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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Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, CHP/Cogeneration, Hydrogen, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels

Applicable Sectors

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

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

1 MW

Aggregate Capacity Limit

No limit specified

Net Excess Generation

Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; granted to utility at beginning of summer billing season

REC Ownership

Utility owns RECs (unless customer chooses to net meter under a time-of-use tariff)

Meter Aggregation

Not addressed

recommendations

  • Remove system size limitations to allow customers to meet all on-site energy needs Adopt safe harbor language to protect customer-sited generators from extra and/or unanticipated fees Extend net metering requirements to all utilities (i.e., munis and co-ops) Remove limitations on REC ownership

notes

North Carolina occupies a somewhat odd place in the U.S. solar market, having become a top tier state for mid-size grid supply solar projects, while very much lagging behind in the development of customer sited generation. To some degree, this is attributable to North Carolinas net metering rules, which can be fairly favorable under the right circumstances; but have elements that dramatically decrease the attractiveness of net metering for many customers. First, customers with systems larger than 100 kW are subject to standby charges. Second, all customers must enroll in a relatively unfavorable time-of-use rate with a demand component in order to retain ownership of their renewable energy credits. Third, while excess generation is carried forward at the retail rate, the customer is required to forfeit any remaining excess generation at the beginning of the summer billing season. In practice, this means that a typical residential customer that wishes to sell RECs is subject to both demand charges and tariff conditions that diminish the value of net excess generation, and in some cases may forfeit significant amounts of excess generation from the Spring months each year.

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, CHP/Cogeneration, Hydrogen, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels

Applicable Sectors

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

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

1 MW

Aggregate Capacity Limit

No limit specified

Net Excess Generation

Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; granted to utility at beginning of summer billing season

REC Ownership

Utility owns RECs (unless customer chooses to net meter under a time-of-use tariff)

Meter Aggregation

Not addressed

recommendations

  • Remove system size limitations to allow customers to meet all on-site energy needs Adopt safe harbor language to protect customer-sited generators from extra and/or unanticipated fees Extend net metering requirements to all utilities (i.e., munis and co-ops) Remove limitations on REC ownership

notes

North Carolina occupies a somewhat odd place in the U.S. solar market, having become a top tier state for mid-size grid supply solar projects, while very much lagging behind in the development of customer sited generation. To some degree, this is attributable to North Carolinas net metering rules, which can be fairly favorable under the right circumstances; but have elements that dramatically decrease the attractiveness of net metering for many customers. First, customers with systems larger than 100 kW are subject to standby charges. Second, all customers must enroll in a relatively unfavorable time-of-use rate with a demand component in order to retain ownership of their renewable energy credits. Third, while excess generation is carried forward at the retail rate, the customer is required to forfeit any remaining excess generation at the beginning of the summer billing season. In practice, this means that a typical residential customer that wishes to sell RECs is subject to both demand charges and tariff conditions that diminish the value of net excess generation, and in some cases may forfeit significant amounts of excess generation from the Spring months each year.

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Fuel Cells, Municipal Solid Waste, CHP/Cogeneration, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, 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

"Prohibit requirements for redundant external disconnect switch | Prohibit requirements for additional insurance | Extend interconnection procedures to all utilities (i.e., munis and co-ops)"

recommendations

  • Prohibit requirements for redundant external disconnect switch Prohibit requirements for additional insurance Extend interconnection procedures to all utilities (i.e., munis and co-ops)

notes

North Carolina occupies a somewhat odd place in the U.S. solar market, having become a top tier state for mid-size grid supply solar projects, while very much lagging behind in the development of customer sited generation. To some degree, this is attributable to North Carolinas net metering rules, which can be fairly favorable under the right circumstances; but have elements that dramatically decrease the attractiveness of net metering for many customers. First, customers with systems larger than 100 kW are subject to standby charges. Second, all customers must enroll in a relatively unfavorable time-of-use rate with a demand component in order to retain ownership of their renewable energy credits. Third, while excess generation is carried forward at the retail rate, the customer is required to forfeit any remaining excess generation at the beginning of the summer billing season. In practice, this means that a typical residential customer that wishes to sell RECs is subject to both demand charges and tariff conditions that diminish the value of net excess generation, and in some cases may forfeit significant amounts of excess generation from the Spring months each year.

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Fuel Cells, Municipal Solid Waste, CHP/Cogeneration, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, 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

  • Prohibit requirements for redundant external disconnect switch Prohibit requirements for additional insurance Extend interconnection procedures to all utilities (i.e., munis and co-ops)

notes

North Carolina occupies a somewhat odd place in the U.S. solar market, having become a top tier state for mid-size grid supply solar projects, while very much lagging behind in the development of customer sited generation. To some degree, this is attributable to North Carolinas net metering rules, which can be fairly favorable under the right circumstances; but have elements that dramatically decrease the attractiveness of net metering for many customers. First, customers with systems larger than 100 kW are subject to standby charges. Second, all customers must enroll in a relatively unfavorable time-of-use rate with a demand component in order to retain ownership of their renewable energy credits. Third, while excess generation is carried forward at the retail rate, the customer is required to forfeit any remaining excess generation at the beginning of the summer billing season. In practice, this means that a typical residential customer that wishes to sell RECs is subject to both demand charges and tariff conditions that diminish the value of net excess generation, and in some cases may forfeit significant amounts of excess generation from the Spring months each year.