but may not charge end users at a rate higher than the serving utility's otherwise applicable rate for that class of utility customer. The public utilities commission (PUC) is directed to adopt rules encouraging landlords and tenants in multi-unit buildings to share in the costs and benefits of installing new distributed generation facilities.
Section 5 requires a qualifying retail utility to allow, and to adopt standards for the approval of, customer-owned meter collar adapters in residential installations. The
public utilities commission (PUC) PUC retains authority to resolve any disputes concerning the standards or their application in specific cases. Section 2 defines a meter collar adapter as a device installed between the electric meter and the meter socket box that allows the customer to interconnect power from on-site sources.
Section 5 also:
- Replaces the term "standard rebate offer" with "net metering service" where appropriate, to more accurately reflect current practice;
- Requires qualifying retail utilities, under
the standard offer to purchase renewable energy creditstheir net metering service , to purchase energy produced from any renewable energy resources rather than exclusively solar energy resources;
- Doubles the
allowablesize of eligible on-site renewable energy installations under the standard offer,from 500 kilowatts to one megawatt;
- Narrows the requirements for small hydroelectric facilities that qualify as renewable energy resources to exclude those that require the construction of new dams or reservoirs;
- Adds renewable energy storage as an eligible energy resource under the renewable energy standard and defines "renewable energy storage" as a facility that stores energy that is derived only from renewable energy resources;
- Allows a customer to carry forward monthly bill credits from distributed generation indefinitely, at any service address within a qualifying retail utility's service territory, unless the customer chooses to be reimbursed annually; and
- Directs the PUC to adopt rules to accommodate the aggregation and interconnection of retail distributed generation, including the pooling of renewable energy resources under a master meter or similar arrangement and the allocation of credits among customers on different rate schedules.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)