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

F

arkansas

A

california

A

colorado

A

connecticut

A

delaware

A

Dist. of Columbia

A

florida

B

georgia

F

hawaii

F

idaho

C

illinois

A

indiana

B

iowa

B

kansas

C

kentucky

B

louisiana

C

maine

B

maryland

A

massachusetts

A

michigan

B

minnesota

B

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

B

virginia

C

west virginia

A

wisconsin

D

wyoming

D

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Rhode Island

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  • D
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  • B
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Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

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

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government, Federal Government, Agricultural, Low Income Residential, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

10 MW (effective September 2016) Systems must be sized to produce no more than an average of three years of annual consumption of energy at the account.

Aggregate Capacity Limit

3% of peak load for Block Island Power Company and Pascoag Utility District Other Utilities (National Grid): No aggregate cap.

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

Legislation enacted in 2016 amended the net metering policy in Rhode Island to establish community virtual net metering, increase system size capacity from 5 MW to 10 MW, allow third party owned systems to be eligible for net metering, and other programmatic changes. The state had enacted legislation in 2011 to standardize the application process for the interconnection of customer-sited renewable-energy systems to the state’s distribution grid, but this policy is not nearly as comprehensive as interconnection standards established by many other states.

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

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

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government, Federal Government, Agricultural, Low Income Residential, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

10 MW (effective September 2016) Systems must be sized to produce no more than an average of three years of annual consumption of energy at the account.

Aggregate Capacity Limit

3% of peak load for Block Island Power Company and Pascoag Utility District Other Utilities (National Grid): No aggregate cap.

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

Legislation enacted in 2016 amended the net metering policy in Rhode Island to establish community virtual net metering, increase system size capacity from 5 MW to 10 MW, allow third party owned systems to be eligible for net metering, and other programmatic changes. The state had enacted legislation in 2011 to standardize the application process for the interconnection of customer-sited renewable-energy systems to the state’s distribution grid, but this policy is not nearly as comprehensive as interconnection standards established by many other states.

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

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

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government, Federal Government, Agricultural, Multifamily Residential, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

Not specified

Standard Agreement

No

Insurance Requirements

Not addressed

External Disconnect Switch

Not addressed

Net Metering Required

No

recommendations

  • The state should adopt IRECs model interconnection procedures

notes

Legislation enacted in 2016 amended the net metering policy in Rhode Island to establish community virtual net metering, increase system size capacity from 5 MW to 10 MW, allow third party owned systems to be eligible for net metering, and other programmatic changes. The state had enacted legislation in 2011 to standardize the application process for the interconnection of customer-sited renewable-energy systems to the state’s distribution grid, but this policy is not nearly as comprehensive as interconnection standards established by many other states.

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

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

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government, Federal Government, Agricultural, Multifamily Residential, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

Investor-owned utilities

System Capacity Limit

Not specified

Bonus

Not addressed

recommendations

  • The state should adopt IRECs model interconnection procedures

notes

Legislation enacted in 2016 amended the net metering policy in Rhode Island to establish community virtual net metering, increase system size capacity from 5 MW to 10 MW, allow third party owned systems to be eligible for net metering, and other programmatic changes. The state had enacted legislation in 2011 to standardize the application process for the interconnection of customer-sited renewable-energy systems to the state’s distribution grid, but this policy is not nearly as comprehensive as interconnection standards established by many other states.