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Title 30: Public Service

Chapter 5: POWERS AND DUTIES OF DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD AS TO COMPANIES OTHER THAN RAILROADS AND AIRCRAFT

Sub-Chapter 1: General Powers

30 V.S.A. § 219a. Self-generation and net metering



[Section 219a effective until January 1, 2017; see also section 219a effective January 1, 2017 set out below.]§ 219a. Self-generation and net metering

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Capacity" means the rated electrical nameplate for a net metering system, except that for a solar net metering system, the term shall have the same meaning as set forth for a solar energy plant under "plant capacity" in section 8002 of this title.

(2) "Customer" means a retail electric consumer who uses a net metering system.

(3) "Environmental attributes" shall have the same meaning as under section 8002 of this title.

(4) "Facility" means a structure or piece of equipment and associated machinery and fixtures that generates electricity. A group of structures or pieces of equipment shall be considered one facility if it uses the same fuel source and infrastructure and is located in close proximity. Common ownership shall be relevant but not sufficient to determine that such a group constitutes a facility.

(5) "Net metering" means measuring the difference between the electricity supplied to a customer and the electricity fed back by a net metering system during the customer's billing period:

(A) using a single, nondemand meter or such other meter that would otherwise be applicable to the customer's usage but for the use of net metering; or

(B) on group systems, using multiple meters as specified in this chapter. The calculation will be made by converting all meters to a nondemand, nontime-of-day meter, and equalizing them to the tariffed kilowatt-hour rate.

(6) "Net metering system" means a facility for generation of electricity that:

(A) is of no more than 500 kW capacity;

(B) operates in parallel with facilities of the electric distribution system;

(C) is intended primarily to offset the customer's own electricity requirements; and

(D)(i) employs a renewable energy source as defined in subdivision 8002(17) of this title; or

(ii) is a qualified micro-combined heat and power system of 20 kW or fewer that meets the definition of combined heat and power in subsection 8015(b) of this title and may use any fuel source that meets air quality standards.

(7) "kW" means kilowatt or kilowatts (AC).

(8) "kWh" means kW hour or hours.

(9) "MW" means megawatt or megawatts (AC).

(10) "Tradeable renewable energy credits" shall have the same meaning as under section 8002 of this title.

(b) A customer shall pay the same rates, fees, or other payments and be subject to the same conditions and requirements as all other purchasers from the electric company in the same rate-class, except as provided for in this section, and except for appropriate and necessary conditions approved by the Board for the safety and reliability of the electric distribution system.

(c) The Board shall establish by rule or order standards and procedures governing application for, and issuance or revocation of a certificate of public good for net metering systems under the provisions of section 248 of this title. A net metering system shall be deemed to promote the public good of the State if it is in compliance with the criteria of this section and board rules or orders. In developing such rules or orders:

(1) With respect to a solar net metering system of 15 kW or less, the Board shall provide that the system may be installed ten days after the customer's submission to the Board and the interconnecting electric company of a completed registration form and certification of compliance with the applicable interconnection requirements. Within that ten-day period, the interconnecting electric company may deliver to the customer and the Board a letter detailing any issues concerning the interconnection of the system. The customer shall not commence construction of the system prior to the passage of this ten-day period and, if applicable, resolution by the Board of any interconnection issues raised by the electric company in accordance with this subsection. If the ten-day period passes without delivery by the electric company of a letter that raises interconnection issues in accordance with this subsection, a certificate of public good shall be deemed issued on the 11th day without further proceedings, findings of fact, or conclusions of law, and the customer may commence construction of the system. On request, the Clerk of the Board promptly shall provide the customer with written evidence of the system's approval. For the purpose of this subdivision, the following shall not be included in the computation of time: Saturdays, Sundays, State legal holidays under 1 V.S.A. § 371(a), and federal legal holidays under 5 U.S.C. § 6103(a).

(2) With respect to a net metering system for which a certificate of public good is not deemed issued under subdivision (1) of this subsection, the Board:

(A) may waive the requirements of section 248 of this title that are not applicable to net metering systems, including criteria that are generally applicable to public service companies as defined in this title;

(B) may modify notice and hearing requirements of this title as it deems appropriate;

(C) shall seek to simplify the application and review process as appropriate; and

(D) shall find that such rules are consistent with State power plans.

(3) The Board shall require that the registration or application for approval of a net metering system declare whether the customer retains ownership of the environmental attributes of any electricity generated by the net metering system or transfers ownership of those attributes to the interconnecting electric company.

