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Net Energy Metering Service – Effective 2/1/2021

The City conducted an annual review of the Renewable Energy-Received Credit in January 2021.  Based on the review, the Renewable Energy-Received Credit will be adjusted to $0.04692 per kilowatt hour effective February 1, 2021. Most Distributed Energy Resources (DER) facilities in Georgetown are photovoltaic solar energy systems at a residence or business.

  • Customers with DER facilities installed prior to Oct. 1, 2020 will continue with their existing credit rate of $0.09580 per kilowatt hour until Sept. 30, 2022.

Background:
On Sept. 22, 2020, the City Council approved changes to Net Energy Metering Service (Sec. 13.04.018. of the City of Georgetown Ordinances). The net metering service ordinance encompasses the following components:

  1. Interconnection requirements for Distributed Energy Resources (DER).
  2. The applicable rate for residential and small general customers with installed DER systems on customer premises of no greater than 10 kilowatts-DC.

Changes approved by City Council on Sept. 22, 2020:

  1. Adoption of a market-based calculation methodology for Renewable Energy – Received Credit.
    • The Renewable Energy – Received is the excess metered energy generated from the customer’s DER facility that is not used on-site at the customer’s premises and flows back to City of Georgetown during a billing cycle. The market-based rate will be updated annually.
    • Existing net metering customers in good standing as of Oct. 1, 2020, will continue to receive Renewable Energy – Received Credit of $0.09580 per kilowatt hour until Sept. 30, 2022. This is applicable only to their current premises. After Sept. 30, 2022, the market-based credit will be applicable to these grandfathered customers.
  2. Establish a floor on the Renewable Energy – Received Credit
    • The Renewable Energy – Received Credit cannot exceed the volumetric charge, meaning the City will only provide a credit up to the amount of energy the customer purchases from the utility. For example, if the customer’s solar panels produce 2,000 kilowatt hours per month, but the customer only buys 1,000 kilowatt hours from the City, the City will only provide the customer a credit up to 1,000 kilowatt hours. This applies to all net metering customers starting Oct. 1, 2020.

Please review the updated ordinance for comprehensive information about the net energy metering program. For any questions please contact us at: interconnection@georgetown.org

FAQs:

Q: How often is the Renewable Energy – Received Credit reviewed and adjusted?

A: The Renewable Energy – Received Credit is reviewed annually in January of each year and any modifications to the credit will be effective on February 1 of each year.

Q: How do the changes affect new electric customers who wish to install solar panels?

A: Please note that as of Feb. 1, 2021, the Renewable Energy – Received Credit for all new net metering customers is $0.04692per kilowatt hour.

Q: What is the eligibility for receiving the Renewable Energy – Received Credit of $0.09580 per kilowatt hour?

A: The eligibility requirement applies to net metering customers who were in good standing as of Oct. 1, 2020. These were the net metering customers who were on the net-metering rate as of Oct. 1, 2020.

Q; What is the maximum solar system size?

A: Currently, photovoltaic systems interconnected with City of Georgetown electric distribution are limited to 10 kilowatts-DC for residential and small general service customers.

Q: Are there any changes to the permitting process?

A: No. There are no changes to the permitting and submission process at this time.

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