Interconnecting Entities (IEs) and Resource Entities (REs) through the interconnection process for new or modified generation interconnections within the ERCOT system. Entities wishing to interconnect new generation or modify existing generation should refer to Planning Guide, Section 5.1.1 - Applicability, to determine if the proposed resource or modification must go through the Generation Resource Interconnection or Change Request (GINR) process.
Transmission-connected resources not subject to the requirements of Planning Guide Section 5 must still submit appropriate Resource Asset Registration Forms (RARF) found in the Models section below. Guidelines for Distributed Generation can be found on the Distributed Generation page. Any questions on resource integration can be directed to ResourceIntegrationDepartment@ercot.com.
IEs wishing to submit or modify a GINR application must do so through the online Resource Integration and Ongoing Operations – Interconnection Services (RIOO – IS) application, following the processes described in Planning Guide, Section 5 and the RIOO–IS IE User Guide. Links to both guides can be found in the Guides section below.
Applicable fees are specified in the ERCOT Fee Schedule.
Once a planned Generation Resource has met the requirements of Planning Guide Section 6.9 - Addition of Proposed Generation to the Planning Models, it may be registered with ERCOT. The entity that will register with ERCOT and be responsible for the Resource is the RE. This may be the IE, or another entity.
Information is also provided for Transmission Service Providers (TSPs) to sign up for and use RIOO-IS, in order to perform tasks pertaining to the interconnection process.
Model Quality Guide
Assists REs/IEs submit stability models per Planning Guide Section 6.2, including the new Model Quality Testing requirements. Also includes the UDM Model Guideline and PSCAD Model Guideline.
Jan 10, 2023 - zip - 1.7 MB
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Section 5, Generation Resource Interconnection or Change Request (GINR), defines the requirements and processes used to facilitate new or modified generation interconnections.
Resource Interconnection Handbook
Provides an overview of the Generation Interconnection or Change Request (GINR) process that Interconnecting Entities/Resource Entities must follow in order to add new generation/modify existing generation connected to the ERCOT Transmission Grid.
Jun 21, 2022 - docx - 1.4 MB
Signing Up for a RIOO Services User Account
Guides the user through the steps to create a user account and register their mobile phone to access RIOO Interconnection and Resource Services
Creating an INR in RIOO Interconnection Services
Guides the IEs and REs through the process for creating a request to interconnect a resource to the ERCOT electrical grid
Managing INRs in RIOO Interconnection Services
Managing INRs as a TSP/DSP
Describes the tasks associated with studying and analyzing submitted INRs, making study results available, and monitoring project milestone dates
Battery Request for Information Template
Facilitates the collection of information for batteries, and Self-Limiting Facilities and DC-Coupled Resources that include batteries. Planned projects that include batteries should submit a completed template to RIOO-IS as an “Other” file type once an IA has been signed.
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Nov 4, 2019 - zip - 4.1 MB
Collector System Template
Facilitates entry of collector data by providing useful feedback and error checking. Use this form in lieu of filling out the RARF Cable_Data and Segments tabs. Submit by including with your RARF upload.
Jun 30, 2020 - zip - 505.5 KB
Dynamic Model Templates
Used to facilitate the collection of resource Dynamic Data to be submitted in conjunction with the RARF.
Nov 17, 2022 - zip - 8.3 MB
Dec 4, 2020 - docx - 88.9 KB
Reactive Study Scope
Used to demonstrate, as per Nodal Protocol Section 3.15, that the interconnecting Generation Resource is designed to meet the Reactive Power capability requirements of the Nodal Protocols and Operating Guides.
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Sep 13, 2019 - doc - 134 KB
Feb 9, 2021 - docx - 127 KB
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Combined AVR Template 1.21
AVR Template to be used by conventional generation, Intermittent Renewable Resources (Solar and Wind), and Inverter-Based Resources (Storage). This template is used to submit AVR test data in NDCRC. Please do not alter the column order or add/delete columns. Use an additional template form if your site has more than 5 units.
Sep 21, 2022 - xlsx - 50.2 KB
Dec 10, 2018 - xls - 200.5 KB
ERCOT New Generator Commissioning Checklist
Checklist used by QSEs to complete required testing for new generating unit start-ups in the QSE's market and control systems, as well as ERCOT's operation and marketing systems. It is also required to receive expressed approval to connect to the ERCOT grid.
Dec 14, 2022 - docx - 97.1 KB
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