(d)(1) An applicant for a certificate of public good for a net metering system shall be exempt from the requirements of subsection 202(f) of this title.

(2) Any certificate issued under this section shall be automatically transferred to any subsequent owner of the property served by the net metering system, provided, in accordance with rules adopted by the Board, the Board and the electric company are notified of the transfer, and the subsequent owner agrees to comply with the terms and conditions of the certificate.

(3) Nonuse of a certificate of public good for a period of one year following the date on which the certificate is issued or, under subdivision (c)(1) of this section, deemed issued shall constitute an abandonment of the net metering system and the certificate shall be considered expired. For the purpose of this section, for a certificate to be considered "used," installation of the net metering system must be completed within the one-year period, unless installation is delayed by litigation or unless, at the time the certificate is issued or in a subsequent proceeding, the Board provides that installation may be completed more than one year from the date the certificate is issued.

(e) Consistent with the other provisions of this title, electric energy measurement for net metering systems using a single nondemand meter that are not group systems shall be calculated in accordance with subdivisions (1)-(3) of this subsection, and electric energy measurement for net metering systems that use other types of meters shall be calculated in accordance with subdivision (4) of this subsection.

(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, each of the following shall apply:

(A) The electric company shall calculate a monetary credit to the customer by multiplying the excess kWh generated during the billing period by the kWh rate paid by the customer for electricity supplied by the company and shall apply the credit to any remaining charges on the customer's bill for that period. If the applicable rate schedule includes inclining block rates:

(i) for a net metering system that does not use solar energy, the rate used for this calculation shall be a blend of those rates determined by adding together all of the revenues to the company during a recent test year from kWh sold under those block rates and dividing the sum by the total kWh sold by the company at those rates during that same year; and

(ii) for a solar net metering system, the rate used for this calculation:

(I) during the ten years immediately following the system's installation shall be the highest of those block rates and, after this ten-year period, shall be the blended rate in accordance with subdivision (i) of this subdivision (A); or

(II) if the electric company's highest block rate exceeds the adder sum described in subdivision (h)(1)(K) of this section, then for the first year immediately following the system's installation, the electric company may use the adder sum to calculate the credit in lieu of the highest block rate, provided that during the following nine years, the electric company shall adjust the system's credit by a percentage equal to the percentage of each change in its highest block rate during the same period, and after the first ten years following the system's installation, the rate used to calculate the credit shall be the blended rate in accordance with subdivision (i) of this subdivision (A).

(B) If application to such charges does not use the entire balance of the credit, the remaining balance of the credit shall appear on the customer's bill for the following billing period.

(C) Any accumulated credits shall be used within 12 months, or shall revert to the electric company, without any compensation to the customer. Power reverting to the electric company under this subdivision (3) shall be considered SPEED resources under section 8005 of this title.

(4) For a net metering system serving a customer on a demand or time-of-use rate schedule, the manner of measurement and the application of bill credits for the electric energy produced or consumed shall be substantially similar to that specified in this subsection for use with a single nondemand meter. However, if such a net metering system is interconnected directly to the electric company through a separate meter whose primary purpose is to measure the energy generated by the system:

(A) The bill credits shall apply to all kWh generated by the net metering system and shall be calculated as if the customer were charged the kWh rate component of the interconnecting company's general residential rate schedule that consists of two rate components: a service charge and a kWh rate, excluding time-of-use rates and demand rates.

(B) If a company's general residential rate schedule includes inclining block rates, the residential rate used for this calculation shall be a rate calculated in the same manner as under subdivision (3)(A) of this subsection (e).

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

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

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

(3) If electricity generated by the group net metering system exceeds the electricity supplied by the electric company, the provisions of subdivision (e)(3) (credit for excess generation) of this section shall apply, with credits allocated to and appearing on the bill of each member of the group net metering system in accordance with subsection (g) (group net metering) of this section.

(4) The Board shall apply the provisions of subdivision (e)(4) of this section (measurement and credits; nonstandard meters) to group net metering systems that serve one or more customers who are on a demand or time-of-use rate schedule.

