Kansas has net metering program, here are the details!

Legislation enacted in May 2009 (HB 2369) established net metering for customers of investor-owned utilities in Kansas. The rules allow residential systems up to 25 kilowatts (kW) and non-residential systems up to 200 kW to offset onsite electricity consumption. A net-metered system must be appropriately sized so as not to exceed expected load. If a customer-generator produces more electricity than is consumed during a monthly period, the net excess generation (NEG) will be carried forward to the next month at the full retail rate. Any NEG remaining in the customer’s account at the end of the calendar year will be granted to the utility. Utilities are required to offer net metering on a first-come, first-served basis until the rated generating capacity of all net-metered systems equals 1% of the utility’s peak demand* during the previous year. The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has the authority to increase this limit during a rule-making process.

Utilities are required to provide net-metered customers with a bi-directional meter at no cost to the customer. Utilities are also prohibited from charging net-metered customers any additional standby charges, capacity charges, interconnection charges or other fees that a customers would not incur if the customer did not participate in net metering. The estimated generating capacity of all net-metered systems may count towards the utility’s renewable capacity requirement under Kansas’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

The KCC established rules to implement net metering in July 2010. The rules do not go into much greater detail than what was provided for in HB 2369, but they do add additional protections to the utility in the event of disruptive problems to the utility’s system caused by the net metered facility.

* Peak demand generally refers to the highest incidental demand for electricity during a specified period of time. The definition of peak demand provided in HB 2369 is vague. The KCC will likely need to determine what exactly constitutes peak demand for the purpose of enforcing the RPS.

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