Schedule 97 – Avoided Cost Energy Rate
Effective for all bills rendered after October 1, 2015
To residential and general service/commercial Customers who have installed qualifying generating equipment and have entered into a Net-Metering Interconnection Agreement with the PUD.
Net metering measures the difference between the Electricity supplied by the PUD and the Electricity generated by a Customer-generator that is fed back to the PUD. Net-metered generation is supplied to the PUD from a Customer that has operated an interconnected power production facility using solar, wind, fuel cells, hydroelectric, digester gas, or waste, or other qualifying facility as identified the PUD’s Net-Metering Interconnection Agreement, where the generating nameplate capacity is 25 KW or less for residential Customers and 2 MW or less for general service/commercial Customers.
Character of Service
Sixty hertz alternating current at such phases and voltage as the PUD may have available.
Avoided Cost Energy Credit, for all kWhs – 3.60¢ per kW
The Customer-generator shall pay all monthly charges (including the Customer Charge, Energy Charge, Demand Charge, and Power Factor Charge) as applicable in accordance with the applicable Rate Schedule and will receive an annual kWh credit as described below. The accumulated Net Metering energy credit for the net excess kWh Energy will be applied to the Customer’s bill in March each year based on the annual Avoided Cost Energy Credit Rate.
Each separately metered Qualifying Facility (QF) not associated with a retail Customer account will be charged the Customer Charge applicable to their Rate Schedule.
Basis For Power Purchase Price
The power purchase rates are based on the PUD’s Avoided Costs. Avoided Costs are defined in 18 CFR 292.101(6) as “The incremental costs to an electric utility of electric energy or capacity or both which, but for the purchase from the qualifying facility or qualifying facilities, such utility would generate itself or purchase from another source.”
The PUD’s Avoided Cost is based on the forecasted BPA PF wholesale power rate annualized for the current BPA fiscal year ending September 30.
Pricing represents the purchase price per kWh the PUD will pay for all electricity delivered to a Point of Delivery within the PUD’s service territory pursuant to a Net-Metering Interconnection Agreement, including any Energy delivered in excess of the nameplate rating.
Other Charges and Conditions
All other charges and conditions shall be pursuant to the General Terms, Conditions, Rules, and Regulations for Electric Service and the Net-Metering Interconnection Agreement (PDF File, 50kb).