New Jersey and Maryland Expand Net Metering
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities expanded New Jersey's net metering rules and interconnection standards on September 13 to include all Class I renewable energy systems. (Class I renewables include wind, solar, renewable fuels, ocean, sustainable biomass, and landfill gas.) The amendments to the rules also increase the maximum capacity of these systems from 100 kW to 2 megawatts (MW). In addition to expanding the scope of the rules and standards, the amendments standardize and simplify interconnection procedures for residential and small commercial customers, clarify requirements, and establish criteria for eligible customers' generator system sizes.
Maryland also expanded that state's net metering program for solar electric generating facilities to include wind generators. Wind generating facilities with less than 80 kW of capacity on a utility customer's property and intended to offset all or part of the customer's own utility needs will be eligible for net metering, according to the legislation signed by Governor Robert L. Ehrlich on May 26.
For more information on the amendments to New Jersey's net metering standards, see the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's press release.
For a news story on the Maryland net metering expansion and a link to the bill, see State Renewable Energy News.