This rate schedule shall apply to other PUD rate schedules as described below.
(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 as a fuel if the facility:
- has a generating capacity of not more than one hundred (100) kilowatts AC;
- is located on the customer-generator’s premises;
- is connected to and 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 serving the same customer, located on customer-generator’s premises that the customer has requested be credited with the excess energy generated by the customer’s Net Metering System. Aggregated Meter installed on or after July 1, 2019 must be located on the same or a contiguous parcel of property as the customer’s Net Metering System.
(D) “Program Year” means the period from April 1 through March 31.
(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 crediting of excess energy generated by a customer’s Net Metering System to an Aggregated Meter, at the applicable rate of the Aggregated Meter.
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 that the Board of Commissioners implements a standard rate schedule pursuant to RCW Chapter 80.60. Such standard rate schedule shall be effective no sooner than either: (a) June 30, 2029; or (b) such time as the cumulative capacity of fuel cells and generators participating in the program exceeds 58.204 megawatts AC (4% of the PUD’s peak demand in 1996), whichever occurs first. Not less than 29.102 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 as a fuel.
The PUD will not provide wheeling or transmission services for a customer-generator.
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 the applicable energy charge for all net 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 5(F) on March 31 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 reduces the number of kWh consumed for purposes of calculating the energy charge. A customer participating in the Net Metering Program is subject to all other charges, rates, terms and conditions, including any base charges, demand charges, and minimum charges, of the PUD rate schedule under which the customer receives service. The net metering of electricity shall not reduce the customer’s bill to less than the sum of other charges.
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) An Aggregated Meter must be and remain on customer-generator’s Premises.
(b) Beginning on July 1, 2019, new Aggregated Meters must be located on the same or a contiguous parcel of property as the customer’s Net Metering System, and a customer-generator may only aggregate one meter. Net Metering customers that have participated in the Yearly Aggregation process prior to June 30, 2019 may continue to be aggregated on an annual basis.
(c) An Aggregated Meter must be and remain billed to the customer-generator.
(d) The Net Metering aggregation basic charge is applied annually to the meters requested by the customer generator to be aggregated. The Net Meter Aggregation basic charge is non-refundable.
(e) Net Metering 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.
(f) Generated energy and excess generated energy shall be subtracted from the metered energy registered on the Net Meter first. For Monthly Aggregation, the credits will then be subtracted from the Aggregated Meter for the same billing period. At the conclusion of the program year, excess generated energy shall be subtracted from the eligible charges on the Yearly Aggregated Meter and excess generated energy which cannot be applied via Monthly or Yearly Aggregation shall be zeroed out with no further liability to the PUD and no credit to the customer for that balance.
(g) A meter requested to be aggregated shall not change its rate class or rate schedule as a result of Net Metering Aggregation.
Effective Date: December 3, 2019