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Alaska

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Net Metering   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/24/2012
Program Overview:
State: Alaska
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Municipal Solid Waste, Hydrokinetic, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Applicable Utilities:Utilities with annual retail sales of 5,000,000 kWh or more
System Capacity Limit:25 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit:1.5% of average retail demand
Net Excess Generation:Credited to customer's next bill at non-firm power rate; carries over indefinitely
REC Ownership:Not addressed
Meter Aggregation:Not addressed
Authority 1:
Date Effective:
3 AAC 50.900 et seq.
6/16/2010
Authority 2:
Date Effective:
Regulatory Commission of Alaska Order R-09-001(3)
1/15/2010
Authority 3:
Date Effective:
Regulatory Commission of Alaska Order R-09-001(3), Appendix A
1/15/2010
Summary:

In October 2009, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) approved net metering regulations. These rules were finalized and approved by the lieutenant governor in January 2010 and became effective January 15, 2010. All electric utilities subject to economic regulation are required to offer net metering. Independent systems with retail sales of less than 5,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) are exempt from offering net metering. Utilities that generate 100% of electricity from certain approved renewable energy sources and other sources approved by the RCA that have a low environmental impact are also exempt.

With these regulations, renewable energy systems with a capacity up to 25 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for net metering. Overall enrollment is limited to 1.5% of a utility's retail sales from the previous year. Utilities may require additional metering equipment, but the utilities are responsible for all costs associated with installing and maintaining this additional equipment.

Net excess generation is reconciled monthly, with the utility crediting the customer-generator's account for the excess kWh generation multiplied by the "non-firm power rate." These dollar amount credits do not expire and can be applied to subsequent monthly bills. Utilities cannot charge customer-generators additional standby, capacity, interconnection, or other charges unless approved by the RCA.

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