Columbia REA’s Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreement provides for consumers/members who own (generally small, no larger than 100kW) renewable energy facilities (such as wind or solar power). "Net", in this context, is used in the sense of meaning "what remains after deductions" — in this case, the deduction of any energy outflows from metered energy inflows. Under net metering, a system owner receives retail credit for either all or at least a portion of the electricity they generate. Net metering involves monthly rollover of kWh credits, require monthly payment of deficits and the monthly facilities charge (i.e. normal electric bill) Annual settlement of any residual credit during the previous 12 months shall be granted to Columbia REA, without any compensation to the member. Net Metering is a consumer-based renewable energy incentive.
Columbia REA shall have the sole authority to determine which Interconnection requirements are applicable to member’s proposed generating facility.
In the U.S.A., as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, under Sec 1251, all public electric utilities are required to make available upon request net metering to their customers.
NET METERING — each electric utility shall make available upon request net metering service to any electric consumer that the electric utility serves. The term ‘net metering service’ means service to an electric consumer under which electric energy generated by that electric consumer from an eligible on-site generating facility and delivered to the local distribution facilities may be used to offset electric energy provided by the electric utility to the electric consumer during the applicable billing period.
View the Net Metering Policy and Application (complete appendix A online) and contact Member Services at Columbia REA if you are interested in discussing your own Net Energy Interconnection Agreement at (509) 526-4041 or (800) 642-1231. CREA Net Metering Policy and Application