New net metering and interconnection guidelines for Kentucky

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Steve Beshear,
Governor of
Kentucky
 
Frankfort, KY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 9, 2009 – New guidelines for net metering and connecting small sources of renewable power to the electric grid have been issued by the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC).

Under the new guidelines the capacity of qualifying systems has been increased to 30 kW, up from 15 kW. The range of systems also has been expanded to include not only solar systems but also wind energy, biomass or biogas energy, and hydro energy.

In addition the cap has been increased to a cumulative capacity of 1 percent of any utility’s single hour peak load during the previous year, up from 0.1 percent previously.

“Establishing uniform net metering guidelines is a key to increasing Kentucky’s renewable power market,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “Having these guidelines accomplishes one of the first major items of our energy plan.”

Other provisions in the guidelines are that bill credits for generation fed back to the retail supplier in excess of the electricity supplied during the billing period are carried forward for the life of the account. The net metering customer is responsible for the cost of any upgrade to the interconnection that is required by an approved tariff.

With the availability of the guidelines the retail electric suppliers are now required to file net metering tariffs and application forms in compliance with the guidelines.