Oregon Allows Net Metering for Biomass Power
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed Senate Bill (SB) 84 on June 6 that expands the state's net-metering rules to include biomass power systems using fuels from landfill gas; digester gas; waste; dedicated energy crops available on a renewable basis; and low-emission, nontoxic biomass based on solid organic fuels from wood, forest, or field residues. Read the bill on the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) Web site (PDF 30 KB).
SB-84 also gives the state Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) the authority to increase the capacity limit of individual systems that interconnect to the electric grid through investor owned utilities. Previously Oregon limited the capacity of net-metered power systems to 25 kilowatts (kW). For more information, DSIRE publishes a summary of Oregon's net-metering policies.
Source: September 2005 edition of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's (IREC's) Interconnections newsletter.