Interconnection Standards

October 03, 2006


Through statutory authority, Kansas allows residential renewable energy facilities of up to 25 kilowatts (kW) and commercial facilities of up to 100 kW to connect to the utility grid. However, there are currently no statewide uniform interconnection standards for these systems, and Kansas does not have a net-metering law. All that is currently specified is a utility's option to enforce any safety, equipment or power-quality requirements it deems appropriate. Utilities may also install a manual external disconnect device if the customer refuses to do so. Legislation enacted in April 2003 (HB 2018) required the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to develop uniform interconnection standards for all distributed renewable-energy systems up to 5 megawatts (MW) in capacity. To implement this law, the KCC initiated a proceeding (Docket No. 04-GIME-080-GIE); this proceeding is still in progress. When adopted, the resulting rules will apply to rural electric co-ops, municipal utilities and investor-owned utilities.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Kansas
Incentive Type: Interconnection
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Landfill Gas
  • Wind (Small)
Applicable Utilities: No
System Capacity Limit: 25 kW for residential and 100 kW for commercial; interconnection guidelines to expand to cover up to 5 MW
Standard Agreement: No
Insurance Requirements: No
External Disconnect Switch: Yes
Net Metering Required: No (under development)


Name: K.S. § 66-1,184
Name: K.S. § 66-1238
Date Enacted: 4/17/2003
Effective Date: 7/1/2003


Name: Jim Ploger
Organization: Kansas Corporation Commission
Address: 1500 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka KS 66604-4027
Phone: (785) 271-3349

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.