Introduced House Bill (H)

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DIGEST

Solar power for government electric customers. Defines an eligible customer of an electricity supplier as a: (1) county; (2) municipality; (3) school corporation; or (4) state educational institution; that is a customer in good standing. Defines an eligible facility as equipment that: (1) is used to produce electricity from solar energy or photovoltaic cells and panels; (2) either: (A) is owned, operated, leased, or being acquired by an eligible customer; or (B) is used by a third party provider to provide electricity to an eligible customer; under a power purchase agreement; (3) is located in the same assigned electric service Solar power for government electric customers. Defines an eligible customer of an electricity supplier as a: (1) county; (2) municipality; (3) school corporation; or (4) state educational institution; that is a customer in good standing. Defines an eligible facility as equipment that: (1) is used to produce electricity from solar energy or photovoltaic cells and panels; (2) either: (A) is owned, operated, leased, or being acquired by an eligible customer; or (B) is used by a third party provider to provide electricity to an eligible customer; under a power purchase agreement; (3) is located in the same assigned electric service area as is the eligible customer; and (4) has a nameplate capacity not greater than one megawatt. Defines a power purchase agreement as a contract: (1) that is entered into by an eligible customer and a third party provider; and (2) under which the eligible customer: (A) purchases, leases, or acquires ownership of an eligible facility; or (B) purchases from the third party provider electricity generated from an eligible facility. Specifies that a third party provider does not include an affiliate of the eligible customer's electricity supplier. Authorizes an eligible customer to enter into a power purchase agreement with a third party provider. Provides that a third party provider is not an electricity supplier for purposes of Indiana law solely by virtue of the fact that the third party provider enters into a power purchase agreement with an eligible customer. Requires an electricity supplier that is an investor owned utility to offer, not later than January 1, 2018, virtual net metering to an eligible customer that receives electricity generated from an eligible facility. Allows an eligible customer that participates in a virtual net metering program to serve as a customer host and designate not more than five beneficial accounts that are affiliated with premises owned or controlled by the eligible customer to participate in the program. Specifies billing procedures for virtual net metering. Requires the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) to adopt rules to implement the provisions concerning power purchase agreements and virtual net metering. Specifies that the rules must take effect by a date that enables investor owned electric utilities to offer virtual net metering not later than January 1, 2018. Requires the IURC to amend, before January 1, 2018, a specified rule concerning net metering to provide that an investor owned electric utility may limit the aggregate amount of net metering facility nameplate capacity under the utility's net metering tariff to not less than 2% (versus 1% under the current rule) of the utility's most recent summer peak load. ... View more