Interconnecting Customer Generation Bill Tierney Meter Services & Field Operations Portland General Electric Portland General Electric Co. WA 828,000 customers OR 2,603 employees Service territory population 1.7 million, 44% of state’s population Beaver Port Westward OREGON Colstrip 3 Colstrip 4 (Montana) Columbia River Portland 52 cities served 4,000-square-mile service area 100% Smart Meters WASHINGTON Coyote Springs Biglow Canyon Boardman T.W. Sullivan Bull Run River Mill Faraday North Fork Oak Grove Salem Pelton Round Butte (Madras) What We’ll Cover Today Three Typical PV Interconnection Options – Net Metering – Small Power Production (FERC Qualifying Facilities) – Solar Payment Option (Oregon Feed-in Tariff) 500 kW array located in Aurora, OR Net Metering - PGE Over 20 MW of Renewable Capacity – – – – 98% Photovoltaics Ave. Residential PV: 3.49 kW Ave. Non-Residential PV: 49.57 kW Largest PV: 869 kW Net Metering PGE OREGON Legislature Acted in 1999 and 2005 OPUC Administrative Rules 2005 & 2007 Applicable to solar, wind, hydropower, fuel cells or biomass Net Metering PGE Max. size - 2 MW nameplate for NonResidential & 25kW for residential Generation first offsets load, then, if generation > load, exports. Bi-directional metering at Utility ‘point of service’. Net Excess Generation Credit is Carried Over Month to Month Once a Year True-Up Excess goes to low-income assistance program Customer Owns REC 47.0 kW array at a Carlton, Ore. winery 104 kW array, ODOT Net Metering customer Solar Payment Option (Feed-in Tariff) Oregon Legislature Acted 2009 OPUC Administrative Rules 2010 Pilot Program up to 25 MW among its three investor-owned utilities by 2015 PGE 14.9 MW Customer Receives Payment for Electricity Generated Contract for 15 years Solar Payment Option Divided into three system size categories Small Systems (≤10 kW DC) – “Net Metering” (NM) Option Medium Systems (>10 to ≤100 kW DC) - NM & Bid Option Large Systems (>100 to ≤500 kW DC) - Bid Option Solar Payment Option Requirements Varying Enrollment Methods • • • • • Small Systems – Lottery - then First-come, First-Served Medium Systems - Lottery/FCFS and Bid-option RFP Large Systems – Bid-option RFP Lottery Rate Set by OPUC • First Lottery = $.65 Current Lottery = $.39 • Requires additional meter when connected behind customer load • Bid-option requires authority to make power sales at market based rates • Must be located on same property as PGE retail service Incentives Small Power Production Over 3.5 MW of DC nameplate capacity currently online - Over 99% Photovoltaics - Another 4.4 MW of DC nameplate in development and online before the end of 2011 Small Power Requirements Up to 20 MW nameplate FERC Qualifying Facility Generation metered before any load Typically “Avoided Cost” Payment –defined in 18 CFR 292.101(6) as “incremental costs” based largely on natural gas futures –20 year Standard Contract Term –Fixed Price up to 15 years 518 kW array ProLogis rooftop Small Power project Benefits in Oregon Feed-In Tariff x ETO Credit Small Power Fed Tax Credit Payment Net Metering Free Metering Program Other Considerations Aggregation, loss of yearly excess kWh. x x x x x Allows larger PV x x systems. Insurance Requirements, Pilot Project with evolving eligibility requirements. Current Status Customers Energy Net Metering 3,300 28,000 kW Solar Payment 1,018 12,300 kW 20 8.9 MW Small Production 101 kW commercial array in Hillsboro, Ore.