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North Dakota

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Net Metering   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/27/2014
Program Overview:
State: North Dakota
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Municipal Solid Waste, CHP/Cogeneration, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Applicable Utilities:Investor-owned utilities
System Capacity Limit:100 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit:No limit specified
Net Excess Generation:Reconciled monthly at avoided-cost rate*
REC Ownership:Customer and utility own RECs
Meter Aggregation:Not addressed
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
ND Administrative Code 69-09-07-09

Eligibility and Availability

North Dakota's net-metering policy, adopted in 1991 by the state Public Service Commission (PSC), applies to renewable-energy systems and combined heat and power (CHP) systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity.** Net metering is available to all customers of investor-owned electric utilities; it is not available to customers of municipal utilities or electric cooperatives.

Meter Aggregation Provisions

There is no specified statewide limit on the aggregate capacity of all net-metered systems. If a customer has net excess generation (NEG) at the end of a monthly billing period, the utility must purchase the NEG at the utility's avoided-cost rate.

Value of Solar

Customers retain ownership of renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with the customer's load, while RECs associated with NEG convey to the utility (with compensation to the customer-generator). However, the utility may recover metering costs associated with production monitoring from a net-metered system.

*Some utilities compensate customers at the avoided-cost rate plus a REC adder.

** The North Dakota Legislative Council's Committee on Administrative Rules has objected to the PSC's provisions for net metering, asserting that the PSC violated legislative intent by establishing net metering. However, according to the PSC, net metering is currently available to qualifying customers in North Dakota.

  Jerry Lein
North Dakota Public Service Commission
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 408
Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone: (701) 328-1035
Fax: (701) 328-2410
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