(g)(1) In addition to any other requirements of section 248 of this title and this section and Board rules thereunder, before a group net metering system including more than one meter may be formed and served by an electric company, the proposed group net metering system shall file with the Board, with copies to the department and the serving electric company, the following information:

(A) the meters to be included in the group net metering system, which shall be associated with the buildings and residences owned or occupied by the person operating the group net metering system, or the person's family or employees, or other members of the group, identified by account number and location;

(B) a procedure for adding and removing meters included in the group net metering system, and direction as to the manner in which the electric company shall allocate any accrued credits among the meters included in the system, which allocation subsequently may be changed only on written notice to the electric company in accordance with subdivision (4) of this subsection;

(C) a designated person responsible for all communications from the group net metering system to the serving electric company except for communications related to billing, payment, and disconnection; and

(D) a binding process for the resolution of any disputes within the group net metering system relating to net metering that does not rely on the serving electric company, the Board, or the Department. However, this subdivision (D) shall not apply to disputes between the serving electric company and individual members of a group net metering system regarding billing, payment, or disconnection.

(2) The group net metering system shall, at all times, maintain a written designation to the serving electric company of a person to receive any communications regarding the group net metering system or net metering that do not relate to billing, payment, or disconnection.

(3) The serving electric company shall bill directly and send all communications regarding billing, payment, and disconnection directly to the customer name and address listed for the account of each individual meter designated under subdivision (1)(A) of this subsection as being part of a group net metering system. The usage charges for any account so billed shall be based on the individual meter for the account. The credit applied on that bill for electricity generated by the group net metering system shall be calculated in the manner directed by the system under subdivision (1)(B) of this subsection.

(4) The serving electric company shall implement appropriate changes to the group net metering system within 30 days after receiving written notification from the designated person. However, written notification of a change in the person designated under subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be effective upon receipt by the serving electric company. The serving electric company shall not be liable for action based on such notification, but shall make any necessary corrections and bill adjustments to implement revised notifications.

(5) Pursuant to subsection 231(a) of this title, after such notice and opportunity for hearing as the Board may require, the Board may revoke a certificate of public good issued to a group net metering system.

(6) A group net metering system may consist only of customers that are located within the service area of the same electric company. Various buildings owned by municipalities, including water and wastewater districts, fire districts, villages, school districts, and towns, may constitute a group net metering system. A union or district school facility shall be considered in the same group net metering system with buildings of its member municipalities that are located within the service area of the same electric company that serves the facility. If it determines that it would promote the general good, the Board shall permit a noncontiguous group of net metering customers to comprise a group net metering system.

(h)(1) An electric company:

(A) Shall make net metering available to any customer using a net metering system or group net metering system on a first-come, first-served basis until the cumulative output capacity of net metering systems equals 15 percent of the distribution company's peak demand during 1996; or the peak demand during the most recent full calendar year, whichever is greater. However, after reaching this cap, an electric company may continue to accept solar net metering systems of 15 kW or less without prior Board approval. For other net metering systems, the Board may raise the 15 percent cap on petition of an electric company. In determining whether to raise the cap, the Board shall consider the following:

(i) the costs and benefits of net metering systems already connected to the system;

(ii) the potential costs and benefits of exceeding the cap, including potential short- and long-term impacts on rates, distribution system costs and benefits, reliability, and diversification costs and benefits; and

(iii) the environmental benefits and costs.

(B) Shall allow net metering systems to be interconnected using a kilowatt-hour meter capable of registering the flow of electricity in two directions or such other comparably equipped meter that would otherwise be applicable to the customer's usage but for the use of net metering.

(C) May, at its own expense, and with the written consent of the customer, install one or more additional meters to monitor the flow of electricity in each direction.

(D) Except as otherwise provided in this section, shall charge the customer a minimum monthly fee that is the same as for other customers of the electric distribution company in the same rate class, but shall not charge the customer any additional standby, capacity, interconnection, or other fee or charge.

(E) May require a customer to comply with generation interconnection, safety, and reliability requirements, as determined by the Public Service Board by rule or order, and may charge reasonable fees for interconnection, establishment, special metering, meter reading, accounting, account correcting, and account maintenance of net metering arrangements of greater than 15 kW capacity.

(F) May charge, if the capacity of the distribution system is insufficient for the designed generation, subject to determination by the Board, a reasonable fee to cover the cost of electric company improvements necessary to distribute power.

(G) May require that all meters included within a farm or group net metering system be read on the same billing cycle.

(H) May book and defer, with carrying costs, additional incremental costs, to the extent that such costs are not recovered through charges, authorized in subdivisions (D), (E), and (F) of this subdivision (1), directly related to implementing net metering of greater than 15 kilowatt (AC) capacity.

