Net Metering (North Dakota)
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Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Incentive Type||Net Metering|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Industrial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Municipal Solid Waste, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Aggregate Capacity Limit||No limit specified|
|Applicable Utilities|| Investor-owned utilities
|Meter Aggregation||Not addressed|
|Net Excess Generation|| Reconciled monthly at avoided-cost rate
|REC Ownership|| Customer and utility own RECs*
|System Capacity Limit|| 100 kW
|Date added to DSIRE||2000-01-01|
|Last DSIRE Review|| 2012-12-04
North Dakota's net-metering policy, adopted in 1991 by the state Public Service Commission (PSC), applies to renewable-energy systems and combined heat and power (CHP) systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity.** Net metering is available to all customers of investor-owned electric utilities; it is not available to customers of municipal utilities or electric cooperatives. There is no specified statewide limit on the aggregate capacity of all net-metered systems. If a customer has net excess generation (NEG) at the end of a monthly billing period, the utility must purchase the NEG at the utility's avoided-cost rate. Customers retain ownership of renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with the customer's load, while RECs associated with NEG convey to the utility (with compensation to the customer-generator). However, the utility may recover metering costs associated with production monitoring from a net-metered system.
*Some utilities compensate customers at the avoided-cost rate plus a REC adder.
** The North Dakota Legislative Council's Committee on Administrative Rules has objected to the PSC's provisions for net metering, asserting that the PSC violated legislative intent by establishing net metering. However, according to the PSC, net metering is currently available to qualifying customers in North Dakota.
|Contact Name||Jerry Lein|
|Department||North Dakota Public Service Commission|
|Address||600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 408|
|Place||Bismarck, North Dakota|
|Phone|| (701) 328-1035
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||ND Administrative Code 69-09-07-09|
|Date Enacted|| 1991-08-09
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.