Bill Text: NH HB148 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Allowing increased net energy metering limits for municipal hydroelectric facilities.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2021-10-26 - Executive Session: 10/26/2021 10:00 a.m. Legislative Office Building302-304 [HB148 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2021-HB148-Introduced.html










AN ACT allowing increased net energy metering limits for municipal hydroelectric facilities.


SPONSORS: Rep. O'Brien, Hills. 36; Rep. Telerski, Hills. 35; Rep. Cleaver, Hills. 35; Rep. King, Hills. 33; Rep. Vail, Hills. 30; Rep. Cohen, Hills. 28


COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy






This bill increases the electric generating capacity of municipal hydroelectric facilities who may participate in net energy metering to 5 megawatts.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One


AN ACT allowing increased net energy metering limits for municipal hydroelectric facilities.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  Net Energy Metering; Definition of Customer-Generator; Municipal Hydroelectric Increase.  Amend RSA 362-A:1-a, II-b to read as follows:

II-b.  "Eligible customer-generator'' or "customer-generator'' means an electric utility customer who owns, operates, or purchases power from an electrical generating facility either powered by renewable energy or which employs a heat led combined heat and power system, with either a [total peak generating] nameplate or maximum rated capacity of up to and including one megawatt, or, for a municipal hydroelectric generation facility, up to and including 5 megawatts, and that is located behind a retail meter on the customer's premises, is interconnected and operates in parallel with the electric grid, and is used to offset the customer's own electricity requirements in the first instance.  Incremental generation added to an existing generation facility, that does not itself qualify for net metering, shall qualify if such incremental generation meets the qualifications of this paragraph and is metered separately from the nonqualifying facility.

2  Net Energy Metering; Net Effects.  Amend RSA 362-A:9, VII to read as follows:

VII.(a) A distribution utility may perform an annual calculation to determine the net effect this section had on its default service and distribution revenues and expenses in the prior calendar year.  The method of performing the calculation and applying the results, as well as a reconciliation mechanism to collect or credit any such net effects with appropriate carrying charges and credits applied, shall be determined by the commission.

(b)  For the purposes of accounting for any exports to the distribution grid by customer-generators, such exports shall be treated as reductions to the customer-generator’s electricity supplier’s wholesale load obligation for energy supply as a load serving entity, net of any applicable line loss adjustments as approved by the commission.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.