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Net Metering and
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
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
•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
•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 disconnect.
•Consumer and manufacturer
•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.
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,
•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
•Must meet all applicable
codes including local codes and NEC.
•Annual recorded tests by
member-generator to confirm safety operation
(as per agreement with
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 grid.
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:
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