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Incentives/Policies for Renewable Energy

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Net Metering   

Last DSIRE Review: 06/19/2014
Program Overview:
State: Kansas
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Small Hydroelectric, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Applicable Utilities:Investor-owned utilities
System Capacity Limit:200 kW for non-residential; 25 kW for residential (before July 1, 2014)
100 kW for non-residential; 15 kW for residential (on or after July 1, 2014)
Aggregate Capacity Limit:1% of utility’s retail peak demand during previous year
Net Excess Generation:Credited to customer's next bill at the retail rate if system began operating before July 1, 2014 and at the average cost rate if system began operating on or after July 1, 2014; granted to utility at end of the calendar year
REC Ownership:Utility owns RECs
Web Site: http://www.kcc.state.ks.us/electric
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Kansas Statutes 66-1263, et seq.
5/22/2009
7/1/2009
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
K.A.R. 82-17-1, et seq.
7/9/2010
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
H.B. 2101
04/16/2014
06/02/2014
Summary:

Kansas adopted the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act in May 2009, which established net metering for customers of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) (K.S.A. 66-1263 through 66-1271). In April 2014, H.B. 2101 modified net metering rules, creating different rules for renewable energy systems beginning operation on or after July 1, 2014.

Overview

IOUs 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.

Net metering applies to systems that generate electricity using solar, wind, methane, biomass, or hydro resources, and to fuel cells using hydrogen produced by an eligible renewable technology. 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), with each kilowatt (kW) of nameplate capacity that is net metered counting as 1.10 kW toward a utility’s compliance with the RPS.

Eligible systems in operation prior to July 1, 2014, must have a rated capacity of:

  • 25 kW or less for residential customers,
  • 200 kW or less for non-residential customers, and
  • 1.5 megawatts (MW) for Cloud County and Dodge City community colleges.

Eligible systems in operation on or after July 1, 2014, must have a rated capacity of:

  • 15 kW or less for residential customers,
  • 100 kW or less for non-residential customers, and
  • 150 kW for Cloud County and Dodge City community colleges.

Net Excess Generation

If a customer-generator produces more electricity than is consumed during a monthly billing period, the net excess generation (NEG) will be credited to the customer-generator at one of two types of rates, depending on when the renewable energy resource began operating:

  • If the renewable energy resource began operating prior to July 1, 2014, NEG will be credited to the customer-generator at the full retail rate (i.e., 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) of NEG will offset 1 kWh of electricity consumption in a future month).
  • If the renewable energy resource began operating on or after July 1, 2014, NEG will be credited to the customer-generator at the utility’s monthly system average cost of energy per kWh (i.e., 1 kWh of NEG will only partially offset 1 kWh of electricity consumption in a future month, since average costs are typically substantially less than full retail rates charged to customers). 

Beginning on January 1, 2030, all NEG will be carried forward at the utility’s monthly system average cost of energy per kWh, regardless of when the customer began operating the renewable energy resource. Excess generation remaining in the customer's account at the end of the calendar year is granted to the utility. See Net Metering in Kansas for answers to frequently asked questions.

Customer Charges

IOUs must provide net-metered customers with a bi-directional meter at no cost to the customer. IOUs are prohibited from charging net-metered customers any additional standby charges, capacity charges, interconnection charges or other fees that a customer would not incur if the customer did not participate in net metering if the customer began operating a renewable energy resource under an interconnect agreement with a utility prior to July 1, 2014. IOUs may propose (through a rate proceeding) an alternative rate structure for customer-generators who begin operating a renewable energy system on or after July 1, 2014. This includes a time-of-use rate, minimum bill, or another rate structure for these customers.

The Kansas Corporation Commission adopted rules (K.A.R. 82-17-1 through 82-17-5) to implement the statute’s net-metering standards in July 2010. These rules are limited, and they include additional protection for the utility in the event of disruptive problems to the utility's system caused by a net-metered facility.

Resources

More information on utility net metering policies and interconnection guidelines are available on the following utility websites:


 


 
Contact:
  Kansas Corporation Commission
Energy Division
1500 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66604-4027
Phone: (785) 271-3170
Fax: (785) 271-3268
Web Site: http://www.kcc.ks.gov/energy/index.htm
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