CT: Virtual net metering regs continue to evolve


Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has issued a draft decision in an ongoing case (Docket 13-08-14) addressing virtual net metering, modifying a final decision originally issued July 21, 2014. The draft decision removes the concept of “virtual netting,” which is intended to address situations in which a stand-alone generator is installed at a location without an existing load, and therefore without an existing electric rate schedule. Utilities argued (and PURA agreed) that this was unnecessary because the utility would simply enroll the generator in a small general service rate schedule. In addition, the draft decision introduces a non-consolidated billing requirement for beneficiary accounts, meaning that all beneficiary accounts must be billed separately to facilitate a detailed audit trail of excess generation credit assignment among beneficiary accounts.