Net Metering (Montana)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Montana

Name Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Hydroelectric, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit No limit specified
Applicable Utilities Investor-owned utilities
















Meter Aggregation Not addressed
Net Excess Generation Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; granted to utility at end of 12-month period


REC Ownership Not addressed








System Capacity Limit 50 kW













Website http://deq.mt.gov/Energy/Renewable/NetMeterRenew.mcpx
Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-11



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

Montana's net-metering law, enacted in July 1999, applies to all customers of investor-owned utilities. Systems up to 50 kilowatts (kW) in capacity that generate electricity using solar, wind or hydropower are eligible. No limit on enrollment or statewide installed capacity is specified. Utilities may not require customer-generators to comply with any additional standards or requirements beyond those established by the National Electric Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Net excess generation (NEG) is credited to the customer's next monthly bill. The customer may choose to start the net metering period at the beginning of January, April, July or October to match seasonal farming cycles. At the beginning of the year -- either in January, April, July or October, depending on the customer's choice -- any remaining unused kilowatt-hour (kWh) credits accumulated during the previous year are granted to the utility.

Montana's electric cooperative utilities developed a draft net-metering agreement in 2001; this agreement has been adopted by most of the state's cooperatives. Contact your electric cooperative to find out if net metering is available.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Will Rosquist
Department Montana Public Service Commission

Address 1701 Prospect Avenue
Address 2 Vista Building
Place Helena, Montana
Zip/Postal Code 59620-2601
Phone (406) 444-6359
Phone 2 (406) 444-6199
Fax (406) 444-7618
Email wrosquist@mt.gov
Website http://www.psc.mt.gov/
     
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Mont. Code § 69-8-601 et seq.

Date Enacted 1999


















  • 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)"