Net Metering in Montana

Net Metering

Only 30 ft tall kicks in at 6mph and at 12mph produces 36kw enough to power 30 average homes

Last Updated September 14, 2016

Program Overview

    • Implementing Sector:

      State

    • Category:

      Regulatory Policy

    • State:

      Montana

    • Incentive Type:

      Net Metering

    • Utilities:

      NorthWestern Corporation

    • Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:

      Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Hydroelectric, Wind (Small), Hydroelectric (Small)

    • Applicable Sectors:

      Commercial, Industrial, Residential

    • Applicable Utilities:

      Investor-owned utilities

    • System Capacity Limit:

      50 kW

    • Aggregate Capacity Limit:

      No limit specified

    • Net Excess Generation:

      Credited to customer’s next bill at retail rate; granted to utility at end of 12-month period

    • Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:

      Not addressed

    • Meter Aggregation:

      Not addressed

Summary

Montana’s net-metering law, enacted in July 1999, applies to all customers of investor-owned utilities. Systems up to 50 kilowatts (kW) in capacity that generate electricity using solar, wind or hydropower are eligible. No limit on enrollment or statewide installed capacity is specified. Utilities may not require customer-generators to comply with any additional standards or requirements beyond those established by the National Electric Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Net excess generation (NEG) is credited to the customer’s next monthly bill. The customer may choose to start the net metering period at the beginning of January, April, July or October to match seasonal farming cycles. At the beginning of the year — either in January, April, July or October, depending on the customer’s choice — any remaining unused kilowatt-hour (kWh) credits accumulated during the previous year are granted to the utility.

Montana’s electric cooperative utilities developed a draft net-metering agreement in 2001; this agreement has been adopted by most of the state’s cooperatives. Contact your electric cooperative to find out if net metering is available.

The Legislature passed a joint resolution in April 2015 to conduct a study on the costs and benefits of net metering, noting it is necessary to determine such impacts before moving forward with changes to the state net metering program. The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee reviewed net metering issues, prepared a draft report to the legislature, and has drafted several proposed bills to implement changes to the state’s net metering policy to be reviewed by the full legislature in the next session. Committee materials, including the draft bills, may be found here.

Authorities

    • Date Enacted:
      1999

    • Date Enacted:
      04/27/2015

Contact

  • Organization:

    Montana Public Service Commission

  • Address:

    1701 Prospect Avenue
    Helena, MT 59620-2601

  • Phone:

    (406) 444-6359

  • E-Mail:

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    • 09/14/2016 by Kate Daniel

      Annual review. The legislative Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee reviewed net metering policy in Montana to recommend possible changes to the policy.

  • 05/21/2015 by Kate Daniel

    Annual review. Legislature passed resolution to study the costs and benefits of net metering

36KW Wind Turbine, Power Produced Each Month

The charts below gives a rough estimate of the power produced each month by Change Wind Corporations 36KW Helical Wind Turbine, and by a rough estimate I mean, the wind changes daily and your not going to get a wind to blow steadily at 10mph for a whole month.

 The main reason for the chart is to show how much electricity can be produced each month which is a lot, and that’s in the present time, what will it be 5 years from now or 10-20 years from now.

The cost per kilo watt hour has risen 30% or more in much of the USA over the past 10 years, some places a lot more then 30% and costs will continue to rise as coal mines are shut down and demand continues to rise.

Take the numbers from the chart and add about 50% more to that total and that’s the amount of power Change Winds 36KW wind turbine will produce 10-15 years from now.