Report Title:

Net Energy Metering; Remove System Cap; Customer-Generators

Description:

Amends the net energy metering law to by removing the 10 kilowatt cap on the size of the system, and by incrementally increasing, by .5% every 2 years to 2020, the percentage of the total rated generating capacity produced by eligible customer-generators of the electric utility system's peak demand.

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1610

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to net energy metering.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Section 269-101, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the definition of "eligible customer-generator" to read as follows:

""Eligible customer-generator" means a metered residential or commercial customer of an electric utility who owns and operates a solar, wind turbine, biomass, or hydroelectric energy generating facility, or a hybrid system consisting of two or more of these facilities, [with a capacity of not more than ten kilowatts,] that is:

(1) Located on the customer's premises;

(2) Operated in parallel with the utility's transmission and distribution facilities;

(3) In conformance with the utility's interconnection requirements; and

(4) Intended primarily to offset part or all of the customer's own electrical requirements."

SECTION 2. Section 269-102, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) Every electric utility shall develop a standard contract or tariff providing for net energy metering, and shall make this contract available to eligible customer-generators, upon request, on a first-come-first-served basis until the time that the total rated generating capacity produced by eligible customer-generators equals [.5 per cent] the following percentage of the electric utility's system peak demand[.] in each of the following years:

(1) 1.0 per cent in 2004;

(2) 1.5 per cent in 2006;

(3) 2.0 per cent in 2008;

(4) 2.5 per cent in 2010;

(5) 3.0 per cent in 2012;

(6) 3.5 per cent in 2014;

(7) 4.0 per cent in 2016;

(8) 4.5 per cent in 2018; and

(9) 5.0 per cent in 2020."

SECTION 3. Section 269-104, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]269-104[]] Additional customer-generators. Notwithstanding section 269-102, an electric utility is not obligated to provide net energy metering to additional customer-generators in its service area when the combined total peak generating capacity of all eligible customer-generators served by all the electric utilities in that service area furnishing net energy metering to eligible customer-generators equals [.5 per cent] the percentage of the system peak demand of those electric utilities[.] as provided in section 269-102(a)."

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2003.

INTRODUCED BY:

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