COLUMBUS, OHIO (Nov. 8, 2017) – Today the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) adopted updates to administrative rules that govern electric net metering. Net metering is a billing arrangement wherein customers who own electric generation facilities, such as solar panels or wind turbines, offset their need for electricity by producing their own. These customers may be credited for any excess electricity they return to the electric grid.
“The rules adopted today enhance the state of Ohio’s energy policy by establishing consistent, state-wide parameters for net metering, and foster a competitive marketplace for innovative products and services,” stated PUCO Chairman Asim Z. Haque. “The PUCO will continue to monitor its policies as more customers take advantage of net metering opportunities.”
The updated rules address the types and sizes of qualifying electric generation facilities, and the rate utilities use to credit customers for any excess electric generation returned to the electric grid.
The Commission established that a net metering facility may be sized based upon 120 percent of a customer’s average annual electric usage, at the time the facility is connected to the electric grid.
Customers receiving the standard service offer from regulated electric distribution utilities will be compensated for excess energy supplied to the grid in the form of a monthly bill credit at the utility’s standard service offer rate for energy. Customers who receive service from a competitive electric supplier may be credited at a rate agreed to in their contract for service.
On Nov. 18, 2015, the PUCO requested comments on proposed rules relating to net metering. Comments and reply comments were received from the National Resources Defense Council, The Alliance for Solar Choice, AEP Ohio, Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, Direct Energy, Duke Energy Ohio, FirstEnergy, One Energy, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Ohio Environmental Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Vote Solar, The Dayton Power & Light Company, Interstate Gas Supply, and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Energy Group.
The PUCO will submit final rules for Ohio Administrative Code 4901:1-10-28 to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review after a final, appealable order has been issued by the Commission. More information regarding the PUCO’s administrative rule review process is available on the PUCO website.