Interconnection Guidelines (Alaska)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Alaska
Name Interconnection Guidelines (Alaska)
Incentive Type Interconnection
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Municipal Solid Waste, Ocean Thermal, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind, Hydrokinetic
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Applicable Utilities Utilities with annual retail sales of 5,000,000 kWh or more

External Disconnect Switch No

Insurance Requirements Varies by utility

Net Metering Required Yes

Standard Agreement Varies by utility
System Capacity Limit 25 kW

Last DSIRE Review 2013-04-18
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)[1]


In October 2009, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) approved net metering regulations. These rules were finalized and approved by the lieutenant governor in January 2010 and became effective January 15, 2010. In May 2011, the RCA approved interconnection guidelines. All utilities subject to Alaska's net metering regulations were required to issue revised tariffs that address interconnection.

The interconnection guidelines state that the utility can require a customer to have liability insurance, if the insurance is easily available at a reasonable cost to the customer. No external disconnect switch is required; the customer is either given the choice of installing an external disconnect switch or allowing the utility to disconnect the customer's load when necessary. A utility can also determine that no external disconnect switch is necessary. In the event that the external disconnect switch is used, the customer would be required pay for the cost of installing the disconnect switch. Each utility must have a simple interconnection application that is no longer than two pages. The interconnection rules for a utility must be based on national safety standards, including IEEE 1547 series. The rules must also include equipment requirements for inverters, converters, controllers, and interconnection system equipment.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Regulatory Commission of Alaska Order R-09-2(4)
Date Effective 2011-05-05

Authority 2: Regulatory Commission of Alaska Order R-09-2(4), Appendix B
Date Effective 2011-05-05

Authority 3: [Group+!273+aac+50!2E940!27!3A/doc/{@1}/hits_only?firsthit 3 AAC 50.940]
Date Effective 2010-06-16

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"