La Plata Electric Association - Net Metering (Colorado)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Colorado

Name La Plata Electric Association - Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit Credited at avoided-cost rate to customer's next bill; utility pays customer for any unused NEG at beginning of each calendar year
Applicable Utilities 25 kW




















REC Ownership Yes








System Capacity Limit 1% of utility's aggregate customer peak demand













Website http://www.lpea.coop/billing_metering/netmetering.htm
Date added to DSIRE 2006-04-13
Last DSIRE Review 2007-06-29



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), an electric cooperative utility, offers net metering* to residential and commercial customers who generate electricity using wind or solar resources. Systems up to 25 kilowatts (kW) in capacity are eligible. The system must be intended to offset part or all of the customer's electricity requirements at the same location, and it may not be used to offset electric consumption at another location.

Net metering is accomplished by using a single, bi-directional meter that measures kilowatt-hour usage and production. Net metering is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the rated generating capacity owned and operated by eligible customer-generators in LPEA's service territory reaches 1% of the utility's aggregate customer peak demand.

Customers with net excess generation (NEG) at the end of a monthly billing period are credited for the excess at the utility's avoided-cost rate. The credit will be carried over to the following month until the end of the calendar year, at which point customers will receive a check from the utility, at its avoided-cost rate, for any remaining NEG.


* LPEA offers "true" net metering to its customers. In 2002, Colorado enacted legislation (C.R.S. 40-9.5-304 et seq.) requiring the state's electric cooperatives to offer "net metering" to customers. However, the term "net metering" is a misnomer in this particular law. Under the law, customers receive a lower rate (the utility's avoided-cost) for all electricity generated, while customers must pay the full retail rate for all electricity they purchase from utilities. This practice, commonly known as "dual metering," is much less favorable to customer-generators than "true" net metering.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Dan Harms
Department La Plata Electric Association

Address 45 Stewart St.
Address 2 P.O. Box 2750
Place Durango, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 81302
Phone (970) 247-5786


Email dharms@lpea.coop
Website http://www.lpea.com
Contact Name Richard Archuleta
Department La Plata Electric Association

Address 45 Stewart St.
Address 2 P.O. Box 2750
Place Durango, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 81302
Phone ((97) 0) -247-


Email rarchuleta@lpea.coop
Website http://www.lpea.com
     

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"