Remote Net Metering
What is Remote Net Metering
When will remote net metering go into effect?
Remote net metering became effective on October 3rd, 2012.
What technologies qualify for participation in remote net metering?
Eligibility for remote net metering is limited to solar photovoltaic system, wind generating system or farm waste generator. These technologies are already defined in our Net Metering Tariff.
Do I need to own the property or generating equipment at the Host or Satellite Account sites in order to participate in remote net metering?
Customers are not required to own the generating equipment at the host site, although ownership status may affect the amount of rebate we will provide for constructing the renewable resource generation at the host site. To be eligible for the remote net metering, it is required that the same customer (in the same corporate name) own of lease the property designated to the Host and Satellite accounts. Furthermore, the Satellite Account must meet the following requirements stipulated in our Net Metering Tariff:
- The Satellite account must be designated as the premises owned or leased by the non-residential Host account and in the same name within our billing system as the Host account Customer-generator.
- Both the Satellite and Host accounts must be within our service territory.
- The Satellite account must be in the same load zone as the Host account as of the date of the initial application of the Host account to be eligible for remote net metering and must remain in the same load zone as the Host account to continue to be eligible to receive excess net metering credits.
By when does the Host Account need to specify the Satellite Account(s) that will receive credits?
The Host account must designate their Satellite accounts and the percentage of heir net metering credits designated to these Satellite accounts when submitting their initial remote net metering application. After the initial application, the Host account may designate additional Satellite accounts or delete existing Satellite accounts from the Customer’s remote net metering arrangement to be effective on January 1 of each year thereafter, with 30 days advance notice.
Is there a maximum generating capacity restriction for the Host Account?
Remote net metering is limited to non-residential accounts with no more than 2,000 kW of eligible generating capacity at the Host Account.
Why are we required to offer remote net metering?
The prior law required the customer-generator's load and generation equipment to e located at the same site and measured on a single meter. In some instances, it is not practical or possible to utilize electricity on the immediate site where it is produced. In other cases, customers may have multiple meters for multiple buildings/facilities. As the law did not allow customers to utilize the electricity they produced on more than one meter, or on a meter not connected to the site of electricity production, the Legislature amended the Public Service Law to permit farm and nonresidential customers to be able to generate electricity at one location and, via remote net metering, obtain credit for such electricity generation at another location. Accordingly, remote net metering is seen as a tool for encouraging non- residential customers to install more renewable generation to meet more of their overall electric consumption at individual locations than would be economical if they had to size their generation to serve each account separately.
What is the process for crediting my Host and Satellite Accounts for generation?
In a month where the Host Account generates more electricity than it consumes, the excess energy will be converted to the equivalent monetary value at the per kWh rate applicable to the Host Account’s service classification. That monetary credit will first be applied to the Host Account’s electric bill (to offset demand charge, daily or monthly service charges, payments in lieu of taxes or other assessments) and any remaining monetary credit will be allocated to the Satellite Accounts based on the percentage designated by the customer. The portion of the excess bill credit designated to each Satellite Account will be applied to their next bill, and if the credit designated for an individual Satellite Account exceeds the charges on that bill, the remaining balance of the credit allocated to that individual Satellite Account will be returned to the Host Account for distribution in the following month.
Is there any kind of reconciliation process for credits that have been earned but not applied over the course of a year?
Once every 12 months, on the customer’s anniversary date, any credits still remaining with the Host Account will be converted back from monetary credits to kWh credits, and purchased by us at the same rate for annual reconciliation specified for stand-alone net metering customers.
What is the process for submittal, review and implementing Remote Net Metering?
The Overall Process, Technical Review and Billing Procedure visit here.