(I) At the option of a net metering customer of the company, may receive ownership of the environmental attributes of electricity generated by the customer's net metering system, including ownership of any associated tradeable renewable energy credits. If a customer elects this option, the company shall retain ownership of and shall retire the attributes and credits received from the customer, which shall apply toward compliance with any statutes enacted or rules adopted by the State requiring the company to own the environmental attributes of renewable energy.

(J) May in its rate schedules offer credits or other incentives that may include monetary payments to net metering customers. These credits or incentives shall not displace the benefits provided to such customers under subsections (e) and (f) of this section.

(K) Shall in its rate schedules offer a credit to each net metering customer using solar energy that shall apply to each kWh generated by the customer's solar net metering system and that shall not displace the benefits provided to such customers under subsections (e) and (f) of this section.

(i) The credit required by this subdivision (K) shall be the adder sum minus the residential rate per kWh charged by the company as of the date it files with the Board a proposed modification to its rate schedules to effect this subdivision (K) or to revise a credit previously instituted under this subdivision (K). Under this subdivision (K):

(I) The adder sum shall be $0.20 if the solar net metering system is of 15 kW capacity or less and otherwise shall be $0.19.

(II) The residential rate shall be the kWh rate charged by the company under its general residential rate schedule that consists of two rate components: a service charge and a kWh rate, and shall exclude time-of-use rates and demand rates.

(III) If a company's general residential rate schedule includes inclining block rates, the residential rate shall be the highest of those block rates.

(IV) Notwithstanding the basis for this credit calculation, the amount of the credit shall not fluctuate with changes in the underlying residential rate used to calculate the amount.

(ii) The electric company shall apply the credit calculated in accordance with subdivision (i) of this subdivision (1)(K) to generation from each net metering system using solar energy regardless of the customer's rate class. A credit under this subdivision (K) shall be applied to all charges on the customer's bill from the electric company and shall be subject to the provisions of subdivisions (e)(3)(B) (credit for unused balance) and (C) (12-month reversion) and (f)(3) (credit for excess generation; group net metering) of this section.

(iii) An electric company's proposed modification to a rate schedule to offer a credit under this subdivision (K) and any investigation initiated by the Board or party other than the company of an existing credit contained in such a rate schedule shall be reviewed in accordance with the procedures set forth in section 225 of this title, except that:

(I) A company's proposed modification shall take effect on filing with the Board and shall not be subject to suspension under section 226 of this title;

(II) Such a modification or investigation into an existing credit shall not require review of the company's entire cost of service; and

(III) Such a modification or existing credit may be altered by the Board for prospective effect only commencing with the date of the Board's decision.

(iv) An electric company shall not be required to offer a credit under this subdivision (K) if the result of the calculation described in subdivision (i) of this subdivision (1)(K) is zero or less.

(v) A solar net metering system shall receive the amount of the credit under this subdivision (K) that is in effect for the service territory in which the system is installed as of the date of the system's installation and shall continue to receive that amount for not less than 10 years after that date regardless of any subsequent modification to the credit as contained in the electric company's rate schedules.

(vi) If a solar net metering system placed into service prior to the interconnecting electric company's first rate schedule proposed to comply with this subdivision (1)(K) accepted that rate schedule, the system shall receive the credit for not less than 10 years after the date of that acceptance, provided that the system remains in service, and regardless of any subsequent modification to the credit as contained in the company's rate schedules.

(vii) Should an additional meter at the premises of the net metering customer be necessary to implement this subdivision (K), or should that meter need replacement because it fails or is destroyed, the net metering customer shall not pay a charge greater than the cost of the equipment and installation of the additional or replacement meter.

(2) All such requirements or credits or other incentives shall be pursuant to and governed by a tariff approved by the Board that is consistent with Board rules under this section, which tariffs and rules shall be designed in a manner reasonably likely to facilitate net metering. With respect to a credit or incentive under subdivision (1)(J) (optional credit or incentive) or (K) (solar credit) of this subsection (h) that is provided to a net metering system that constitutes new renewable energy under subdivision 8002(4) of this title:

(A) If the credit or incentive applies to each kWh generated by the system, then the system's energy production shall count toward the goals and requirements of subsection 8005(d) of this title.

(B) If the credit or incentive applies only to the system's net energy production supplied to the company, then the increment of net energy production supplied by the customer to the company through a net metering system that is supported by such additional credit or incentive shall count toward the goals and requirements of subsection 8005(d) of this title.

