Pre-Application Report Request

Before You Begin

Before starting any one of the Interconnection Applications listed on the Interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources (DER) page, there is the option of requesting a report on a proposed project at a specific site. This Pre-Application Report will is not required. If requested, the Report will:

  • Identify the substation/area bus, bank or circuit likely to serve the proposed PCC. This selection by the Area EPS Operator does not necessarily indicate, after application of the screens and/or study, that this would be the circuit the project ultimately connects to. The Interconnection Customer must request additional Pre-Application Reports if information about multiple PCCs is requested. 
  • Only include existing data. A request for a Pre-Application Report does not obligate the Area EPS Operator to conduct a study or other analysis of the proposed DER in the event that data is not readily available. The Area EPS Operator will provide the Interconnection Customer with the data that is available. The confidentiality provisions in Section 12.1 apply to Pre-Application Reports.
  • Include the following pieces of information provided the data currently exists and is readily available. 
    • Total capacity (in megawatts (MW)) of substation/area bus, bank or circuit based on normal or operating ratings likely to serve the proposed Point of Common Coupling. 
    • Existing aggregate generation capacity (in MW) interconnected to a substation/area bus, bank or circuit (i.e., amount of generation online) likely to serve the proposed Point of Common Coupling. 
    •  Aggregate queued generation capacity (in MW) for a substation/area bus, bank or circuit (i.e., amount of generation in the queue) likely to serve the proposed Point of Common Coupling. 
    • Available capacity (in MW) of substation/area bus or bank and circuit likely to serve the proposed Point of Common Coupling (i.e., total capacity less the sum of existing aggregate generation capacity and aggregate queued generation capacity). 
    • Substation nominal distribution voltage and/or transmission nominal voltage if applicable. 
    • Nominal distribution circuit voltage at the proposed Point of Common Coupling. 
    • Approximate circuit distance between the proposed Point of Common Coupling and the substation. 
    • Relevant line section(s) actual or estimated peak load and minimum load data, including daytime minimum load and absolute minimum load, when available. 
    • Whether the Point of Common Coupling is located behind a line voltage regulator. 
    • Number and rating of protective devices and number and type (standard, bidirectional) of voltage regulating devices between the proposed Point of Common 11 Coupling and the substation/area. Identify whether the substation has a load tap changer. 
    • Number of phases available on the Area EPS medium voltage system at the proposed Point of Common Coupling. If a single phase, distance from the threephase circuit. 
    • Limiting conductor ratings from the proposed Point of Common Coupling to the distribution substation. 
    • Whether the Point of Common Coupling is located on a spot network, grid network, or radial supply. 
    • Based on the proposed Point of Common Coupling, existing or known constraints such as, but not limited to, electrical dependencies at that location, short circuit interrupting capacity issues, power quality or stability issues on the circuit, capacity constraints, or secondary networks.

Pre-Application Report Request

Instructions and Submission Forms

After it has been determined that the Interconnection Customer would like to submit a Pre-Application Report Request, including a non-refundable fee of $300, for a Pre-Application Report on a proposed project at a specific site, complete the following steps.

  1.  Send $300 pre-application fee payable to City of Anoka along with the installation address for reference. Pay one of two ways: 
    1. Mail to the address of:


      Anoka Municipal Utility (AMU)
      Attn: DER Coordinator
      501 Pierce Street
      Anoka, MN 55303

    2. Pay over the phone for a small phone fee. See our Rate Sheet for current Convenience fee on non-present payment charges. Call the city's Finance Receptionist to make a "Solar Fee Payment" with reference to the installation address. 
  2. Complete the Pre-Application Report Request (PDF), then scan or save the file electronically and submit to AMU using the Pre-Application Report Request Submission Form. The Interconnection Customer must fill out the Pre-Application Request form as completely as possible.
  3.  Anoka Municipal Utility (AMU) will provide the readily available data listed in Section 5.3 of the DER Policy within fifteen (15) Business Days of receipt of a completed request form and $300 payment. 

Nothing further is required, however, you may decide to view the Interconnection Applications listed on the Interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources (DER) page if you would still like to move forward with your project, or consider another.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The Pre-Application Report produced by AMU is non-binding, does not confer any rights, and does not preclude the Interconnection Customer from any interconnection process steps including submission of the Interconnection Application.

Additional Questions

Additional information can be found on our Distributed Generation Policy (PDF). Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  page or contact us at Anoka Municipal Shop for further questions.