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Concerning distributed generation (Palumbo, Carlyle, Mullet)

Modifies distributed generation provisions with regard to: (1) Available net metering offered by electrical utilities; (2) Any remaining unused kilowatt-hour credits to be used to assist qualified low-income residential customers of the electric utility in paying their electricity bills; and (3) Including the total amount of kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed for the most recent twelve-month period on customer billing issued by certain light or power businesses or gas distribution businesses. Requires the state building code council, in consultation with the department of commerce and local governments, to conduct a study of the state building code and adopt changes necessary to encourage greater use of renewable energy systems.

EFFECTS OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE (Energy, Environment & Technology)
(1) Adds a 6 percent minimum threshold for the cumulative generating capacity that a utility must make available for net metering systems. (2) Requires the Department of Commerce to convene a workgroup with specific representatives to identify issues and laws associated with the future of net metering. (3) Requires the workgroup to identify the specific circumstances in which changes in compensation for net metering systems would warranted and what the policy should be for each customer-generator class.

EFFECT OF STRIKER AMENDMENT
(1) Reduces the 6 percent minimum threshold to 4 percent for the cumulative generating capacity that a utility must make available for net metering systems. (2) Adds that the work group must consider the reduction in utility income associated with different levels of net metering and whether there are any cost shifts to ratepayers associated with net metering.

HOUSE COMMITTEE (Technology & Economic Development) STRIKER AMENDMENT
Increases the maximum electrical generating capacity of a net metering system from not more than 100 kilowatts to 1,000 kilowatts, except in certain circumstances. Reduces the minimum net metering threshold from 4.0 percent of a utility's peak demand during 1996 to 2.0 percent of a utility's peak demand during 1996. Specifies that not less than one-half of the utility's 1996 peak demand available for net metering systems must be reserved for residential renewable energy systems. Requires an electric utility that meets or exceeds the minimum net metering threshold to conduct a distributed energy resources planning process in order to offer an alternative to net metering. Provides for the annual expiration of net metering credits on either March 31 or April 30 of each calendar year. Strikes the section requiring the State Building Code Council to conduct a study of the State Building Code. Strikes the section requiring the Department of Commerce to convene a work group on the future of net metering.

Hearing Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6081&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)