Bill Details - HB466 (2019)

HB 466 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0692

10/06

 

HOUSE BILL 466

 

AN ACT relative to the capacity of electricity customer generators for eligibility for net energy metering.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Backus, Hills. 19

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill increases the apportionment for net energy metering provisions from electrical facilities with total generating capacity of 100 kilowatts to 500 kilowatts.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0692

10/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to the capacity of electricity customer generators for eligibility for net energy metering.

 

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

 

1  Net Energy Metering; Eligible Customer Generators.  Amend RSA 362-A:9, I through IV to read as follows:

I.  Standard tariffs providing for net energy metering shall be made available to eligible customer-generators by each electric distribution utility in conformance with net metering rules adopted and orders issued by the commission.  Each net energy metering tariff shall be identical, with respect to rates, rate structure, and charges, to the tariff under which a customer-generator would otherwise take default generation supply service from the distribution utility.  Such tariffs shall be available on a first-come, first-served basis within each electric utility service area under the jurisdiction of the commission until such time as the total rated generating capacity owned or operated by eligible customer-generators totals a number equal to 100 megawatts, with 50 megawatts of the 100 megawatts allocated to the 4 electric distribution utilities that were subject to the commission's jurisdiction in 2010 multiplied by each such utility's percentage share of the total 2010 annual coincident peak energy demand distributed by those 4 utilities, and 50 megawatts of the 100 megawatts allocated to the state's 3 investor-owned electric distribution utilities, multiplied by each such utility's percentage share of the total 2010 annual coincident peak energy demand distributed by those 3 utilities, all to be determined by the commission and to be utilized by eligible customer-generators located within each such utilities' service territory.  Eighty percent of each utility's share of the 50 megawatts shall be apportioned to facilities with a total generating capacity of not more than [100 kilowatts] 500 kilowatts and 20 percent to facilities with a total generating capacity in excess of [100 kilowatts] 500 kilowatts, but no greater than one megawatt.  The 50 megawatts of capacity shall be made available to eligible customer-generators until such time as commission approved alternative net metering tariffs approved by the commission become available.  No more than 4 megawatts of such total rated generating capacity shall be from a combined heat and power system as defined in RSA 362-A:1-a, I-d.

I-a.  No person, owner, developer, installer of an eligible customer-generator facility, business organization, or any subsidiary thereof, shall reserve capacity space in the net metering interconnection queue of more than 20 percent of the total net metering utility-specific allocation pursuant to this section, and the creation of multiple business organizations, including a person, as defined in RSA 366:1, I, by the same shall not defeat this requirement.  On a weekly basis each utility shall make public on its website its total net metering allocation, its reserved net metering capacity, and its installed and operating net metering capacity.  For project applications of greater than [100 kilowatts] 500 kilowatts, each utility net metering interconnection queue application shall include a certification of compliance with the 20 percent requirement, all persons involved in such an application shall sign the certification of compliance, and no application shall be processed where one or more persons involved in the application did not sign the certification of compliance.

II.  Competitive electricity suppliers registered under RSA 374-F:7 may determine the terms, conditions, and prices under which they agree to provide generation supply to and purchase net generation output from eligible customer-generators.

III.  Metering shall be done in accordance with normal metering practices.  A single net meter that shows the customer's net energy usage by measuring both the inflow and outflow of electricity internally shall be the extent of metering that is required at facilities with a total peak generating capacity of not more than [100 kilowatts] 500 kilowatts.  A bi-directional metering system that records the total amount of electricity that flows in each direction from the customer premises, either instantaneously or over intervals of an hour or less, shall be required at facilities with a total peak generating capacity of more than [100 kilowatts] 500 kilowatts.  Customer-generators shall not be required to pay for the installation of net meters, but shall pay for the installation of all bi-directional metering systems as outlined in utility interconnection tariffs or rules.

IV.(a)  For facilities with a total peak generating capacity of not more than [100 kilowatts] 500 kilowatts, when billing a customer-generator under a net energy metering tariff that is not time-based, the utility shall apply the customer's net energy usage when calculating all charges that are based on kilowatt hour usage.  Customer net energy usage shall equal the kilowatt hours supplied to the customer over the electric distribution system minus the kilowatt hours generated by the customer-generator and fed into the electric distribution system over a billing period.

(b)  For facilities with a total peak generating capacity of more than [100 kilowatts] 500 kilowatts, the customer-generator shall pay all applicable charges on all kilowatt hours supplied to the customer over the electric distribution system, less a credit on default service charges equal to the metered energy generated by the customer-generator and fed into the electric distribution system over a billing period.

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

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 3 P. 15
Jan. 22, 2019 ==RECESSED== Public Hearing: 01/22/2019 02:45 pm LOB 304
Feb. 7, 2019 ==CONTINUED== Public Hearing: 02/07/2019 01:30 pm LOB 210-211
March 6, 2019 Executive Session: 03/06/2019 10:30 am LOB 304
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 13-6; RC)
March 19, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/19/2019 (Vote 13-6; RC) HC 16 P. 33
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 22, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 7, 2019 House Hearing
March 6, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 19, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB466 Revision: 4673 Date: Jan. 10, 2019, 3:18 p.m.