(i)(1) A net metering system using photovoltaic generation shall conform to applicable electrical safety, power quality, and interconnection requirements established by the National Electrical Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and Underwriters Laboratories. The customer shall be responsible for installation, testing, accuracy, and maintenance of net metering equipment.

(2) The Board shall adopt, by rule or order, electrical safety, power quality, and interconnection requirements for net metering equipment which uses generation technologies other than photovoltaic technology. In developing safety rules, and any amendments to those rules, the Board shall solicit input from representatives of utilities and agents representing line workers.

(3) The Board may adopt, by rule or order, additional safety, power quality, and interconnection requirements for customers that the Board determines are necessary to protect public safety and system reliability.

(4) An electric company may, at its own expense, and upon reasonable written notice to the customer, perform such testing and inspection of a net metering system in order to confirm that the system conforms to applicable electrical safety, power quality, and interconnection requirements.

(j) [Repealed.]

(k) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (f) and (g) of this section, an electric company may contract to purchase all or a portion of the output products from a group net metering system, provided:

(1) the group net metering system obtains a certificate of public good under the terms of subsections (c) and (d) of this section;

(2) any contracted power shall be subject to the limitations set forth in subdivision (h)(1) of this section;

(3) any contract shall be subject to interconnection and metering requirements in subdivisions (h)(1)(C) and (i)(2) and (3) of this section;

(4) any contract may permit all or a portion of the tradeable renewable energy credits for which the system is eligible to be transferred to the electric company;

(5) the output capacity of a system may exceed 500 kW, provided:

(A) the contract assigns the amount of power to be net metered; and

(B) the net metered amount does not exceed 500 kW; and

(C) only the amount assigned to net metering is assessed to the cap provided in subdivision (h)(1)(A) of this section.

( l ) The board shall adopt rules regarding the application of the esthetics criterion established in subdivision 248(b)(5) of this title to an application for a certificate under this section for a single, net metered wind turbine that is less than 150 feet in height.

(m)(1) A facility for the generation of electricity to be consumed primarily by the Military Department established under 3 V.S.A. § 212 and 20 V.S.A. § 361(a) or the National Guard as defined in 32 U.S.C. § 101(3), and installed on property of the Military Department or National Guard located in Vermont, shall be considered a net metering system for purposes of this section if it has a capacity of 2.2 MW or less and meets the provisions of subdivisions (a)(6)(B)-(D) of this section.

(2) If the interconnecting electric company agrees, a solar facility or group of solar facilities for the generation of electricity, to be installed by one or more municipalities on a closed landfill, shall be considered a net metering system for purposes of this section if the facility or group of facilities has a total capacity of 5 MW or less and meets the provisions of subdivisions (a)(6)(B)-(D) of this section. The facilities or group of facilities may serve as a group net metering system that includes and is limited to each participating municipality. In this subdivision (2), "municipality" shall have the same meaning as under 24 V.S.A. § 4551.

(3) In addition to facilities authorized under subdivision (2) of this subsection, an interconnecting electric company may agree to one solar facility in its service territory for the generation of electricity to be installed and consumed primarily by a customer or group of customers, which shall be considered a net metering system for purposes of this section if:

(A) the facility has a total capacity of 5 MW or less and meets the provisions of subdivisions (a)(6)(B)-(D) of this section; and

(B) the interconnecting electric company does not undertake a pilot project under subsection (n) of this section.

(4) A facility described in this subsection shall not be subject to and shall not count toward the capacity limits of subdivisions (a)(6)(A) (no more than 500 kW) and (h)(1)(A) (15 percent of peak demand) of this section.

(n) As a pilot project, an electric cooperative under chapter 81 of this title may construct a solar generation facility or group of solar generation facilities to produce power to be consumed by the company or its customers and to be installed on land owned or leased by the company.

(1) Under this pilot project, the Board shall consider the facility or group of facilities a net metering system if the cumulative capacity of the facility or group of facilities does not exceed five MW and each facility otherwise meets the definition of a net metering system. In applying this definition to the facility or group of facilities, the Board shall treat the electric cooperative's consumption as the consumption of a customer.

