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Florida Net-Metering Rules

Date Last Updated8/12/2014
Policy TypeNet-Metering Policy
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeFlorida Public Service Commission (PSC)
Policy Initiation Date3/4/2008
Policy SummaryIn March 2008, the Florida PSC adopted rules for net-metering and interconnection for renewable-energy systems up to 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:
  • Tier 1: applies to systems up to 10 kW.
  • Tier 2: applies to systems >10 kW, but up to 100 kW.
  • Tier 3: applies to systems >100 kW and up to 2 MW.
Utilities may not charge net-metered customers any fees or charges in addition to those that are approved for non-net-metered customers. Furthermore, utilities are required to offer a standard interconnection agreement for the expedited interconnection of renewable generation systems.

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 RequirementsBoth fossil-fueled and renewably-fueled CHP systems are eligible for net-metering.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Systems up to 2 MW are eligible to net-meter.
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
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