Download this document in MS Word format


AutoFill Template

S.231

Introduced by   Senator Condos of Chittenden District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public service; net metering; unused kilowatt-hour credits

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to repeal provisions of the net metering law that provide that any unused kilowatt-hour credits remaining at the beginning of a calendar year shall revert to the electric company without compensation.

AN ACT RELATING TO NET METERING AND UNUSED             KILOWATT-HOUR CREDITS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 219a(e) and (f) are amended to read:

(e)  Consistent with the other provisions of this title, electric energy measurement for net metering systems using a single nondemand meter that are not farm systems shall be calculated in the following manner:

(1)  The electric company which serves the net metering customer shall measure the net electricity produced or consumed during the customer’s billing period, in accordance with normal metering practices.

(2)  If the electricity supplied by the electric company exceeds the electricity generated by the customer and fed back to the electric distribution system during the billing period, the customer shall be billed for the net electricity supplied by the electric company, in accordance with normal metering practices.

(3)  If electricity generated by the customer exceeds the electricity supplied by the electric company:

(A)  The customer shall be billed for the appropriate charges for that month, in accordance with subsection (b) of this section; and

(B)  The customer shall be credited for the excess kilowatt-hours generated during the billing period, with this kilowatt-hour credit appearing on the bill for the following billing period; and

(C)  At the beginning of each calendar year, any remaining unused kilowatt-hour credit accumulated during the previous year shall revert to the electric company, without any compensation to the customer.

(4)  For net metering systems using time of day, demand, or other types of metering, the board shall specify the manner of measurement and the application of bill credits for the electric energy produced or consumed in a manner substantially similar to that specified in this subsection for use with a single nondemand meter.

(f)  Consistent with the other provisions of this title, electric energy measurement for net metering farm systems shall be calculated in the following manner:

(1)  Net metering customers that are farm systems may credit on-site generation against all meters designated to the farm system under subdivision (g)(1)(A) of this section;

(2)  Electric energy measurement for farm systems shall be calculated by subtracting total usage of all meters included in the farm system from total generation by the farm system.  If the electricity generated by the farm system is less than the total usage of all meters included in the farm system during the billing period, the farm system shall be credited for any accumulated   kilowatt-hour credit and then billed for the net electricity supplied by the electric company, in accordance with the procedures in subsection (g) of this section.

(3)  If electricity generated by the farm system exceeds the electricity supplied by the electric company:

(A)  The farm system shall be billed for the appropriate charges for each meter for that month, in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

(B)  Excess kilowatt-hours generated during the billing period shall be added to the accumulated balance with this kilowatt-hour credit appearing on the bill for the following billing period.

(C)  Any accumulated kilowatt-hour credits shall be used within 12 months or shall revert to the electric company without any compensation to the farm system.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us