Subchapter B. NET METERING


Sec.


75.11.    Scope.
75.12.    Definitions.
75.13.    General provisions.
75.14.    Meters and metering.
75.15.    Treatment of stranded costs.

§ 75.11. Scope.

 This subchapter sets forth net metering requirements that apply to EGSs and EDCs which have customer-generators intending to pursue net metering opportunities in accordance with the act.

§ 75.12. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Base year—For customer-generators who initiated self generation on or after January 1, 1999, the base year will be the immediate prior calendar year; for all other customer generators, the base year will be 1996.

   Billing month—The term has the same meaning as set forth in §  56.2 (relating to definitions).

   Customer-generator facility—The equipment used by a customer-generator to generate, manage, monitor and deliver electricity to the EDC.

   Electric distribution system—That portion of an electric system which delivers electricity from transformation points on the transmission system to points of connection at a customer’s premises.

   Meter aggregation—The combination of readings from and billing for all meters regardless of rate class on properties owned or leased and operated by a customer-generator for properties located within the service territory of a single EDC. Meter aggregation may be completed through physical or virtual meter aggregation.

   Net metering—The means of measuring the difference between the electricity supplied by an electric utility or EGS and the electricity generated by a customer-generator when any portion of the electricity generated by the alternative energy generating system is used to offset part or all of the customer-generator’s requirements for electricity.

   Physical meter aggregation—The physical rewiring of all meters regardless of rate class on properties owned or leased and operated by a customer-generator to provide a single point of contact for a single meter to measure electric service for that customer-generator.

   Virtual meter aggregation—The combination of readings and billing for all meters regardless of rate class on properties owned or leased and operated by a customer-generator by means of the EDC’s billing process, rather than through physical rewiring of the customer-generator’s property for a physical, single point of contact. Virtual meter aggregation on properties owned or leased and operated by a customer-generator and located within 2 miles of the boundaries of the customer-generator’s property and within a single electric distribution company’s service territory shall be eligible for net metering.

   Year and yearly—Planning year as determined by the PJM Interconnection, LLC regional transmission organization.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  75.12 amended under 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  75.12 amended November 28, 2008, effective November 29, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 6473. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (324588) to (324589).

§ 75.13. General provisions.

 (a)  EDCs shall offer net metering to customer-generators that generate electricity on the customer-generator’s side of the meter using Tier I or Tier II alternative energy sources, on a first come, first served basis. EGSs may offer net metering to customer-generators, on a first come, first served basis, under the terms and conditions as are set forth in agreements between EGSs and customer-generators taking service from EGSs.

 (b)  An EDC shall file a tariff with the Commission that provides for net metering consistent with this chapter. An EDC shall file a tariff providing net metering protocols that enable EGSs to offer net metering to customer-generators taking service from EGSs. To the extent that an EGS offers net metering service, the EGS shall prepare information about net metering consistent with this chapter and provide that information with the disclosure information required in §  54.5 (relating to disclosure statement for residential and small business customers).

 (c)  The EDC shall credit a customer-generator at the full retail rate, which shall include generation, transmission and distribution charges, for each kilowatt-hour produced by a Tier I or Tier II resource installed on the customer-generator’s side of the electric revenue meter, up to the total amount of electricity used by that customer during the billing period. If a customer generator supplies more electricity to the electric distribution system than the EDC delivers to the customer-generator in a given billing period, the excess kilowatt hours shall be carried forward and credited against the customer-generator’s usage in subsequent billing periods at the full retail rate. Any excess kilowatt hours shall continue to accumulate until the end of the year. For customer-generators involved in virtual meter aggregation programs, a credit shall be applied first to the meter through which the generating facility supplies electricity to the distribution system, then through the remaining meters for the customer-generator’s account equally at each meter’s designated rate.

 (d)  At the end of each year, the EDC shall compensate the customer-generator for any excess kilowatt-hours generated by the customer-generator over the amount of kilowatt hours delivered by the EDC during the same year at the EDC’s price to compare.

 (e)  The credit or compensation terms for excess electricity produced by customer-generators who are customers of EGSs shall be stated in the service agreement between the customer-generator and the EGS.

 (f)  If a customer-generator switches electricity suppliers, the EDC shall treat the end of the service period as if it were the end of the year.

