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Net Metering Program

Schedule 200

APPLICABILITY
This rate schedule shall apply to other PUD rate schedules as described below. 

DEFINITIONS

(A) “Cogeneration Facility” means a facility that provides or is capable of providing from a common fuel source both (i) thermal energy that is made available for processes and applications other than electrical generation and (ii) electric energy. To qualify under this Schedule 200, the Cogeneration Facility must meet the standards for “new qualifying facilities” established under 16 U.S.C. § 824a-3(n) and 18 C.F.R. § 292.205.

(B) “Net Metering System” means a fuel cell, a Cogeneration Facility, or a facility that produces electric energy using water, wind, solar energy or biogas from animal waste as a fuel if the facility:

    • has a nameplate capacity of not more than one hundred (100) kilowatts;
    • is located on the customer-generator’s premises;
    • operates in parallel with the PUD electric distribution system; and
    • is intended primarily to offset part or all of the customer-generator’s requirements for electricity.

(C) “Aggregated Meter” means a PUD meter located on customer-generator’s premises that the customer has requested be aggregated with the Net Meter for purposes of applying the energy from the customer’s Net Metering System.                         

(D) “Program Year” means the period from May 1 through April 30. 

(E) “Premises” means any residential property, commercial real estate, or lands, owned or leased by a customer-generator within the service area of the PUD.

(F) “Net Metering Aggregation” means the administrative combination of metered kWh from the customer-generator’s Net Meter and all Aggregated Meters, regardless of the rate class, on premises owned or leased by the customer-generator located within the PUD.

AVAILABILITY
The Net Metering Program is available to customers (i) who have a Net Metering System that can be interconnected to the PUD’s electric system without exceeding the limitations on the number of customer-owned generators that may be interconnected to the relevant distribution feeder line, circuit, or network as may be established by the PUD to protect public safety and system reliability, (ii) who purchase electric power from the PUD under the provisions of another PUD rate schedule, and (iii) who sign a Net Metering Agreement with the PUD allowing them to interconnect to and operate in parallel with the PUD electric distribution system.

The Net Metering Program is available to new participants on a first-come, first-served basis until such time as the cumulative nameplate capacity of fuel cells and generators participating in the program exceeds 3.638 megawatts (0.25% of the PUD’s peak demand in 1996). Not less than 1.819 megawatts (one-half of the PUD’s 1996 peak demand available for net metering systems) shall be reserved for the cumulative generating capacity attributable to Net Metering Systems that use water, wind, solar energy or biogas from animal waste as a fuel. Starting January 1, 2014, the Net Metering Program is available to new participants until such time as the cumulative nameplate capacity of fuel cells and generators participating in the program exceeds 7.275 megawatts (0.50% of the PUD’s peak demand in 1996). Also starting January 1, 2014, not less than 3.638 megawatts (one-half of the PUD’s 1996 peak demand available for net metering systems) shall be reserved for the cumulative generating capacity attributable to Net Metering Systems that use water, wind, solar energy or biogas from animal waste as a fuel.

The PUD will not provide wheeling or transmission services for a customer-generator. 

BILLING ADJUSTMENT
PUD charges for electric energy are adjusted as follows:

The customer shall pay for the net energy used by the customer in accordance with the following formula: (a) the customer shall pay for all electric energy used in any billing period in excess of the amount of electricity produced by the customer during that billing period; (b) the customer shall receive a credit for all electric energy produced during a billing period in excess of the amount of electric energy supplied by the PUD during that period, such credit to be applied to the customer’s future electric bills, except that; (c) any energy balance remaining in favor of the customer under the provisions of subparagraph (b) on April 30 of any calendar year shall be zeroed out with no further liability to the PUD and no credit to the customer for that balance. For the purposes of the Net Metering Program, “billing period” shall be the billing period applied to customers of the same class and in the same geographic area as a customer participating in the Net Metering Program. The price for electric energy provided to or credited to a customer under the Net Metering Program shall be the price charged for such electric energy by the PUD under the provisions of the rate schedule under which the customer receives service, as such rate schedule may be revised from time to time by the PUD’s Board of Commissioners. A customer participating in the Net Metering Program shall be billed on the schedule applicable to customers in the same class and geographic area as that customer and shall be subject to the payment terms specified in the PUD’s Customer Service Regulations.

The Net Metering Program billing adjustment only applies to charges for energy. A customer participating in the Net Metering Program is subject to all other charges, rates, terms and conditions, including any minimum charges, of the PUD rate schedule under which the customer receives service. 

SPECIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR NET METERING AGGREGATION

In addition to all other provisions of this schedule, the following provisions apply when the customer-generator requests Net Metering Aggregation:

(a) Aggregated Meter(s) must be and remain on customer-generator’s Premises.

(b) Aggregated Meter(s) must be and remain billed to the customer-generator.

(c) Aggregated Meter(s) and Net Meter(s) aggregated at the request of the customer-generator shall each have a Net Metering Aggregation Basic Charge applied annually to every meter requested by the customer-generator to be aggregated. The Net Meter Aggregation Basic Charge is non-refundable.

(d) Net Meter Aggregation requests must be received by the PUD 30 days prior to conclusion of the Program Year and accompanied by payment of the Net Metering Aggregation Basic Charge. See PUD’s Customer Service Regulations.

(e) Generated energy and excess generated kWh shall be subtracted from the metered kWh registered on the Net Meter first. At the conclusion of the program year, excess generated kWh shall be subtracted from the eligible charges on all Aggregated Meters on an equal kWh basis. Excess generated kWh which cannot be applied shall be zeroed out with no further liability to the PUD and no credit to the customer for that balance.

(f) All meters requested to be aggregated shall not change rate classes or rate schedules as a result of Net Metering Aggregation.

 

Effective Date: August 1, 2012