Maryland Legislature Expands Net Metering to Include Biomass, Raises Capacity Limit

April 26, 2005

Maryland Governor Robert Erlich signed House Bill (HB) 1331into law on April 26 that includes bioenergy systems in the state's net metering laws. HB-1331 also expands the maximum capacity of systems that quality for net metering from 80 kilowatts (kW) to 200 kW. Read the bill (PDF 54 KB).

HB-1331 also allows the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to allow net metering for systems with a maximum capacity of 500 kW if the project is "in the public interest." DSIRE mdash; the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy — publishes a detailed explanation of net metering in Maryland.

Maryland originally enacted net-metering legislation in 1997 and later included wind systems as eligible and allowed commercial customers to net meter in May 2004. The total combined capacity of net-metered systems in the state is limited to 34.7 megawatts.

Source: August 2005 edition of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's Interconnection E-Newsletter.