Combined Heat and Power Partnership
Florida Net-Metering Rules
|Date Last Updated||5/15/2013|
|Policy Type||Net-Metering Policy|
|Policy Administrator/Contact Office||Florida Public Service Commission (PSC)|
|Policy Initiation Date||3/4/2008|
|Policy Summary||In March 2008, the Florida PSC adopted rules for net-metering and interconnection for renewable-energy systems <2 MW in capacity.|
CHP meets the Florida statutory (Section 377.803) definition of "renewable energy," that is electrical, mechanical, or thermal energy produced from a method that uses one of more fuels or energy sources such as hydrogen, biomass, solar energy, geothermal energy, wind energy, ocean energy, waste heat, or hydroelectric power.
The PSC rules apply only to the state's investor-owned utilities; the rules do not apply to electric cooperatives or municipal utilities. However, electric cooperatives and municipal utilities are required to offer their own net-metering standards. Under the PSC rules, qualified renewable energy generators are categorized into three tiers:
Customer net excess generation (NEG) is carried forward at the utility's retail rate, as a kWh credit, to a customer's next bill for up to 12 months. At the end of a 12-month billing period, the utility pays the customer for any remaining NEG at the utility's avoided-cost rate. Renewable energy credits (RECs) remain with the system owner and customers may sell RECs back to the utility. There is no stated aggregate capacity limit for net-metered systems.
|CHP Eligibility Requirements||Both fossil-fueled and renewably-fueled CHP systems are eligible for net-metering.|
|Eligible Project Size (MW)||Systems <2 MW are eligible to net-meter.|
|Minimum Efficiency Required/|
Other Performance Requirements
|Does Not Specify|