7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions regarding the net metering of electricity.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ makes changes to when an electrical corporation may discontinue offering a net
13 metering program to the electrical corporation's customers not already participating
14 in the program;
15 ▸ requires an electrical corporation to provide credits to customers at the prevailing
16 rate for customer-generated electricity;
17 ▸ requires an electrical corporation to donate unused credits to the public education
18 foundation located in the customer's geographic area, unless the customer directs the
19 credits to the electrical corporation's low-income assistance programs;
20 ▸ requires an electrical corporation to obtain approval from the governing authority
21 before issuing a charge or fee to a customer participating in a net metering program;
23 ▸ repeals a section that tasks the governing authority with creating appropriate
24 customer fees or charges for a net metering program.
25 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
27 Other Special Clauses:
29 Utah Code Sections Affected:
31 54-15-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 244
32 54-15-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 324
34 54-15-105.2, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 54-15-105.1, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 53
38 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
39 Section 1. Section 54-15-103 is amended to read:
40 54-15-103. Net metering program -- Metering equipment -- Interconnection
42 (1) Each electrical corporation shall:
43 (a) [
44 the electrical corporation's customers; and
45 (b) allow customer generation systems to be interconnected to the electrical
46 corporation's facilities using, except as provided in Subsection [
47 capable of net metering.
60 customer participating in the electrical corporation's net metering program to use metering
61 equipment other than a standard kilowatt-hour meter if the governing authority, after
62 appropriate notice and opportunity for public comment:
63 (i) determines that the use of other metering equipment is necessary and appropriate to
64 monitor the flow of electricity from and to the electrical corporation; and
65 (ii) approves the requirement for other metering equipment, after considering the
66 benefits and costs associated with the other metering equipment.
67 (b) If the governing authority approves the requirement for other metering equipment
68 under Subsection [
69 purchasing and installing the other metering equipment is to be allocated between the electrical
70 corporation and the customer.
72 interconnection agreement before connecting the customer generation system to the electrical
73 corporation's facilities.
74 Section 2. Section 54-15-104 is amended to read:
75 54-15-104. Charges or credits for net electricity.
76 (1) Each electrical corporation with a customer participating in a net metering program
77 shall measure net electricity during each monthly billing period, in accordance with normal
78 metering practices.
79 (2) If net metering does not result in excess customer-generated electricity during the
80 monthly billing period, the electrical corporation shall bill the customer for the net electricity,
81 in accordance with normal billing practices.
82 (3) Subject to Subsection (4), if net metering results in excess customer-generated
83 electricity during the monthly billing period, the electrical corporation:
84 (a) [
85 customer-generated electricity based on the meter reading for the billing period [
87 for customer-generated electricity; and
89 billing period [
90 Subsection (4).
94 (4) At the end of an annualized billing period, an electrical corporation's avoided cost
95 value of remaining unused credits described in Subsection [
97 (a) to the public education foundation for the customer's geographic area as described
98 in Section 53E-3-501; or
99 (b) if elected by the customer, to the electrical corporation's low-income assistance
100 programs [
102 (5) Within 90 days after the day on which an annualized billing period ends, the
103 electrical corporation shall provide each customer with a donor statement detailing the amounts
104 donated by the customer in accordance with Subsection (4).
105 Section 3. Section 54-15-105.2 is enacted to read:
106 54-15-105.2. No additional fee or charge without governing authority approval --
108 (1) An electrical corporation administering a net metering program may not charge, or
109 continue to charge, a customer participating in the program an additional standby, capacity,
110 interconnection, or other fee or charge, unless, after appropriate notice and opportunity for
111 comment, the governing authority:
112 (a) determines that:
113 (i) the electrical corporation will incur direct costs from the interconnection or from
114 administering the net metering program that exceed the benefits resulting from the program;
116 (ii) public policy is best served by imposing the fee or charge on the customer
117 participating in the net metering program rather than by allocating the fee or charge among the
118 electrical corporation's entire customer base; and
119 (b) authorizes the additional fee or charge.
120 (2) If a cost of a net metering program is allocated among the electrical corporation's
121 entire customer base, an electrical corporation may charge a customer participating in the net
122 metering program for that cost to the same extent that the electrical corporation charges a
123 customer not participating in the program for that cost.
124 Section 4. Repealer.
125 This bill repeals:
126 Section 54-15-105.1, Determination of costs and benefits -- Determination of just
127 and reasonable charge, credit, or ratemaking structure.