The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently provided preliminary approval of a new interconnection process for the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).  The new process is intended to help alleviate a backlog of interconnection requests and allow SPP to more efficiently handle pending requests.  Among the new requirements for wind energy generators are proof of site control and an initial $10,000 deposit; in the case of wind projects, site control would require in most cases proof of land under the wind generator’s control that is equal to at least 30 acres per MW.  As the interconnnection process moves forward, larger deposits are required to move into each subsequent stage of the queue.  FERC Approves New SPP Procedures