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West Virginia Net-Metering Rules

Date Last Updated5/15/2013
Policy TypeNet-Metering Policy
State/FederalWV
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeWest Virginia Public Service Commission
Policy Initiation Date8/30/2010
Policy SummaryNet-metering in West Virginia is available to all retail electricity customers. Capacity limits vary based on the customer type and electric utility type. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) with 30,000 customers or more have capacity limits of 25 kW, 500 kW and 2 MW for residential, commercial, and industrial systems, respectively. IOUs with fewer than 30,000 customers and municipal utilities and electric cooperatives have capacity limits of 25 kW, 50 kW and 50 kW for residential, commercial and industrial systems, respectively.

CHP systems also called "recycled energy" in the rules are eligible for net-metering. The rules define recycled energy as any useful thermal, mechanical or electrical energy produced from: (i) Exhaust heat from any commercial or industrial process; (ii) waste gas, waste fuel or other forms of energy that would otherwise be flared, incinerated, disposed of or vented; and (iii) electricity or equivalent mechanical energy extracted from a pressure drop in any gas, excluding any pressure drop to a condenser that subsequently vents the resulting heat. Net excess generation may be carried over to a customer-generator's next bill as a kWh credit at the retail rate indefinitely. The credits may only be applied to the energy portion of the bill. Meter aggregation is allowed, though the costs associated with aggregation are the customer's responsibility.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsBoth fossil-fueled and renewably-fueled CHP and WHP systems are eligible for net-metering.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Capacity limits vary based on the customer type and electric utility type. IOUs with 30,000 customers or more have capacity limits of 25 kW, 500 kW and 2 MW for residential, commercial, and industrial systems, respectively. IOUs with fewer than 30,000 customers and municipal utilities and electric cooperatives have capacity limits of 25 kW, 50 kW and 50 kW for residential, commercial and industrial systems, respectively.
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
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