Net Metering in North Dakota

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Net Metering

Last Updated May 26, 2017

Program Overview

    • Implementing Sector:


    • Category:

      Regulatory Policy

    • State:

      North Dakota

    • Incentive Type:

      Net Metering

    • Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:

      Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric, Municipal Solid Waste, Combined Heat & Power, Wind (Small), Hydroelectric (Small)

    • Applicable Sectors:

      Commercial, Industrial, Residential

    • Applicable Utilities:

      Investor-owned utilities

    • System Capacity Limit:

      100 kW

    • Aggregate Capacity Limit:

      No limit specified

    • Net Excess Generation:

      Reconciled monthly at avoided cost rate*

    • Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:

      Customers retain ownership of renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the customer’s load, while RECs associated with NEG convey to the utility

    • Meter Aggregation:

      Not addressed


Eligibility and Availability

North Dakota’s net metering policy, adopted in 1991 by the state Public Service Commission (PSC), applies to renewable energy systems and combined heat and power (CHP) systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity.* Net metering is available to all customers of investor-owned electric utilities; it is not available to customers of municipal utilities or electric cooperatives.

Net Excess Generation

If a customer has net excess generation (NEG) at the end of a monthly billing period, the utility must purchase the NEG at the utility’s avoided cost rate.

Aggregate Capacity Limit

There is no specified statewide limit on the aggregate capacity of all net-metered systems.

REC Ownership

Customers retain ownership of renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the customer’s load, while RECs associated with NEG convey to the utility (with compensation to the customer-generator).

Utilities may recover metering costs associated with production monitoring from a net-metered system.

* The North Dakota Legislative Council’s Committee on Administrative Rules has objected to the PSC’s provisions for net metering, asserting that the PSC violated legislative intent by establishing net metering. However, according to the PSC, net metering is currently available to qualifying customers in North Dakota.


    • Date Enacted:

    • Effective Date:


  • Organization:

    North Dakota Public Service Commission

  • Address:

    600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 408
    Bismarck, ND 58505

  • Phone:

    (701) 328-1035

  • E-Mail:



    • 05/26/2017 by Autumn Proudlove

      Annual review; no policy changes.

    • 05/10/2016 by Autumn Proudlove

      Annual review; no policy changes.

  • 04/27/2015 by Heather Calderwood

    No changes to program policy.

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.