Bill Text: NH HB1515 | 2020 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Relative to group host net energy metering.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2020-06-16 - Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, Motion Adopted, Voice Vote; 06/16/2020; Senate Journal 8 [HB1515 Detail]

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AN ACT relative to group host net energy metering.


SPONSORS: Rep. Oxenham, Sull. 1


COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy






This bill requires the payment adjustment to group host net energy metering systems to apply to systems over 25 kilowatts.  The bill also modifies the public utilities commission reporting requirement for certain net energy metering information.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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


AN ACT relative to group host net energy metering.


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


1  Group Host Net Energy Metering; Payment Adjustment.  Amend RSA 362-A:9, XIV(c)-(e) to read as follows:

(c)  Notwithstanding paragraph V, a group host shall be paid for its surplus generation at the end of each billing cycle at rates consistent with the credit the group host receives relative to its own net metering under either subparagraph IV(a) or (b) or alternative tariffs that may be applicable pursuant to paragraph XVI.  Each group member of a group host for a low-moderate income community solar project, as defined in RSA 362-F:2, X-a, may receive credits on the customer electric bill for each member and the host, provided that there shall be only one new project under this paragraph in each utility's service territory by December 31, 2019 with such projects available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The commission shall report on the costs and benefits of such projects on or before December 31, 2019.  On an annual basis, for all group host systems except for [residential] systems with an interconnected capacity under [15] 25 kilowatts, the electric distribution utility shall calculate a payment adjustment if the host's surplus generation for which it was paid is greater than the group's total electricity usage during the same time period.  The adjustment shall be such that the resulting compensation to the host for the amount that exceeded the group's total usage shall be at the utility's avoided cost or its default service rate in accordance with subparagraph V(b) or paragraph VI or alternative tariffs that may be applicable pursuant to paragraph XVI.  The utility shall pay or bill the host accordingly.

(d)  [Repealed.]

(e)  The commission is authorized to assess fines against, revoke the registration of, and prohibit from doing business in the state, any group host which violates the requirements of this paragraph and rules adopted pursuant to this paragraph.  The commission shall not use this authority to penalize group members or group hosts solely for clerical errors, calculation errors, or inadvertent omissions they may make in any reports or filings the commission requires pursuant to this paragraph or in rules adopted pursuant to this paragraph.  The commission may assess a fine on group members or group hosts for such errors only if the commission finds they made such errors in bad faith and with the intent to circumvent the substantive requirements of this paragraph or rules adopted pursuant to this paragraph.

2  Renewable Energy Fund; Report.  Amend RSA 362-F:10, IV to read as follows:

IV.  The commission shall make an annual report by October 1 of each year, beginning in 2009, to the legislative oversight committee to monitor the transformation of delivery of electric services established under RSA 374-F:5, and the [house science, technology and energy committee, and the senate energy and natural resources committee] standing committees of the house of representatives and the senate with jurisdiction over energy and utilities matters detailing how the renewable energy fund is being used and any recommended changes to such use.  The report shall also include information on the total peak generating capacity that is net energy metered under RSA 362-A:9 within the franchise area of each electric distribution utility, and the percentage this represents of the amount that is allowed to be net metered within each franchise area.  Information shall be provided on net metered group host registrations and the associated customer groups, including number and location of group host facilities, generation by renewable source and size of facility, and group load served by such facilities.

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