(2) As part of this pilot project, the electric cooperative may propose to the Board alternatives to the requirements of subsections (b) (same rates and charges), (e) (credits; single meter systems), (f) (credits; group net metering systems), and (g) (requirements; group net metering systems) and subdivision (h)(1)(K) (required solar incentive) of this section, including alternative credit amounts, bill procedures, and energy measurement methodologies. Using the procedures set forth in section 225 of this title, the Board may approve these alternatives if it determines that they are just and reasonable.

(3) Under this pilot project, the electric cooperative may seek siting approval for the facility or group of facilities pursuant to the Board's order issued under subsection 8007(b) of this title, notwithstanding that subsection's limitation to plants with a plant capacity greater than 150 kW and 2.2 MW or less.

(4) If an electric cooperative elects to implement a pilot project under this subsection, then:

(A) the allocation of the pilot project toward the cooperative's cumulative output capacity under subdivision (h)(1)(A) of this section shall be four percent; and

(B) any remaining unallocated capacity of the cooperative under subdivision (h)(1)(A) of this section as of the effective date of this subsection shall be allocated equally among calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016, with any unused capacity in 2014 carried forward to and allocated equally between the other two years.

( o ) An electric company that meets and maintains the renewable energy achievement requirements of subdivision (1) of this subsection (the achievement requirements) shall obtain relief from the obligations described in subdivision (2) of this subsection by submitting to the Board a proposed rate schedule for an alternative net metering program under subdivision (3) of this subsection within 90 days of meeting the achievement requirements.

(1) This renewable energy achievement provision shall require that:

(A) the cumulative output capacity of net metering systems installed in the electric company's service territory, calculated in accordance with subdivision (h)(1)(A) of this section, meets or exceeds 10 percent;

(B) the electric company owns and has retired tradeable renewable energy credits monitored and traded on the New England Generation Information System or otherwise approved by the Board equivalent to 90 percent of the company's total periodic retail sales of electricity calculated on a monthly basis commencing with April 1, 2014 and switching to an annual basis beginning April 1, 2015; and

(C) the electric company certifies, by annual written submission to the Board, compliance with the requirements of subdivisions (1)(A) and (B) of this subsection (o).

(2) The obligations for which this subsection authorizes relief are the obligations to make net metering available in accordance with subsections (b) (same rates and charges), (e) (measurement; credits), (f) (credits; group net metering systems), (g) (requirements; group net metering systems), and (h) (electric company obligations; authority) of this section.

(3) Using the procedures set forth in section 225 of this title, an electric company that meets the achievement requirements may propose to the Board a rate schedule to implement a net metering program in its service territory that may have a capacity limit that differs from the limit contained in the definition of net metering system, that may require the company to own all or a portion of the environmental attributes of generation within the program and any associated tradeable renewable energy credits, that may require customer charges or other charges to capture fixed costs necessary to support the utility's infrastructure, and that may propose alternatives to the requirements listed in subdivision (2) of this subsection, including alternative credit amounts, bill procedures, and energy measurement methodologies. The Board may approve this rate schedule if it determines that it is just and reasonable.

(p) The Department of Public Service shall maintain a web page with current information on the capacity of net metering systems installed and interconnected in Vermont.

(1) This web page shall:

(A) state the total number and capacity of these systems statewide, by electric company service territory, and by category of renewable energy technology such as solar or wind; and

(B) state the progress of each electric company toward the cumulative output capacity described in subdivision (h)(1)(A) of this section.

(2) To effectuate this web page:

(A) At a frequency and in the manner directed by the Department, each electric company shall report to the Department the total number and capacity of net metering systems installed and interconnected in the company's service territory, with an itemization of these systems by category of renewable energy technology.

(B) In the first report submitted under this subdivision (2), each electric company shall provide the total number and capacity of net metering systems installed and interconnected in the company's service territory up to the date of the report, with an itemization of these systems by category of renewable energy. (Added 1997, No. 136 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 21, 1998; amended 1999, No. 157 (Adj. Sess.), § 17; 2001, No. 145 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 2005, No. 208 (Adj. Sess.), § 12; 2007, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 14; 2009, No. 159 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. June 4, 2010; 2011, No. 47, § 1, eff. May 27, 2011; 2011, No. 125 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. June 10, 2012; 2011, No. 125 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 1, 3, 4, 5, eff. May 11, 2012; 2013, No. 99 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. April 1, 2014.)


[Section 219a effective January 1, 2017; see also section 219a effective until January 1, 2017 set out above.]§ 219a. Repealed. 2013, No. 99 (Adj. Sess.), § 10(c), effective January 1, 2017.