What is a Qualifying Facility (QF)?
Qualifying Facilities are a class of generators recognized under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). There are two types of QFs; small power producers up to 80 MW (typically fueled by renewable resources), or cogeneration facilities.
How do I obtain QF status?
An owner or operator of a generating facility with a maximum net power production capacity of greater than 1 MW (1,000 kW) may obtain QF status by either submitting a self-certification to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or applying for and obtaining a Commission certification of QF status, and must do so by completing and electronically filing a FERC Form No. 556 with the Commission.
FERC Order No. 732 does not require facilities with net capacity of 1 MW or less to make a filing with the Commission to claim QF status, although applicants for such facilities may seek certification if they wish to do so.
For full details and information, see www.ferc.gov/industries/electric/gen-info/qual-fac.asp.