Focusing on Renewables
Net Metering is available to all residential and small commercial customers with renewable distributed generation. VMEU recognizes that distributed generation must be integrated into its distribution system without impacting the quality of service to all customers. Because Vineland has a relatively large amount of renewable distributed generation, VMEU has established areas that are “closed” to installation of new renewable generation in excess of 5 kW ac. Contact VMEU Engineering to verify the status of individual properties.
VMEU does not pay for excess energy or capacity delivered to VMEU’s system. However, energy credits may accumulate from month to month. These credits cannot be carried over from year to year. Energy credits shall not be transferable to any other account or service location. Energy credits cannot be used to offset the monthly minimum customer service charge, facilities charges and demand charges. In the event a meter must be changed, credits will be transferred to the new meter by adjusting the start reading accordingly.
VMEU will not accept distributed generation systems sized larger than 90% of the applicant’s annual kWh energy use as determined by VMEU. For commercial customers with demand meters, in addition to the 90% kWh limit, the renewable generation system may not be sized larger than 90% of the applicant’s highest demand of the past twelve (12) months. The maximum size for any distributed generator is 4,000 kW and the maximum size for net metering renewable generation is 2,000 kW. (Net metering is only available to renewable generators.)
VMEU will implement decoupled electric tariffs to more accurately reflect the cost of building and maintaining the electric system in comparison to the cost of generation and distribution of electric energy. As decoupled rates are phased in, VMEU will continue to advise all customers. Net metered customers must sign a Service Agreement as a part of the application process. Other documents may be required for interconnection of non-net metered DG equipment. VMEU reserves the right to modify or eliminate existing tariffs as needed. Customer agrees to waive all rights to recover monies due to metering inaccuracies caused by allowing a conventional meter to spin in the “wrong” (reverse) direction.
VMEU will charge the Customer a one-time fee based on the cost of special electronic bi-directional meters, testing and installation at the site. The following are charges for meter testing and installation:
- Residential: $295
- Commercial single-phase: $345
- Commercial polyphase: $726 for self-contained, $1,276 for transformer-rated
- 50 kW and larger: Additional fees may be required based on costs. Uplift charges and other costs related to system capacity and stability may also be the responsibility of the customer.
For more information regarding our interconnection requirements and to obtain an interconnection application for Net Metering Systems and a copy of the VMEU Interconnection Requirements document, please email RenewableEnergy@vinelandcity.org