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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Rhode Island

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  • D
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Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Ocean Thermal, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels

Applicable Sectors

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

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

5 MW (systems must be "reasonably designed" to generate only up to 100% of annual electricity consumption)

Aggregate Capacity Limit

3% of peak load (2 MW reserved for systems under 50 kW)

Net Excess Generation

Credited at avoided cost; rolled over to next bill or purchased by utility

REC Ownership

Not addressed

Meter Aggregation

Allowed

recommendations

  • Increase limit on overall enrollment to at least 5% of utility’s peak capacity Expand net metering to all utilities (i.e., munis and co-ops)

notes

Rhode Island has not made any significant changes to its net metering policy since 2011. As revised in 2011, the law provides for a system that resembles net metering, but which could be argued is not net metering as practiced in other states. As currently constructed, the law provides that a net metering customer receives _net metering creditsî that offset up to 100% of the customers usage during a month, and is _paidî for generation of up to 25% in excess of consumption at the utilitys standard service offer (SSO) rate. Thus the customer may offset on-site consumption with self-generation at the retail rate during a billing period (i.e., net metering) and carry over excess of up to 25% at the SSO rate, but the transaction itself could be seen as blurring the line between net metering and a buy-all, sell-all rate. In 2014, Rhode Island enacted legislation modestly increasing its score by removing the former 3% of statewide peak load aggregate net metering cap for National Grid (the utility provider for 98.5% of the states electric customers), and clarifying that net metering customers own the renewable energy credits produced by their systems (formerly unspecified).

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Ocean Thermal, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels

Applicable Sectors

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

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

5 MW (systems must be "reasonably designed" to generate only up to 100% of annual electricity consumption)

Aggregate Capacity Limit

3% of peak load (2 MW reserved for systems under 50 kW)

Net Excess Generation

Credited at avoided cost; rolled over to next bill or purchased by utility

REC Ownership

Not addressed

Meter Aggregation

Allowed

recommendations

  • Increase limit on overall enrollment to at least 5% of utility’s peak capacity Expand net metering to all utilities (i.e., munis and co-ops)

notes

Rhode Island has not made any significant changes to its net metering policy since 2011. As revised in 2011, the law provides for a system that resembles net metering, but which could be argued is not net metering as practiced in other states. As currently constructed, the law provides that a net metering customer receives _net metering creditsî that offset up to 100% of the customers usage during a month, and is _paidî for generation of up to 25% in excess of consumption at the utilitys standard service offer (SSO) rate. Thus the customer may offset on-site consumption with self-generation at the retail rate during a billing period (i.e., net metering) and carry over excess of up to 25% at the SSO rate, but the transaction itself could be seen as blurring the line between net metering and a buy-all, sell-all rate. In 2014, Rhode Island enacted legislation modestly increasing its score by removing the former 3% of statewide peak load aggregate net metering cap for National Grid (the utility provider for 98.5% of the states electric customers), and clarifying that net metering customers own the renewable energy credits produced by their systems (formerly unspecified).

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

N/A

Applicable Sectors

N/A

Applicable Utilities

N/A

System Capacity Limit

N/A

Standard Agreement

N/A

Insurance Requirements

N/A

External Disconnect Switch

N/A

Net Metering Required

Applications and agreements accepted electronically; Insurance Waived for Generators up to 25 kW; Dispute resolution process adopted to address disputes

recommendations

  • The state should adopt IRECs model interconnection procedures

notes

Rhode Island has not made any significant changes to its net metering policy since 2011. As revised in 2011, the law provides for a system that resembles net metering, but which could be argued is not net metering as practiced in other states. As currently constructed, the law provides that a net metering customer receives _net metering creditsî that offset up to 100% of the customers usage during a month, and is _paidî for generation of up to 25% in excess of consumption at the utilitys standard service offer (SSO) rate. Thus the customer may offset on-site consumption with self-generation at the retail rate during a billing period (i.e., net metering) and carry over excess of up to 25% at the SSO rate, but the transaction itself could be seen as blurring the line between net metering and a buy-all, sell-all rate. In 2014, Rhode Island enacted legislation modestly increasing its score by removing the former 3% of statewide peak load aggregate net metering cap for National Grid (the utility provider for 98.5% of the states electric customers), and clarifying that net metering customers own the renewable energy credits produced by their systems (formerly unspecified).

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

N/A

Applicable Sectors

N/A

Applicable Utilities

N/A

System Capacity Limit

N/A

Bonus

N/A

recommendations

  • The state should adopt IRECs model interconnection procedures

notes

Rhode Island has not made any significant changes to its net metering policy since 2011. As revised in 2011, the law provides for a system that resembles net metering, but which could be argued is not net metering as practiced in other states. As currently constructed, the law provides that a net metering customer receives _net metering creditsî that offset up to 100% of the customers usage during a month, and is _paidî for generation of up to 25% in excess of consumption at the utilitys standard service offer (SSO) rate. Thus the customer may offset on-site consumption with self-generation at the retail rate during a billing period (i.e., net metering) and carry over excess of up to 25% at the SSO rate, but the transaction itself could be seen as blurring the line between net metering and a buy-all, sell-all rate. In 2014, Rhode Island enacted legislation modestly increasing its score by removing the former 3% of statewide peak load aggregate net metering cap for National Grid (the utility provider for 98.5% of the states electric customers), and clarifying that net metering customers own the renewable energy credits produced by their systems (formerly unspecified).