Utah Program Changes FAQ

On Sept. 29, 2017, the Public Service Commission of Utah approved a settlement agreement between several stakeholders related to residential customer generation.

The settlement capped the current net metering program November 15, 2017, allowing 'grandfathered' net metering customers to stay on the original program until 2035.

On November 15, 2017 the 'transition program' began for customers with new generation systems. Under the transition program, customers will receive ‘export credits’ for energy they export back to the grid. Usage and export credits will be measured in 15-minute intervals.

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What is the grandfathered net metering program?

Customers applying for a customer generation interconnection prior to close of business on November 14, 2017 are considered part of the grandfathered net metering program.

When does the grandfathered net metering program end?

Current net metering customers and customers who submit a completed interconnection application to the Company on or before the close of business on November 14, 2017 will remain on the grandfathered net metering program through December 31, 2035.

What happens after the grandfathered net metering program ends after November 14, 2017?

After the grandfathered net metering program closes to new applicants at the close of business on November 14, 2017, customers will remain subject to the effective Schedule 135 (PDF) through December 31, 2035.

After December 31, 2035, net metering rates will transition to customer generation rates effective at that time.

I have or am installing a grandfathered program installation. Can I add a battery system and stay on the grandfathered program?

Yes. A battery system of 25kW or less may be added to a grandfathered program installation. The addition of the battery system is allowed and will not be considered a material modification. However, an application must still be submitted for engineering review  prior to adding the battery system. Applications can be submitted electronically via PowerClerk.

What is the transition program?

Customer generation systems applying for interconnection on or after December 1, 2017 are considered part of the transition program and will be subject to Schedule 136 (PDF) through December 31, 2032.

After December 31, 2032, net metering rates will transition to customer generation rates effective at that time.

Are there fees to apply on the transition program?

Yes, applications for service under Schedule 136 (PDF) will be subject to the following fees:

  • Interconnection review request (non-refundable):
    • Level 1 - $60 per application
    • Level 2 - $75 per application plus $1.50 per kilowatt of installed capacity
    • Level 3 - $150 per application plus $3.00 per kilowatt of installed capacity
  • Meter fee - $200 per meter
How much capacity is available on the transition program?

The cumulative interconnected nameplate direct current (DC) capacity of all customer systems on the transition program are limited as follows:

Residential Schedules 1, 2, or 3 and small non-residential Schedules 15 and 23
170 megawatts DC
Large non-residential rate Schedules 6, 6A, 6B, 8, and 10 70 megawatts DC
What if I have an existing facility or I have applied for interconnection and I want to modify it after November 15, 2017?

Net metering customers who submit completed interconnection applications prior to 11:59 p.m., local time on November 14, 2017, can modify their generation facility size and remain on the grandfathered net metering program as long as the modifications do not result in a system that exceeds 10 kW. Modifications to systems will not be considered “material modifications” as long as the total system size stays at or below 10 kW. Any grandfathered customer can add capacity and remain on the grandfathered program as long as the system remains below 10 kW and the updates are complete by November 14, 2018.

System modifications that result in a customer generation installation exceeding 10 kW and/or modifications to an installation already larger than 10 kW will require a new application for interconnection and will no longer be part of the grandfathered net metering program. The new application will be considered under the transition program, subject to the transition program capacity cap.

System modifications that reduce the size of the generation installation/application will not be considered “material modifications,” regardless of the original or applied for system size.

I applied for the grandfathered net metering program, how long do I have to install my system?

All applications will have 12 months from the approval date to install the system. Upon request to Rocky Mountain Power, only large, non-residential installations will be allowed a six-month extension.

What if I want to change installers after I’ve already applied?

Changing your installer is no problem. Your application approval date will be based on your first application with your previous installer and you will remain on the grandfathered program. To update your installer, please email customergeneration@pacificorp.com with your project number and the name of your new installer. We place a hold on your application so you can modify the installer in the electronic application system. Once updated, your application will continue – you don’t lose your place in line.

I am applying for a larger system than I am ready for because I might want to install the rest later. Is this okay?

Regardless of whether you apply while on the grandfathered program or under the new transition program, the application will be reviewed and any costs assessed will be based on the size of the system requested on the application. If a smaller system is actually installed, the company will not refund any costs for interconnection based on the smaller size.

For the transition program, a customer may notify Rocky Mountain Power and amend the application to decrease the reserved capacity, which would release the unused reserved capacity under the cap. Interconnection costs will not be refunded based on the amended application.

I want to aggregate multiple meters to my transition program facility. How does meter aggregation work for billing purposes?

Upon the customer-generator’s request and within thirty (30) days’ notice to Rocky Mountain Power, we shall aggregate for billing purposes the meter to which the net metering facility is physically attached (“designated meter”) with one or more meters (“additional meter”) if the following conditions are met:

(a) the additional meter is located on or adjacent to premises of the customer-generator;

(b) the additional meter is used to measure only electricity used for the customer-generator’s requirements;

(c) the designated meter and additional meter are subject to the same rate schedule; and

(d) the designated meter and the additional meter are served by the same primary feeder.

At the time of notice to Rocky Mountain Power, the customer-generator must identify the designated meter at which Exported Customer-Generator Energy will be measured and netted, and the specific aggregated meters and a rank order for the aggregated meters to which the computed export credit is to be applied. The customer may change the designated meter and ranking once in a 12-month period. If a change in the designated meter requires installation of a new meter capable of measuring 15-minute intervals, a new meter fee may apply. Aggregation services for billing purposes will be subject to the following fees:

(e) two to five aggregated meters - $2.00 per meter per month

(f) six or more aggregated meters - $25.00 per month flat fee

PDF Utah Schedule 136 Tariff

 

What happens to my grandfathered net metering participation if I move?

The grandfathered system and benefits stay at the address of original installation. It may not be moved.

If you are establishing a new system at a new location or removing the system from the original installation location, a new application will be required and it will be considered a transition program installation.

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