[R.O. 2009 §13.13.010; Ord. No. 5555, 9-03; Ord. No. 6091, 4-16-2018]
Net metering and electrical system interconnection is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the distribution service territory of Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities (BMU) at any point on the utility's existing facilities that has adequate capacity and suitable voltage for delivery of service until:
The total rated generating capacity of all net metering systems on the utility equals five percent (5%) of the utility's single-hour peak load during the previous year, or
The total rated generating capacity of approved new interconnection agreements during the current calendar year equals or exceeds one percent (1%) of the utility's single-hour peak load for the previous calendar year.
[R.O. 2009 §13.13.015; Ord. No. 5555, 9-03; Ord. No. 6091, 4-16-2018]
Net metering service is available to any existing customer who is in good standing under the City's electric service schedules, that owns and operates a renewable energy electric generator powered by solar, hydro, or wind or fuel cells using hydrogen produced by solar, hydro or wind with a capacity of not more than one hundred (100) kilowatts that is located on the customer's premises, is interconnected and operates in parallel phase and synchronization with the utility's existing transmission and distribution facilities, and is intended primarily to offset part or all of the customer's own electrical power requirements. This rider is offered in compliance with the "Net Metering and Easy Connection Act" (Section 386.890, RSMo., and appropriate Missouri Public Service Commission Rules.)
Additional sources of renewable energy may be certified by the Department of Natural Resources and they will accepted by the City.
All agreements hereunder are between the customer-generator and the City and shall not include a third party.
[R.O. 2009 §13.13.020; Ord. No. 5555, 9-03; Ord. No. 6091, 4-16-2018]
The following terms shall have the meanings set out herein for the purposes of this Chapter:
- AVOIDED FUEL COST
- The audited annual cost per kilowatt-hour of energy generated by the Sikeston Power Station during the previous fiscal year. Referred to as the "Energy Charge" in the annual audit.
- NET METERING
- A method to measure the difference between the electricity supplied by the utility and the electricity generated by an eligible customer-generator and fed back to the electric grid over the applicable billing period.
- TOTAL SYSTEM ENERGY
- The sum of the total energy sold by the BMU and the total energy purchased for use at Sikeston Power Station Unit #1.
All other definitions shall be those contained in the Missouri "Net Metering and Easy Connection Act" (Section 386.890, RSMo.) except where noted herein.
[R.O. 2009 §13.13.030; Ord. No. 5555, 9-03; Ord. No. 6091, 4-16-2018]
The electric service charge shall be computed in accordance with the monthly billing under the customer's effective standard rate schedule. Under this net metering rider, only the kilowatt-hour (kWh) units of a customer-generator's bill are affected.
If the electricity supplied by the utility exceeds the electricity generated by the customer-generator during the applicable billing period, the customer-generator shall be billed for the net billable kWhs supplied by the utility in accordance with the rates and charges under the utility's standard rate schedule applicable to the customer.
If the electricity generated by the customer-generator exceeds the electricity supplied by the utility, the customer-generator shall be credited for the net value of the electric energy delivered to the utility during the applicable billing period at the utility's avoided fuel cost, with this credit appearing on the customer-generator's bill no later than the following billing period. See Section 386.890.5(4), RSMo., for credit expiration terms.
[Ord. No. 6091, 4-16-2018]
Upon change in ownership of the qualified unit, or of the premises on which the unit is located, the new customer-generator shall file a new application with the City for net metering.
[R.O. 2009 §13.13.040; Ord. No. 5555, 9-03; Ord. No. 6091, 4-16-2018]
The customer-generator is responsible for all costs associated with its generating facility and is also responsible for all costs related to any modifications to the facility that may be required by the utility for purposes of safety and reliability.
A net metering facility shall meet all applicable safety and performance standards established by the National Electric Safety Code; the National Electric Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Underwriters Laboratory.
In addition it shall:
Be equipped at the customer-generator's expense with a meter or meters approved by the utility and capable of measuring the net amount of electrical energy produced or consumed by the customer-generator. Any additional costs necessary for the utility to permit the meters or generator to be integrated into the utility distribution system shall be borne by the customer-generator. At the request of the customer-generator those costs can be initially paid by the utility which may bill the customer-generator the costs over a twelve (12) billing cycle period along with a reasonable rate of interest.
Have a mechanism that automatically disables and disconnects the unit from the supplier's electrical lines in the event that service to the customer-generator is interrupted.
Have an easily accessible device or feature in immediate proximity to the metering equipment to allow a utility worker to manually and instantly disconnect the unit from the utility's distribution system.
For systems of ten (10) kilowatts or less, a customer-generator shall not be required to purchase any liability insurance. Insurance for systems above ten (10) kilowatts shall be negotiated as part of the Interconnection Agreement.
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 6091 amended and renumbered this Section from 710.050 to 710.060.
[Ord. No. 6091, 4-16-2018]
For customer-generators greater than one hundred (100) kilowatts, net metering does not apply. For customer-generators greater than one hundred (100) kilowatts, the guidelines of the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA), as well as any related revisions such as The Energy Policy Act of 2005, will be applied.