Hawaii Expands Net Metering, Credit for Excess Generation

July 01, 2005

The Hawaii Legislature passed legislation that increases the capacity of systems that are eligible for net metering from 10 kilowatts (kW) to 50 kW beginning July 1. Senate Bill 1003 also empowers the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to increase the total rated capacity from distributed generation on any utility's system above the current limit of 0.5%. Finally, it also permits homeowners and businesses with distributed generation systems to credit their accounts for excess electricity generated beyond what they consume over a twelve-month period. Read the bill.

Governor Lingle also signed Act 69, which is titled "Relating to Standards for Net Metered Renewable Energy Systems." This act directs the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to review and determine safety, performance, and reliability standards for distributed energy systems exceeding 10 kilowatts in rated capacity.