US-MOST will provide you with an initial site package at 210 days before the starting synchronization that includes RIG IFC and an executed interconnect agreement. This will allow you to see the best results from the project in real time and use the information to make adjustments necessary for the CAISO end result. It also allows you to see where your project stands in relation to the necessary requirements for completing the process. This is going to provide you with all that you need to make changes that are necessary. If changes are made there may be a delay in the process, but it is best to make these adjustments early on in the process for ultimate success.
In addition, US-MOST will provide you with an initial site package at 180 days prior to the starting synchronization that includes metering documentation requirements for the certification, MET station location package, a template for the site footprint to enable easy visualization of the project, a diagram of the meter and RIG communication block to make it easier for everyone on the team to see what will be happening and AT&T IP or ISP static address submission documentation. At this point a telemetry convenient RIG database spreadsheet and information will be supplied by ISO to the owner of the resource after which a 10 day period will ensue allowing them to approve the database.
Through the validation process there are several items that can be expected to be undertaken and completed at 30 days prior to synchronization mark. These include, but are not limited to the regulatory contract agreements being fully executed including items such as the new scheduling coordinator or SC selection letter, the new scheduling coordinator or SC acceptance letter, the PGA and MSA documents signed, the generator resource data template (GRDT) completed and signed off on, the control and protection documentation being executed, the participating intermittent resource program or PIRP documentation executed and the final version of the contracts submitted by the SC.
At 10 days prior to the initial synchronization you can expect an interconnection approval letter from PTO, a test energy schedule, telemetry and metering testing completion, notice to resource owner regarding planned synchronization via email. These steps are vital to making it to the next steps in the process and finding the end goal.
On the day before the initial start and synchronization you will see a receipt of CAISO System Operations Approval for said synchronization, contact by scheduling coordinator to CAISO, a 24 hour notice to the CAISO outage manager, and immediate notifications to the real-time generation desk for CAISO.
On the final day of the synchronization and the operation day there will be commercial operation approval letters executed by PTO, issuance of telemetry and metering certificate of compliance and a notification letter from general owner regarding COD.
All of this requires that the entire team is in cooperation and that real time data is used throughout the process in order to negotiate changes that might be necessary and to bring the process back online if there is something that moves everything off target. Any changes or failures to meet each of these planned goals could delay the initial start up and provide the project with exceptional delays. This could result in having to go back several steps to readjust and set out again on course.
It is vital that at each point the team members communicate their progress and change course if necessary to make adjustments for the changes that they have to entertain. While each component works on its own toward the end result, there is a necessity for each component to fit with the next in order to reach that common goal. If at any point any of these steps are missed it could mean a delay that would cause the project to start back several paces to catch up to the location they need to be in the process to make it successful.