Net Metering

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska's net metering regulations became effective on June 16. In essence, net metering allows a customer to install and use certain types of renewable generation to offset their monthly usage and sell excess power to their serving utility. The net metering requirements adopted by the Commission apply to electric utilities that are economically regulated and sell more than 5 million kilowatt-hours a year. Ten Alaska utilities meet this criteria: Alaska Power Company, Bethel Utilities Corporation, Inside Passage Electric Cooperative, TDX North Slope Generating, Alaska Electric Light & Power, Homer Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association, Municipal Light & Power, Golden Valley Electric Association and Chugach.

Here are some of the key provisions of the net metering regulations.

Approved interconnection standards in tariff..

Utilities can limit installed capacity to a total of 1.5% of average retail demand.

Net metering is restricted to certain renewable generation technologies.

Nameplate capacity of no more than 25 kw.

Located on customer premises.

Used primarily to offset part or all of the consumers electric requirements.

Interconnected to the customers side of the meter.

Electric energy to be netted monthly.

Customers can offset some or all of their monthly usage.

Utility bills at regular tariff rate for retail consumption.

Customers to receive monetary credit at the utility's tariffed non-firm power rate for excess kwh generation.

Dollar-amount credits used to reduce subsequent monthly bills.

Dollar-amount credits do not expire.

Utilities may bill net-metered customers for all other applicable tariffed charges.

Utilities may not charge a net-metered customer additional fees unless approved by the RCA.

Utilities may petition the Commission to change rate designs to create appropriate rate classes for net metering customers, if the utility can demonstrate an adverse impact on other customers.

Chugach's operating tariff contains net metering service conditions, interconnection requirements, and buyback rates. For additional information, please see:

Net Metering Service (Service Conditions)

Buyback Rates

Interconnection Guidelines For Non-Utility Generation (August 2008, rev. 6/8/2010)

Order Readopting Regulations (April 26, 2010)

Planning & Zoning PZC Case No. 2010-038

Renewable Energy Atlas of Alaska

Municipality of Anchorage Ordinance No. AO 2010-50

For further information contact:

Chugach Electric Association, Inc.
Lindsay Briggs, Planning Engineer