TWEETS

Full retail credit with no subtractions. Customers protected from fees and additional charges. Rules actively encourage use of DG.

A

Generally good net metering policies with full retail credit, but there could be certain fees or costs that detract from full retail equivalent value. There may be some obstacles to net metering.

B

Adequate net metering rules, but there could be some significant fees or other obstacles that undercut the value or make the process of net metering more difficult.

C

Poor net metering policies with substantial charges or other hindrances. Many customers will forgo an opportunity to install DG because net metering rules subtract substantial economic value.

D

Net metering policies that deter customer-sited DG.

F

No Statewide Policy

N/A

alabama

F

alaska

C

arizona

A

arkansas

A

california

A

colorado

A

connecticut

A

delaware

A

Dist. of Columbia

A

florida

B

georgia

F

hawaii

F

idaho

D

illinois

B

indiana

B

iowa

B

kansas

C

kentucky

B

louisiana

B

maine

B

maryland

A

massachusetts

A

michigan

B

minnesota

A

mississippi

F

missouri

B

montana

C

nebraska

B

nevada

F

new hampshire

A

new jersey

A

new mexico

B

new york

A

north carolina

C

north dakota

D

ohio

A

oklahoma

F

oregon

A

pennsylvania

A

puerto rico

N/A

rhode island

A

south carolina

B

south dakota

F

tennessee

F

texas

F

utah

A

vermont

A

virginia

C

west virginia

A

wisconsin

D

wyoming

D

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Illinois

BNet Metering AInterconnection
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  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
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  • N/A
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • A
  • A
  • A

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Microturbines

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities, alternative retail electric suppliers

System Capacity Limit

2 MW (but full retail NEM limited to residential and certain small commercial customers)

Aggregate Capacity Limit

1% of utility's peak demand in previous year

Net Excess Generation

Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; granted to utility at end of 12-month billing cycle

REC Ownership

Customer owns RECs

Meter Aggregation

Not addressed

recommendations

  • Remove system size limitations to allow customers to meet all on-site energy needs

notes

Illinois net metering law is among the more oddly constructed state policies in one primary way that has influenced how it has been graded for Freeing the Grid. Several pieces of legislation enacted during 2011 and 2012 resulted in the current statute, which in theory allows net metering for systems sized up to 2 MW, but in practice places considerably more restrictive limits on system size. As a result of the 2011 and 2012 legislation, net metering is only available to customers whose electric service had not been deemed competitive as of July 1, 2011. This includes all residential customers, but only includes non-residential customers with electric loads of up to 100 kW in the Commonwealth Edison service territory, and up to 150 kW in the Ameren utilities service territory. Coupled with a requirement that systems be used primarily to offset on-site use, the maximum system size falls within the 100 _ 150 kW range and results in Illinois receiving a score of +1 in the system size limit category, rather than the +3 used for states that limit system size to a range from 500 kW to 2 MW. As of the end of 2015, state policy regulatory proceedings were underway to consider updates to the state interconnection standards. No changes have been finalized, though may be in 2016. The grades here are reflective of the official policy in place in 2015.

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Microturbines

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities, alternative retail electric suppliers

System Capacity Limit

2 MW (but full retail NEM limited to residential and certain small commercial customers)

Aggregate Capacity Limit

1% of utility's peak demand in previous year

Net Excess Generation

Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; granted to utility at end of 12-month billing cycle

REC Ownership

Customer owns RECs

Meter Aggregation

Not addressed

recommendations

  • Remove system size limitations to allow customers to meet all on-site energy needs

notes

Illinois net metering law is among the more oddly constructed state policies in one primary way that has influenced how it has been graded for Freeing the Grid. Several pieces of legislation enacted during 2011 and 2012 resulted in the current statute, which in theory allows net metering for systems sized up to 2 MW, but in practice places considerably more restrictive limits on system size. As a result of the 2011 and 2012 legislation, net metering is only available to customers whose electric service had not been deemed competitive as of July 1, 2011. This includes all residential customers, but only includes non-residential customers with electric loads of up to 100 kW in the Commonwealth Edison service territory, and up to 150 kW in the Ameren utilities service territory. Coupled with a requirement that systems be used primarily to offset on-site use, the maximum system size falls within the 100 _ 150 kW range and results in Illinois receiving a score of +1 in the system size limit category, rather than the +3 used for states that limit system size to a range from 500 kW to 2 MW. As of the end of 2015, state policy regulatory proceedings were underway to consider updates to the state interconnection standards. No changes have been finalized, though may be in 2016. The grades here are reflective of the official policy in place in 2015.

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, Municipal Solid Waste, CHP/Cogeneration, Anaerobic Digestion, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal, Microturbines, Other Distributed Generation Technologies

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

No limit specified

Standard Agreement

N/A

Insurance Requirements

N/A

External Disconnect Switch

N/A

Net Metering Required

N/A

recommendations

  • N/A

notes

Illinois net metering law is among the more oddly constructed state policies in one primary way that has influenced how it has been graded for Freeing the Grid. Several pieces of legislation enacted during 2011 and 2012 resulted in the current statute, which in theory allows net metering for systems sized up to 2 MW, but in practice places considerably more restrictive limits on system size. As a result of the 2011 and 2012 legislation, net metering is only available to customers whose electric service had not been deemed competitive as of July 1, 2011. This includes all residential customers, but only includes non-residential customers with electric loads of up to 100 kW in the Commonwealth Edison service territory, and up to 150 kW in the Ameren utilities service territory. Coupled with a requirement that systems be used primarily to offset on-site use, the maximum system size falls within the 100 _ 150 kW range and results in Illinois receiving a score of +1 in the system size limit category, rather than the +3 used for states that limit system size to a range from 500 kW to 2 MW. As of the end of 2015, state policy regulatory proceedings were underway to consider updates to the state interconnection standards. No changes have been finalized, though may be in 2016. The grades here are reflective of the official policy in place in 2015.

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, Municipal Solid Waste, CHP/Cogeneration, Anaerobic Digestion, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal, Microturbines, Other Distributed Generation Technologies

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

No limit specified

Bonus

N/A

recommendations

  • N/A

notes

Illinois net metering law is among the more oddly constructed state policies in one primary way that has influenced how it has been graded for Freeing the Grid. Several pieces of legislation enacted during 2011 and 2012 resulted in the current statute, which in theory allows net metering for systems sized up to 2 MW, but in practice places considerably more restrictive limits on system size. As a result of the 2011 and 2012 legislation, net metering is only available to customers whose electric service had not been deemed competitive as of July 1, 2011. This includes all residential customers, but only includes non-residential customers with electric loads of up to 100 kW in the Commonwealth Edison service territory, and up to 150 kW in the Ameren utilities service territory. Coupled with a requirement that systems be used primarily to offset on-site use, the maximum system size falls within the 100 _ 150 kW range and results in Illinois receiving a score of +1 in the system size limit category, rather than the +3 used for states that limit system size to a range from 500 kW to 2 MW. As of the end of 2015, state policy regulatory proceedings were underway to consider updates to the state interconnection standards. No changes have been finalized, though may be in 2016. The grades here are reflective of the official policy in place in 2015.