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Remote Net Metering

On May 23, 2018 Governor Murphy signed A3723/S2314 into law. P.L. 2018 c. 17 Section 6 requires the Board of Public Utilities to establish a "remote net metering" application and approval process for certifying public entities to act as host.

6.a. No later than 120 days after the date of 47 enactment of P.L., c.(C.)(pending before Legislature as this bill), the board shall establish an application and approval process to certify public entities to act as a host customer for remote net metering generating capacity. A public entity certified to act as a host customer may allocate credits to other public entities within the same electric public utility service territory. A copy of the agreement between the public entity to act as a host customer and other public entities designed to receive credits shall be provided to the electric public utility before remote net metering credits may be applied to a customer bill. A public entity certified to act as a host customer may host a solar energy project with a capacity up to the total average usage of the electric public utility accounts for the host public entity customer.

6.b. The board shall establish a remote net metering application process to approve as the primary account holder a certified public entity that is the host customer and the other public entities.

6.c. The board shall require the owner of a solar energy project to pay a certified public entity a pro-rated public sponsor fee of $10,000 per megawatt, up to a 10-megawatt allowance for each public entity. The board shall require each participating customer to pay at least 50 percent of the societal benefits charge established pursuant to section 12 of P.L. 1999, c.23 (C.48:3-60).

A Remote Net Metering (RNM) Stakeholders Meeting was held on July 31, 2018 at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, in the Public Hearing Room at 401 East State Street in Trenton, NJ. A meeting invitation was circulated to the Renewable Energy and Interconnection email distribution lists and posted to the Net Metering and Interconnection Stakeholder page along with an Agenda, a Draft Remote Net Metering Certification Agreement and a RNM Staff Request for Public Comment. A record of comments submitted can be found here.

On September 17, 2018 the Board approved Staff's recommendations for Remote Net Metering. The recommendations, which were based on the stakeholder process described above, are memorialized in this Order. A copy of the Public Entity Certification can be found here.



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