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Generator interconnection is a process that includes the steps necessary to request approval from your local electric utility to connect generation to the utility's electric system.

Because jurisdictional issues vary between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), Cleco evaluates requests for generation interconnection individually to obtain proper documentation and ensure safe and reliable operation of the electric system.

Cleco must also perform a study for each interconnection to ensure safe and reliable operation of its system.


Note: At this time we are not allowing distribution interconnections.

Step 1: Begin the process of interconnecting generation to Cleco's system by completing the Standard Interconnection Evaluation Form. This form will help establish jurisdiction of the proposed generation interconnection, so the appropriate individuals at Cleco can help insure the customer's project is appropriately handled.

All connections to Cleco's bulk transmission system at 69kV or above must comply with all applicable Cleco transmission standards and the planning standards and measurements of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) or its successor, as administered by Midcontinent Independent System Operator ("MISO") and/or any NERC regional entity.

Step 2: Identify customer type: Co-Generation, Qualifying Facility, Merchant Provider or Other Parallel Operation (select a customer type below).


Qualifying Facility (QF)

Merchant Provider

Other Parallel Operation

Allows customer to reduce consumption (e.g., net-metering).

Allows the customer to sell back to Cleco Power.

Allows the customer to sell generator output to the market.

Allows the customer to connect in parallel for all other operating parameters.