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H.850

Introduced by   Representative Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

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Subject:  Public service; net metering; reversion at wholesale rates

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to amend the net metering laws to provide that when accumulated kilowatt-hour credit reverts to an electric company, 12 months after it is generated by net metering, the company shall be required to pay wholesale rates, as established by the public service board.  It also proposes that no company shall be required to pay for net-metered power that reverts, to the extent that it exceeds two times the annual kilowatt-hour consumption of the customer.

AN ACT RELATING TO PROVIDING THAT NET-METERED POWER THAT REVERTS TO AN ELECTRIC COMPANY SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE WHOLESALE POWER RATES

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;

(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)  Any accumulated kilowatt-hour credits shall be used within 12 months, or shall revert to the electric company, without any compensation which shall pay to the customer wholesale power rates, as determined by the board.  Power reverting to the electric company under this subdivision (3) shall be considered SPEED resources under section 8005 of this title.  No customer shall be entitled to compensation for power reverting to an electric company, to the extent that the power reverting exceeds two times the annual kilowatt-hour usage of 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 which shall pay to the farm system designee wholesale power rates, as determined by the board.  Power reverting to the electric company under this subdivision (3) shall be considered SPEED resources under section 8005 of this title.  No farm system shall be entitled to compensation for power reverting to an electric company, to the extent that the power reverting exceeds two times the annual kilowatt-hour usage of the farm system.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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