 (g)  An EDC and EGS which offer net metering shall submit an annual net metering report to the Commission. The report shall be submitted by July 30 of each year, and include the following information for the reporting period ending May 31 of that year:

   (1)  The total number of customer-generator facilities.

   (2)  The total estimated rated generating capacity of its net metering customer-generators.

 (h)  A customer-generator that is eligible for net metering owns the alternative energy credits of the electricity it generates, unless there is a contract with an express provision that assigns ownership of the alternative energy credits to another entity or the customer-generator expressly rejects any ownership interest in alternative energy credits under §  75.14(d) (relating to meters and metering).

 (i)  An EDC shall provide net metering at nondiscriminatory rates identical with respect to rate structure, retail rate components and any monthly charges to the rates charged to other customers that are not customer-generators. An EDC may use a special load profile for the customer-generator which incorporates the customer-generator’s real time generation if the special load profile is approved by the Commission.

 (j)  An EDC may not charge a customer-generator a fee or other type of charge unless the fee or charge would apply to other customers that are not customer-generators. The EDC may not require additional equipment or insurance or impose any other requirement unless the additional equipment, insurance or other requirement is specifically authorized under this chapter or by order of the Commission.

 (k)  Nothing in this subchapter abrogates a person’s obligation to comply with other applicable law.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  75.13 amended 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  75.13 amended November 28, 2008, effective November 29, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 6437. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (324589) to (324590).

§ 75.14. Meters and metering.

 (a)  A customer-generator facility used for net metering must be equipped with a single bidirectional meter that can measure and record the flow of electricity in both directions at the same rate. If the customer-generator agrees, a dual meter arrangement may be substituted for a single bidirectional meter.

 (b)  If the customer-generator’s existing electric metering equipment does not meet the requirements in subsection (a), the EDC shall install new metering equipment for the customer-generator at the EDC’s expense. Any subsequent metering equipment change necessitated by the customer-generator shall be paid for by the customer-generator.

 (c)  When the customer-generator intends to take title or transfer title to any alternative energy credits which may be produced by the customer-generator’s facility, the customer-generator shall bear the cost of additional net metering equipment required to qualify the alternative energy credits in accordance with the act.

 (d)  When the customer-generator expressly rejects ownership of alternative energy credits produced by the customer-generator’s facility, the EDC may supply additional metering equipment required to qualify the alternative energy credit at the EDC’s expense. In those circumstances, the EDC shall take title to any alternative energy credit produced. An EDC shall, prior to taking title to any alternative energy credits produced by a customer-generator, fully inform the customer-generator of the potential value of the alternative energy credits and other options available to the customer-generator for the disposition of those credits. A customer-generator is not prohibited from having a qualified meter service provider install metering equipment for the measurement of generation, or from selling alternative energy credits to a third party other than an EDC.

 (e)  Virtual meter aggregation on properties owned or leased and operated by a customer-generator shall be allowed for purposes of net metering. Virtual meter aggregation shall be limited to meters located on properties owned or leased and operated within 2 miles of the boundaries of the customer-generator’s property and within a single EDC’s service territory. Physical meter aggregation shall be at the customer-generator’s expense. The EDC shall provide the necessary equipment to complete physical aggregation. If the customer-generator requests virtual meter aggregation, it shall be provided by the EDC at the customer-generator’s expense. The customer-generator shall be responsible only for any incremental expense entailed in processing his account on a virtual meter aggregation basis.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  75.13 amended 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  75.14 amended November 28, 2008, effective November 29, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 6437. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (324590) to (324591).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  75.13 (relating to general provisions).

§ 75.15. Treatment of stranded costs.

 

   If a net metering small commercial, commercial or industrial customer’s self-generation results in a 10% or more reduction in the customer’s purchase of electricity through the EDC’s transmission and distribution network for an annualized period when compared to the prior annualized period, the net metering small commercial, commercial or industrial customer shall be responsible for its share of stranded costs to prevent interclass or intraclass cost shifting under 66 Pa.C.S. §  2808(a) (relating to competitive transition charge). The net metering small commercial, commercial or industrial customer’s stranded cost obligation shall be calculated based upon the applicable ‘‘base year’’ as defined in this chapter.



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