Bill Text - HB381 (2011)

Authorizing net metering for micro-combined heat and power systems.


Revision: March 18, 2011, midnight

HB 381 – AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

15Mar2011… 0740h

2011 SESSION

11-0454

09/03

HOUSE BILL 381

AN ACT authorizing net metering for micro-combined heat and power systems.

SPONSORS: Rep. Introne, Rock 3; Rep. Kaen, Straf 7; Rep. Cataldo, Straf 3

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

ANALYSIS

This bill redefines “eligible customer-generator” in order to authorize net metering for micro-combined heat and power systems.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

15Mar2011… 0740h

11-0454

09/03

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eleven

AN ACT authorizing net metering for micro-combined heat and power systems.

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

1 New Paragraph; Definitions. Amend RSA 362-A:1-a by inserting after paragraph I-c the following new paragraph:

I-d. “Combined heat and power system” means a new system installed after July 1, 2011, that produces heat and electricity from one fuel input using an eligible fuel, without restriction to generating technology, has an electric generating capacity rating of at least one kilowatt and not more than 30 kilowatts and a fuel system efficiency of not less than 80 percent in the production of heat and electricity, or has an electric generating capacity greater than 30 kilowatts and not more than one megawatt and a fuel system efficiency of not less than 65 percent in the production of heat and electricity. Fuel system efficiency shall be measured as usable thermal and electrical output in BTUs divided by fuel input in BTUs.

2 Definitions. 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 or operates an electrical generating [facilities] facility either powered by renewable energy or which employs a heat led combined heat and power system, with a total peak generating capacity of not more than 100 kilowatts, or that first begins operation after July 1, 2010 and has a total peak generating capacity of 100 kilowatts or more up to one megawatt, 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 in the first instance to offset the customer’s own electricity requirements.

II-c. “Eligible fuel” means natural gas, propane, hydrogen, heating oil when combusted with a burner, or other fuel approved by the department of environmental services, through rules adopted under RSA 541-A, including air emission standards for the device using the approved fuel.

II-d. “Heat led” means that the combined heat and power system is operated in a manner to satisfy the heat usage needs of the customer-generator.

3 Effective date. This act shall take effect on July 1, 2011.

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