General Metering Provisions
A customer-generator facility that qualifies under UGI’s Tariff Rule 17 – Net Metering, will be equipped by UGI with a single bi-directional meter that can measure and record the flow of energy (kilowatt-hours) in both directions. Once installed the meter is read on the customer’s normal monthly meter reading cycle and the meter data is netted to calculate the customer’s bill. (See Meter Diagram below). In any given month, when the customer generation is in excess of customer load, the excess will be applied to subsequent month billings. At the end of the annual period, the customer-generator will be compensated for any unapplied excess customer generation which occurred during the preceding year at the full retail value. The full retail value is UGI’s price-to-compare at the customer-generators rate schedule.
The Net Metering provisions also provide for either virtual or physical meter aggregation on properties owned or leased and operated by a customer-generator within two (2) miles of the boundaries of the customer-generators property. Physical meter aggregation involves the physical rewiring of multiple meters/service to allow for a single meter to measure the electric service for that customer-generator. Physical meter aggregation is at the customer’s expense. Virtual meter aggregation is the combination of meter information from multiple meters through UGI’s billing system which does not require additional wiring. The customer-generator is responsible only for any incremental expense entailed in processing his account on a virtual meter aggregation basis.
- In the above diagram, the customer-generator is directly connected to the home/business through the existing service panel.
- Energy produced by the customer-generator is supplied to the home/business and offsets part or all of the energy requirements (load) for that location normally supplied by UGI.
- When the amount of energy produced by the customer-generator exceeds the load, the excess energy is supplied to the UGI system.
- The bi-directional meter measures and records the energy (kWh) consumed by home/business and also any energy delivered by the customer-generator to the UGI system.