Massachusetts seeking to clarify net metering definitions

In May, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities requested comments regarding the definitions of a net metering “facility” and “unit,” in particular with respect to determining net metering generating capacity under the statute.

Specifically, the inquiry seeks to establish whether a net metering facility’s generating capacity is determined by the amount of capacity associated with: (1) a single meter; (2) a single parcel of land; (3) a single interconnection point on an electric distribution system; or (4) some other criteria.

There is some concern that the statute may allow larger projects to split themselves up into smaller subdivisions in order to meet the net metering capacity cap, but as a result may consume the remaining net metering capacity quickly.

Participants’ comments were due June 4 and are available on the DPU’s website for docket 11-11.


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