Net-metering allows Kentuckians to connect
renewable energy systems (i.e. biomass, solar, wind, or hydroelectric) to the electric grid. When a system generates power,
some or all of it is used on-site. Any excess flows back to the grid and is credited to the customer's account. Customers
do not get paid for producing excess power the customer.
43 states have net metering.
Net metering has existed in Kentucky since 2004. Present law allows systems up to 30 kilowatts in size to connect to all investor-owned
utilities and electric cooperatives. Municipal and TVA-served utilities are exempt from the law, although some municipal utilities have adopted
net metering policies. TVA offers a similar program that pays a premium for renewable power.
The 30 kilowatt limit on net metering restricts the ability of businesses, farms, schools, and local governments to produce
their own power. For many commercial customers, a 30 kilowatt generator would produce only a small fraction of their power
needs, thereby limiting their ability to become energy independent. 17 states allow net metering up to 2 megawatts or more.
Scotty's Transportation in Bowling Green has two one megawatt PV arrays producing energy.
HB 187 bill will do:
The bill increases the size of eligible net-metered systems from 30
kilowatts to two megawatts (2 MW). This would give KentuckiansThe bill would also allow more flexibility in financing and
constructing eligible systems.
- Creates job opportunities
in every county of Kentucky
- Lessens administartive burdens and paperwork
- Cuts energy costs for new schools using renewable energy (ie - Locust Trace,
Richardsville Elementary and Turkey Foot Middle School
- Gives Kentucky's people, businesses, governments and schools more freedom
produce their own energy
Kentucky's energy supply and increases security
- Protects Kentucky's environment
- Supports Kentucky's energy independence