Bill Text: NH SB446 | 2018 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Relative to net energy metering limits for customer-generators.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 11-4)

Status: (Vetoed) 2018-06-20 - Vetoed by Governor 06/19/2018 [SB446 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2018-SB446-Amended.html

SB 446 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

03/14/2018   0972s

03/14/2018   1021s

3May2018... 1742h

2018 SESSION

18-2961

10/06

 

SENATE BILL 446

 

AN ACT relative to net energy metering limits for customer-generators.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Avard, Dist 12; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Innis, Dist 24; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Sanborn, Dist 9; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Rep. Vose, Rock. 9; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Rep. Barry, Hills. 21; Rep. Seidel, Hills. 28

 

COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill increases the electric generating capacity of customer generators who may participate in net energy metering and modifies the transition of tariffs applicable to certain customer-generators.  The bill also clarifies the definition of eligible customer-generator for purposes of the utility property tax.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/14/2018   0972s

03/14/2018   1021s

3May2018... 1742h 18-2961

10/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to net energy metering limits for customer-generators.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Net Energy Metering; Definition of Eligible Customer-generator.  Amend RSA 362-A:1-a, II-b to read as follows:

II-b.  "Eligible customer-generator'' or "customer-generator'' means an electric utility customer who owns, operates, or purchases power from an electrical generating facility either powered by renewable energy or which employs a heat led combined heat and power system, with a total peak generating capacity of up to and including [one megawatt,] 5 megawatts and that is located behind a retail meter on the customer's premises, is interconnected and operates in parallel with the electric grid, and is used to offset the customer's own electricity requirements.  Incremental generation added to an existing generation facility, that does not itself qualify for net metering, shall qualify if such incremental generation meets the qualifications of this paragraph and is metered separately from the nonqualifying facility.

2  Utility Property Tax; Definition of Eligible Customer-Generator; Exclusion Clarified.  Amend RSA 83-F:1, V(d) to read as follows:

(d)  The electrical generation, production, and supply equipment of an "eligible customer-generator" as defined in RSA 362-A:1-a, II-b, up to and including one megawatt;

3  Net Energy Metering; Transition of Tariffs.  Amend RSA 362-A:9, XV to read as follows:

XV.  Standard tariffs that are available to eligible customer-generators under this section shall terminate on December 31, 2040 and such customer-generators shall transition to tariffs that are in effect at that time.  Customer-generators with a total peak generating capacity of more than one megawatt and not exceeding 5 megawatts shall be grandfathered with the net metering design and structure specified in this section through December 31, 2030, if the customer-generator’s electrical generating facility first becomes operational on or after July 1, 2018.  After December 31, 2030, those customer-generators shall transition to tariffs that are in effect at that time.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

18-2961

Amended 3/27/18

 

SB 446- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENTS #2018-0972s and #2018-1021s)

 

AN ACT relative to net energy metering limits for customer-generators.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

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METHODOLOGY:

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) indicates this bill modifies the definition of "eligible customer-generator" and "customer-generator" by increasing the total peak generating capacity from one megawatt (MW) to 5 MW, and to 25 MW if the facility's output allocated for net energy metering participation is limited to not more than 5 MW.  The bill retains the current net metering billing credit for facilities greater than or equal to 100 kilowatts (kW) and up to 1 MW.  Section 3 of the bill directs the PUC to initiate a proceeding to determine an interim rate (tariff) and issue its order within 6 months of the effective date.  Upon issuance of the PUC order, facilities greater than 1 MW and less than or equal to 5 MW would be eligible for net metering. Facilities interconnecting under the interim tariff will be grandfathered under the interim tariff for 12 years from the facility's date of interconnection.  The PUC shall determine a net metering tariff for facilities greater than 1 MW and less than or equal to 5 MW within 3 years based upon the results and considerations in docket DE 16-576 (Development of New Alternative Net Metering Tariffs and/or Other Regulatory Mechanisms and Tariffs for Customer- Generators).

 

If this bill were passed, larger customer-generators with capacities up to 25 MW would be eligible for net metering once the commission issues an order for an interim tariff.  Existing large renewable energy facilities such as hydro, wind and landfill gas facilities may switch to become customer-generators and employ the net metering tariff for compensation.  Development and interconnection of new large customer sited renewable generation facilities such as solar, hydro, wind, and landfill gas may also increase.  Increased installations of customer sited sources (customer­ generators) will increase capacity on the electricity distribution system and may decrease overall load due to the behind the meter usage of customer-generator generation.

 

To the extent State, county or local governmental units are able to install their own renewable generation facilities, those governmental entities may benefit from lower electricity costs and may also receive revenues in the form of net metered payments for excess power generated.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Public Utilities Commission

 

 

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