Net Metering Policy, effective January 1, 2018

The Block Island Utility District’s current net metering policy is shown below. The program is currently on hold for any new applicants due to  3% penetration being reached in the summer of 2019. Per Rhode Island Statute 39-26.4 Net Metering, we cannot accept any new applicants.

The Block Island Utility District Board of Commissioners is currently developing a new policy to implement a new program. Current net metering customers will not be affected by this.

If you wish to be put on a waiting list for consideration under our new policy, please contact us at 401-466-5851.

Approved by BIPCo Board of Directors, December 20, 2017

The Board of Directors of the Block Island Power Company (BIPCo) hereby ratifies BIPCo’s voluntary Net Metering Policy as follows, effective January 1, 2018 for a period of one (1) year.

Eligible Installations: All installations that use renewable energy resources as defined in

Approved by BIPCo Board of Directors, December 20, 2017

The Board of Directors of the Block Island Power Company (BIPCo) hereby ratifies BIPCo’s voluntary Net Metering Policy as follows, effective January 1, 2018 for a period of one (1) year.

R.I.G.L. § 39-26.4-2(1) are eligible for net metering only if they are:

  • privately owned and located on parcels for that customer’s  residential use exclusively, and conform to Block Island Ordinances, including all Planning and Zoning requirements, and Block Island’s  Comprehensive Plan, and are 
  • certified by the Town Building Inspector and BIPCo to be a proper installation, and are
  • installed by an electrician who is licensed by the State of Rhode Island to install solar units or any other appropriate electrical generating units that rely on renewable energy resources and that
  • the installer must possess and furnish to  BIPCo proof of all required licenses, to include, but not limited to a current Rhode Island  Renewable Energy Professional license, and that
  • the total wattage by plate of all units does not exceed 3% ofBIPCo’s yearly peak.

The Block Island Post Office Building is an eligible grandfathered  installation.

No installations that service non residential customers are allowed to be net metered.

All installations must have “smart meters” that will allow BIPCo to measure the amount of electricity delivered and received.  (NOTE:  The three existing wind turbines on Block Island have dual meters because of their age and configuration  but function in the same manner as the newer smart meters and will be considered to be smart meters for this purpose).

All accounts will be reconciled monthly.

Total capacity of the current, non-grandfathered accounts plus installations of all types may not exceed 3% of BIPCo’s previous year’s peak.  Once the cap is reached, BIPCo will not allow additional net metering, unless the cap is increased by BIPCo.

Net Metering Credit- “”Excess Renewable Net Metering Credit” means a credit that applies to each eligible net metering system for that portion of the renewable self-generator’s production of electricity beyond one hundred percent (100%) of that generator’s individual consumption.  The self-generator will not be given any credit for the production of electricity greater than one hundred twenty-five percent (125%) of the renewable self-generator’s own consumption. This production and consumption of electricity must take place at the eligible net metering system site during the applicable billing period.

The applicable billing period is monthly.

Such Excess Renewable Net Metering Credit shall be equal to BIPCo’s  avoided cost. The customer must install equipment approved by BIPCo which prevents the flow of electricity into BIPCo’s  system when BIPCo’s supply is out of service.

BIPCo shall have the right to disconnect any facility if in BIPCo’s opinion the facility interferes or is likely to interfere with BIPCo’s  service to other customers.

All interconnection costs associated with the facility shall be borne by the customer.

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