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Net Metering and Interconnection Act
This act requires retail electric suppliers to make net metering
available to members who have their own electric generation units
that meet certain criteria, one of which is that the unit is
powered by renewable energy resources.
Net metering is
where the member can have a one to one offset of their usage of electricity
supplied by the electric utility and receive credit for the electricity he or she generates in excess of the electricity
supplied by the electric utility.
Net metering provides the best of both worlds for consumers who choose
to invest in renewable energy technology: they have the security of
grid connection, but are also compensated for excess power they
produce that's fed into the grid. As such, it provides an incentive
for investing in small-scale renewables. Furthermore, it prevents
utility companies from discouraging installation of renewable systems.
Grundy Electric Cooperative has a net metering agreement for
interconnection of a distributed generation source. Our policy,
agreement and application now reflect the new standards set by the
Net Metering and Easy Connection Act as of January 1, 2008.
Net metering will be made available to members on a first-come
first-served basis until the total rated generating capacity
of the net metering systems equals 5 percent of the
utility's single-hour peak load during the previous year. Some of the provisions include the following:
- Is intended to primarily offset part of all of the
consumer-generator's own electrical energy requirements.
- Is interconnected and operates in parallel phase and synchronization with
the retail electric supplier.
- Meets all safety, performance, interconnection, and reliability standards.
- The installation must be certified by a qualified professional
electrician or engineer.
- Change in ownership requires a new application.
- The retail electric supplier shall have no liability absent a showing of
clear and convincing evidence of their fault.
- Any seller, installer, and or manufacturer who misrepresents any electric
generation unit's safety or performance standards may be investigated by
the state attorney general. They are also liable for damages to property
or persons if they knowingly misrepresent any performance and/or safety
aspects of an electric generation unit.
- Any consumer, who connects in parallel phase and synchronization with any
retail electric supplier without written approval, can be immediately and
without notice disconnected from electric service.
- The manufacturer of any electric generation unit may be held liable for
any damage to property or person caused by a defect in the generation unit
of a consumer-generator.
- Full retail is paid (credited) for all energy put on the grid up to the
amount purchased that month from the utility.
- Avoided cost (at a minimum) is paid for all energy put on the grid in
excess of that month's use. This amount can remain as a credit on the
member's bill for up to a maximum of one year or up to the time of service
- Consumer and manufacturer assume liability.
- Members pay for special metering costs necessary to accommodate the
- All charges to the member must be based on the standard rate base with no
additional charges for capacity, standby, and/or fees or charges.
- Signed agreement Application/Agreement for Net Metering must be in place
prior to interconnection.
- All hardware must meet (but not limited to) specifications of: UL 1741,
IEEE 929-2000, IEEE 1547.
- Automatic mechanism to disable the system and prevent back-feed by the
member's generation unit is required.
- Utility may require a visible lockable safety disconnect.
- Supply site specific power flow, wiring-diagram.
- Must meet all applicable codes including local codes and NEC.
- Annual recorded tests by member-generator to confirm safety operation
(as per agreement with utility).
Simple interconnection procedures that standardize interconnection
for all Missourians are necessary to promote the use of renewable
energy in Missouri. The ECA makes it easier and more cost-effective
for Missourians to connect small renewable energy systems to the
Grundy Electric Cooperative supports sound renewable energy. We just
ask that our members do their homework before spending thousands of
dollars to add solar, wind, or any type of renewable energy source to
their home. For more information, please contact our operations
department toll free at: 1-800-279-2249.
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