Net Energy Metering; Remove System Cap; Customer-Generators
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.
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.