Northwestern Energy Net Metering Agreement

Technological advances are making installations such as rooftop solar modules more affordable and reliable. This energy sector is progressing and it is time for the rates applied to this sector to be updated to reflect the cost of services for this sector. Yes, yes. If a net intermeter system is large and the customer sells his property, the new owner of the property also becomes a big weight as long as the interconnection contract is maintained and the new owner does not increase the size of the system. I`m a net meter customer. How do I know when a decision has been made? What will happen to this energy if a net doser produces more energy than it consumes? How much energy returns to the grid that is not used as funds for net meter customers? Under our proposal, customers who do not have a net meter will no longer be required to subsidize new net meters. Last year, a cost-benefit analysis estimated the value of solar energy returned to the Montana grid at about $0.04/kWh – far less than the net meters received by customers. NorthWestern Energy currently pays customers approximately $0.12/kWh for energy that is returned to the grid. The net rate of measurement of the tariff review was proposed after consultation with the Brattle Group, an economic advisory group with supply and energy practices, as well as experts for the service charges awarded. A collection of project profiles for renewable energy by the organization of alternative energy resources.

The Montana Legislature 2017 by House Bill 219 required NorthWestern Energy to conduct a Net Metering study on the costs and benefits of customer generators. NorthWestern Energy has maintained Navigant to conduct an economic analysis and an assessment of the benefits and costs of measuring solar energy. Interconnection agreement: the applicant signs and returns the interconnection agreement to NorthWestern within 30 business days of receipt of the agreement. If a net dosing customer produces more energy than it consumes, that energy is transferred to the grid. The customer receives a kWh credit that he can use on future invoices until the end of the 12-month billing period. At the end of the 12-month billing period, the energy credit is reduced to zero. The current amount of billing credit is the total retail price of 11.1 cents per kWh. How were rates determined as part of the rate review for the new category of net meter customers? While this energy can be used for other northwest customers, Montana law requires municipal services to receive excess credits at the end of the 12-month billing cycle.

As several witnesses have said in the current review of the NorthWestern Energy Montana Public Utilities Commission, including Vote Solar, the goal for private customers with private roof solar is to install systems that produce the amount of energy they consume themselves, not to install systems that go beyond what they need for their own use.