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NOTE: This is not the survey. This Excel spreadsheet has been provided for individuals seeking to submit additional detailed information and is available until April 13 - after the close of the survey period. If the survey has not closed (it is prior to April 11) please participate in the online survey. If you have already begun a session, you can pick up where you left off using the same computer. Please use this form only for entering comments in column D.What is the name of your organization? (REQUIRED)
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http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MADGInterconnection_2011
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ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
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1Massachusetts Interconnection Stakeholder Survey 2011
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2Background and Purpose of Study:
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3At the request of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), KEMA is working as a
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4consultant to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to review generator experiences
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5with the existing Massachusetts (MA) Distributed Generation (DG) interconnection process. The
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6purpose of this survey is to identify challenges to the timely interconnection of DG and propose
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7solutions to address those challenges. Your participation in this study is critical in helping to make the
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8MA DG interconnection process more effective. Please respond to this survey at your earliest
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9convenience, but no later than 5pm ET on Monday April 11, 2011.
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11Respondents must have experience interconnecting distributed generation (DG) systems in
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12Massachusetts. Survey questions assume familiarity with the MA utility Interconnection Tariff.
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13Respondents may find it useful to have a copy of this Tariff on hand during the survey (the tariffs
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14for each utility are available at the “MA DG and Interconnection” website - http://bit.ly/MADGIC ).
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15Please feel free to send the survey link to others who have had experience with the MA DG Interconnection process.
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16If you are interrupted in the middle of the survey, you can resume from your last location, as long
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17as you resume on the same computer.
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18To preserve the confidentiality of your replies, do not take the survey on a shared or public computer.
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19Respondents may make detailed comments through an Excel spreadsheet that is available at
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20the MA DG Interconnection website. This option is open through April 13.
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22Opening Questions
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24How did you find out about this questionnaire?
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25Email Announcement from Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
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26Email announcement from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
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27Email announcement from a non-govenernmental entity
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28DOER Website
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29The MA DG and Interconnection Website (http://sites.google.com/site/massdgic/)
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30Word of mouth
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31Other (please specify)
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33Are any of your DG interconnection projects completed or in the process of being completed in MA? (We
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34are only seeking participants with interconnection experience in MA at this time.)
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35Yes
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36No (Exit survey)
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38General Information
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39Unless the respondent chooses to opt-out of confidentiality, the data collected from each respondent will
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40not be released in full or in part. The responses you provide in the questionnaire will be aggregated for
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41the purposes of producing the report. Only the report authors will have access to the questionnaire
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42responses.
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43Keep my responses fully confidential. I understand the confidentially policy stated above.
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44I would like to partially opt-out of the confidentiality policy: The authors may anonymously quote from my
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45responses (quotes may be used, but the only identification of the source revealed will be a State or region of the
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47I would like to fully opt-out of the confidentiality policy: The authors may share and quote any of my
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48responses.
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49What is the name of your organization? (REQUIRED)
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51How would you best describe your organization?
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52DG Host Customer
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53Third-party DG owner
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54DG installer
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55Other (please specify)
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57What is your role (not your company’s role) in the interconnection process?
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59How many DG interconnection projects in MA have you personally been involved in?
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61What type of DG projects were they? (Select all that apply)
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62Wind
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63Solar
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64Combined Heat and Power
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65Landfill Gas (engines)
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66Biomass
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67Agriculture Renewable
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68Other (please specify)
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70What were the project sizes? (Select all that apply)
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71Less than 25 kW
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7225 kW to less than 60 kW
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7360 kW to less than 250 kW
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74250 kW to less than 1 MW
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751 MW to less than 2MW
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762MW or greater
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78In which of the following MA utility service territories have you sought approval to interconnect DG?
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79(Select all that apply)
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80National Grid
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81NSTAR
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82Unitil
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83Western Massachusetts Electric Company
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84A municipal light plant
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86*Which interconnection process(es) have you used? (Select all that apply)
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87Standard Process
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88Expedited Process
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89Simplified Process
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90Not sure or don’t know
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92Interconnection Process Experience (Simplified Process)
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94What is the status of your most advanced project?
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95Utility acknowledged receipt of application
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