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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South Carolina

BNet Metering FInterconnection
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • N/A
  • F
  • N/A
  • F
  • F
  • F
  • D
  • D
  • B
  • B
  • B
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • N/A
  • F
  • F
  • F
  • F
  • F
  • F
  • F
  • F
  • F
  • F

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies

Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric, Hydrogen, Combined Heat & Power, Tidal, Wave, Wind (Small), Hydroelectric (Small), Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Investor-Owned Utility, Nonprofit, Municipal Utilities, Residential, Cooperative Utilities, Schools, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

All utilities with more than 100,00 customers, excluding cooperatives.

System Capacity Limit

20 kW for residential; 1000 kW for non-residential

Aggregate Capacity Limit

2% of average retail peak demand for previous 5 years

Net Excess Generation

Credited to customer's next bill on a monthly basis. Annual pay out to customer zeros out monthly carry-over.

REC Ownership

Not addressed

Meter Aggregation

Prohibited

recommendations

  • Address REC ownership Allow meter aggregation

notes

Senate Bill 1189 of 2014 required the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) to create a net-metering program (for utilities with PSC-approved distributed generation plans) for residential systems up to 20 kW-AC and non-residential systems up to 1 MW-AC. It also created a leasing program (in which utilities may participate) but prohibits 3rd-party electricity sales and leasing arrangements that occur outside of the state-approved leasing program. 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

Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric, Hydrogen, Combined Heat & Power, Tidal, Wave, Wind (Small), Hydroelectric (Small), Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels

Applicable Sectors

Commercial, Investor-Owned Utility, Nonprofit, Municipal Utilities, Residential, Cooperative Utilities, Schools, Institutional

Applicable Utilities

All utilities with more than 100,00 customers, excluding cooperatives.

System Capacity Limit

20 kW for residential; 1000 kW for non-residential

Aggregate Capacity Limit

2% of average retail peak demand for previous 5 years

Net Excess Generation

Credited to customer's next bill on a monthly basis. Annual pay out to customer zeros out monthly carry-over.

REC Ownership

Not addressed

Meter Aggregation

Prohibited

recommendations

  • Address REC ownership Allow meter aggregation

notes

Senate Bill 1189 of 2014 required the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) to create a net-metering program (for utilities with PSC-approved distributed generation plans) for residential systems up to 20 kW-AC and non-residential systems up to 1 MW-AC. It also created a leasing program (in which utilities may participate) but prohibits 3rd-party electricity sales and leasing arrangements that occur outside of the state-approved leasing program. 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, 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

100 kW for non-residential; 20 kW for residential

Standard Agreement

N/A

Insurance Requirements

N/A

External Disconnect Switch

N/A

Net Metering Required

N/A

recommendations

  • N/A

notes

Senate Bill 1189 of 2014 required the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) to create a net-metering program (for utilities with PSC-approved distributed generation plans) for residential systems up to 20 kW-AC and non-residential systems up to 1 MW-AC. It also created a leasing program (in which utilities may participate) but prohibits 3rd-party electricity sales and leasing arrangements that occur outside of the state-approved leasing program. 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, 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

100 kW for non-residential; 20 kW for residential

Bonus

N/A

recommendations

  • N/A

notes

Senate Bill 1189 of 2014 required the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) to create a net-metering program (for utilities with PSC-approved distributed generation plans) for residential systems up to 20 kW-AC and non-residential systems up to 1 MW-AC. It also created a leasing program (in which utilities may participate) but prohibits 3rd-party electricity sales and leasing arrangements that occur outside of the state-approved leasing program. 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.