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Net Metering
Net Metering » Central Hudson » Distributed Generation » Net Metering

How it Works
Net metering is achieved by allowing a customer's meter to spin in the reverse and forward directions. When the customer's generator is producing less energy than the customer is using, the electric meter will measure the energy passing from the utility to the customer and spin in the forward direction. When the customer's generator is producing more energy than the customer is using, the electric meter will measure the excess energy passing from the customer to the utility and spin in the backward direction. The surplus energy is subtracted, or "netted," from the energy supplied by the utility to the customer, thus "net metered." Information on New York State's program, including rebates and incentives, can be found at www.powernaturally.org.

Eligibility
The following charts summarizes New York State law regarding eligibility for net metering:

Incentive Type:

New York (PSL §66-j) - Net Metering*

Eligible Renewable/
Other Technologies:
Solar
Micro-hydroelectric
Biogas
Micro CHP
Fuel Cell
Applicable Sectors:
Residential

Non-Residential

Farm Service Solar

Residential
Non-Residential
Farm-Waste & Non-Residential
Residential
Residential
Non-Residential
Limit on System Size:
25 kW
Up to 2 MW
Up to 100 kW
25 kW
Up to 2 MW
1 MW
10 kW
10 kW
Up to 2.0 MW
Remote Net Metering:
No**
Yes
Yes
No**
Yes
Yes
No
No**
Yes
Limit on Overall Enrollment:
6% of 2005 Electric Demand per IOU for Solar, Biogas, Micro CHP, Micro-hydroelectric and Fuel Cells combined

Incentive Type:
New York (PSL §66-l) - Net Metering*
Eligible Renewable/
Other Technologies:

Wind

Applicable Sectors:
Residential
Non-Residential
Farm-Service Wind
Limit on System Size:
25kW
Up to 2 MW
500 kW
Remote Net Metering:
No**
Yes
Yes
Limit on Overall Enrollment:
.3% of 2005 Demand per IOU

Remote Net Metering and Eligibility

Applicability
A Customer that owns or operates non-residential photovoltaic generating equipment, farm waste electric generating equipment, non-residential micro-hydroelectric generating equipment, non-residential fuel cell generating equipment or residential customers with farm operations that own or operate micro-hydroelectric generating equipment, photovoltaic generating equipment or fuel cell generating equipment, all as defined in Public Service Law Section 66-j, or farm or non-residential wind electric generating equipment, as defined in Public Service Law Section 66-l, that is net metered pursuant to the applicable sections in General Information Section 38.


Customer Requirements and Eligibility
The customer must apply for remote net metering by providing the Company with an executed Application, signed by the customer, for Remote Net Metering, as set forth below. After the initial application for remote net metering, the customer may designate additional Satellite Accounts or delete existing active Satellite Accounts from the remote net metering arrangement once per year, from January 1 through January 31 to be effective commencing with the subsequent Host Account billing.

The customer must designate the customer meter where the net metering eligible resource is located (“Host Account”) and the customer accounts where the customer would like to apply net metering credits (“Satellite Accounts”) from the Host Account. The customer may designate all or a portion of net metering credits generated by the Host Account to be applied to Satellite Accounts. Satellite Accounts may not also be net metered.

Accounts must be held by the same customer, on property owned or leased by the customer, within the same load zone as determined by the New York Independent System Operator’s locational based margin price as of the date of the initial request by the customer to conduct net metering. The Company reserves the right to investigate and/or obtain proof that all accounts are held by the customer.

In order to satisfy the statutory 2,000 kW limit applicable to photovoltaic generating equipment, each solar array of not more than 2,000 kW must:

(a) be separately metered and interconnected to the utility delivery system; and,
(b) be located on a separate site; and,
(c) be independently operated from any other project.

Please see Leaf 163.5.6 of our electric rate tariffs for additional information.

Applications for remote net metering can be downloaded from the “Forms” section and submitted with your final interconnection request.

Billing
If you are not eligible for net metering, there are many other options available to offset your usage. Please see our electric rate tariffs for more information.