In April 2008, Kentucky enacted legislation which required the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to develop interconnection and net metering guidelines for all retail electric suppliers operating in Kentucky (excluding TVA utilities). The Kentucky PSC adopted those guidelines on January 8, 2009 (Order 2008-00169).
The PSC's rules set forth a two-tiered approach to simplify the interconnection process:
Utilities, at their own discretion, may require an external disconnect switch or waive the requirement for systems approved at either application level. In addition, customers must maintain general liability insurance coverage (e.g., a standard homeowner’s or commercial policy) for their systems. The PSC has ruled that the customer retains any and all renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with the generation of renewable energy.
Note: A utility may negotiate a contract for interconnection with a merchant or co-generation electric generating facility with a capacity of up to 10 megawatts. This customer would most likely incur some significant initial costs for equipment, possible grid/line upgrades, safety devices, and insurance, for example. By law, larger systems may establish interconnection, however only after receiving approval from the PSC/Siting Board (See KRS § 278.212. KY PSC Order 2008-00169 only covers interconnection as it applies to net-metered systems).
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||
|Applicable Utilities:||Investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives (except TVA distribution utilities)|
|System Capacity Limit:||30 kW|
|Insurance Requirements:||"Additional" liability insurance not required for systems that meet certain technical standards|
|External Disconnect Switch:||Utility's discretion|
|Net Metering Required:||Yes|
|Name:||KY PSC Order 2008-00169|
|Name:||KRS § 278.465 et seq.|
|Date Enacted:||04/22/2004 (amended 2008)|
|Effective Date:||07/13/2004 (amendments effective 07/15/2008)|
|Organization:||Kentucky Public Service Commission|
211 Sower Blvd., P.O. Box 615
Frankfort KY 40602
|Organization:||Kentucky Solar Partnership|
2235 Gregory Woods Road
Frankfort KY 40601
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.
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