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New York Net-Metering Rules

Date Last Updated6/9/2014
Policy TypeNet-Metering Policy
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeNew York Public Service Commission
Policy Initiation Date2/26/2010
Policy SummaryNew York's original net-metering law, enacted in 1997 for photovoltaic systems, has been modified several times to include farm-based biogas systems up to 1 MW (A.B. 7987) and to include residential CHP systems up to 10 kW (A.B. 2442). Another modification (A.B. 7765) extends net-metering to fuel cell systems of up to 1.5 MW for non-residential customers. New York's net-metering rules apply to all investor-owned utilities in the state. Publicly-owned utilities are not required to offer net metering; however, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) offers net metering using terms similiar to the state law.

Most net excess generation (NEG) is credited to the customer's next bill at the utility's retail rate. However, micro-CHP and fuel cell NEG is credited at the utility's avoided cost rate. In June 2011 New York enacted legislation (A.B. 6270) allowing eligible farm-based and non-residential customer-generators to engage in "remote" net-metering. The law permits eligible customer-generators to designate net-metering credits from equipment located on property which they own or lease to any other meter that is located on property owned or leased by the customer, and is within the same utility territory and load zone as the net-metered facility.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsBoth fossil-fueled and renewably-fueled CHP systems are eligible for net-metering.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Residential micro-CHP systems up to 10 kW are eligible to net-meter. Also potentially farm-based biogas CHP systems up to 1 MW, and up to 1.5 MW renewably fueled fuel cells are eligible to net-meter.
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
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