Longmont Power & Communications - Net Metering

May 10, 2006


Longmont Power & Communications (LPC), an electric cooperative utility, offers net metering* to residential and commercial customers who generate electricity using wind or solar resources. Systems up to 50 kilowatts (kW) in capacity are eligible. Net metering is accomplished by using a single, bi-direction meter that measures kilowatt-hour usage and production. Customers with net excess generation (NEG) at the end of a monthly billing period will receive a credit on their next bill, equal to the present retail rate ($0.04519/kWh for residential and $0.04608/kWh for commercial). At the beginning of each calendar year, LPC will pay customers for any remaining unused credit balance accumulated during the previous year. A summary of these net metering procedures can be found on page 7 of LPC , Ordinance No. O-2005-74, "Rates and Regulations." * LPC offers "true" net metering to its customers. In 2002, Colorado enacted legislation (C.R.S. 40-9.5-304 et seq.) requiring the state's electric cooperatives to offer "net metering" to customers. However, the term "net metering" is a misnomer in this particular law. Under the law, customers receive a lower rate (the utility's avoided-cost) for all electricity generated, while customers must pay the full retail rate for all electricity they purchase from utilities. This practice, commonly known as "dual metering," is much less favorable to customer-generators than "true" net metering.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site: http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/lpc/pdfs/2006_rates_regs.pdf
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Wind (Small)
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Utilities: 50 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit: Credited at avoided-cost rate to customer's next bill; utility pays customer for any unused excess generation credit at beginning of each calendar year
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Yes

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.