All qualified customers in the area served by the Cooperative.
Applicable for Customers desiring to sell electrical energy to the Cooperative produced by a distributed generation facility, which must be eligible for participation subject to terms and provisions of O.C.G.A. § 46-3-50 et seq. (Georgia Cogeneration and Distributed Generation Act of 2001).
A distributed generation facility must
- Be owned and operated by a Customer of the Cooperative for production of electrical energy, and
- Be located on the Customer’s premises, and
- Be connected to and operate in parallel with the Cooperative’s distribution facilities, and
- Be intended primarily to offset part or all of the Customer generator’s requirement for electricity, and
- Have peak generating capacity of not more than 10 kW for residential applications and not more than 100 kW for commercial applications.
- Use solar photovoltaic system, fuel cell or wind generation
The Cooperative will install single directional metering or bi-directional metering depending on how the Customer is connected to the Cooperative’s distribution system.
Bi-Directional Metering is defined as measuring the amount of electricity supplied by the Cooperative and the amount fed back to the Cooperative by the Customer’s distributed generation facility during the billing period using the same meter. Bi-directional metering shall be used where distributed generation facilities are connected to the Cooperative distribution system on the Customer’s side of the Customer’s meter.
Single Directional Metering shall be defined as measuring electricity produced or consumed during the billing period, in accordance with normal metering practices. Single Directional Metering shall be used where distributed generation facilities are connected to the Cooperative distribution system on the Cooperative’s side of the Consumer’s meter. The meter required for the connection and measurement of energy generated will be placed on the same tariff as the customer requesting the connection and metering.
The Customer will enter into a contract with the Cooperative to cover all incremental metering costs billed monthly as outlined below.
|Single Directional Metering @||$2.65 per month|
|Bi-directional Metering @||$4.15 per month|
Payment for Energy:
Payments for power purchased from distributed generation shall be as described below.
- When electricity supplied by the Cooperative exceeds electricity generated by the Customer’s distributed generation, the electricity shall be billed by the Cooperative in accordance with its tariffs plus the METERING COST.
- When electricity generated by the Customer’s distributed generation system exceeds electricity supplied by the Cooperative, the Customer shall be billed for appropriate customer charges for that billing period (as defined in the appropriate tariff plus METERING COST) and credited for excess kWh generated during the billing period at AVOIDED ENERGY COST, with this kWh credit appearing on the bill for the billing period.
Single Directional Metering:
- The Cooperative shall measure electricity produced or consumed during the billing period, and charge the METERING COST.
- When electricity is generated by the Customer for the billing period, the Customer shall be compensated at AVOIDED ENERGY COST. The Cooperative will only make payments based on metered energy delivered to the Cooperative’s system.
- The amount billed to or credited to the customer will be the net of the charge to the customer’s regular service (according to the tariff with actual read energy) plus the METERING COST less the metered generated energy times the AVOIDED ENERGY COST.
The Cooperative will only be required to purchase energy from eligible distributed generation facilities on a first-come, first-served basis until cumulative generating capacity of all renewable energy sources from all Customers equals 0.2% of the Cooperative’s annual peak demand in the previous year.
In the event the customer develops a credit balance during a billing period, the credit balance will be applied to the next months billing charges. Each December the account will be cleared of any credit balance by the issuance of a check for the credit balance to the customer.
Additional energy may be purchased by the Cooperative at a cost agreed to by it and the Customer-Provider.
Avoided Energy Cost:
Total Avoided Energy Cost = Base Charge at Generator + Transmission Line Loss Avoided Costs at Substation + Distribution Line Loss at Customer
Safety, Power Quality, and Interconnection Requirements:
The Customer shall be responsible for ensuring a safe and reliable interconnection with the Cooperative system and all costs incurred therein. The Cooperative has available, upon request, a Bulletin setting forth criteria for interconnection including system protection requirements, power quality and operating guidelines. The Customer should be familiar with the Bulletin and follow all procedures. Each interconnection request is handled individually by the Cooperative.
Effective: March 1, 2013