Implementation of the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005

    The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 (text of Act Conference Report) requires each state public utility commission to consider and make a determination regarding five "standards," unless the state already has a comparable standard in effect, or the state commission has already conducted a proceeding considering implementation of a comparable standard, or the state legislature has already voted on the implementation of a comparable standard. The five standards are:

    1.  Each electric utility shall make available upon request net metering service to any electric consumer that the electric utility serves.   Board Determination

    2.  Each electric utility shall develop a plan to minimize dependence on one fuel source and to ensure that the electric energy it sells to consumers is generated using a diverse range of fuels and technologies, including renewable technologies.   Board Determination

    3.  Each electric utility shall develop and implement a 10-year plan to increase the efficiency of its fossil fuel generation.   Board Determination

    4.  Each electric utility shall offer each of its customer classes, and provide individual customers upon customer request, a time-based rate schedule under which the rate charged by the electric utility varies during different time periods and reflects the variance, if any, in the utility's costs of generating and purchasing electricity at the wholesale level. The time-based rate schedule shall enable the electric consumer to manage energy use and cost through advanced metering and communications technology. Each electric utility shall provide each customer requesting a time-based rate with a time-based meter capable of enabling the utility and customer to offer and receive such rate, respectively.  
Board Determination

    5.  Each electric utility shall make available, upon request, interconnection service to any electric consumer that the electric utility serves. ‘Interconnection service’ means service to an electric consumer under which an on-site generating facility on the consumer’s premises shall be connected to the local distribution facilities. Interconnection services shall be offered based upon the standards developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: IEEE Standard 1547 for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems, as they may be amended from time to time. In addition, agreements and procedures shall be established whereby the services are offered shall promote current best practices of interconnection for distributed generation, including but not limited to practices stipulated in model codes adopted by associations of state regulatory agencies. All such agreements and procedures shall be just and reasonable, and not unduly discriminatory or preferential.  Board Determination

Process Used to Consider Standards 1 - 4

Process Used to Consider Standard 5

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