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Net Energy Metering (NEM) Service Changes Effective 10/1/2020

On Sept. 22, 2020, the City Council approved changes to Net Energy Metering (NEM) Service (Sec. 13.04.018. of the City of Georgetown Ordinance). If you are customer planning to install solar panels, please review the following changes to the Net Metering program. This page will be updated with more information and detail in coming weeks.

The NEM service ordinance deals with the following:

  1. Distributed Energy Resources (DER) interconnection requirements. DER include installation of solar panels by customers of Georgetown Electric.
  2. Net Energy Metering rate that is applicable to residential and small general customers with installed DER systems on customer premises of no greater than 10 kW-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 “Renewable Energy – Received Credit” changed from $0.09580 per kilowatt hour to $0.04976 per kilowatt hour (for 2020). Applicable to all new Net Energy Metering customers as of Oct. 1, 2020.
    • The market-based rate will be updated annually. The “Renewable Energy – Received Credit” for 2020 is $0.04976 per kilowatt hour.
    • Existing NEM 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 NEM customers starting Oct. 1, 2020.

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

FAQs:

Q: How do the changes approved on Sept. 22, 2020, affect new electric customers who wish to install solar panels?

A: Please note that as of Oct. 1,2020, the “Renewable Energy – Received Credit” for all new NEM customers is $0.04976 per kilowatt hour.

Q: What is the eligibility for receiving the “Renewable Energy – Received Credit” of $0.09580 per kilowatt hour until September 30, 2022.

A: The eligibility is existing NEM customers in good standing as of Oct. 1, 2020.  These are the net metering customers who are 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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