Radical NEM changes

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015

We've just heard from Jim Alberts that Heco is going to submit an application next week that seeks to radically change the NEM program.  It has four parts--three  good and one bad:


1.  MDL limits raised to 250%


2.  allow greatly increased transparency which would include alerting and working with industry with regards to circuits over 250% to come up with solutions, such as which circuits best to upgrade, what sort of upgrades and so forth 


3.  grandfather in all NEMs currently in the queue, including those submitted since 10/22/14, to the current NEM program


4.  put all subsequent NEM applications submitted after the utility gets approval from the Commission to schedule Q--avoided cost.  that would be about 17 cents/kWh.


Clearly, the utility still needs to submit the application to the Commission and get approval.  However, this has no doubt been in the works for a while, and is part of the DGIP submitted earlier last year.  The approval could also come very quickly. 


There is a hearing next Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 1 pm at the legislature on the status of DG, and Leslie will be addressing this new turn of events there.
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