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Legislative activities

While the legislature has not yet approved any laws specifically addressing smart grids, the Utah state legislature has passed legislation focusing on net-metering in 2002. The Utah state expanded the net-metering legislation in 2010. (HB 145) The legislature, early on, looked into some of the distributed generation technologies and created contractual methods for voluntarily entering into solar easements for solar energy systems in 1979. [2, 3]


Regulatory activities

Prior to 2006, the Public Service Commission of Utah approved distributed generation and by 2009 this included the establishment of net metering. The Commission approved demand-side management for by 2006. Also by 2006 Time-of-Day rates had been reviewed for all customer types. [4]

“In February 2007, the Utah Public Service Commission decided not to adopt PURPA Standard14 (“Time-Based Metering and Communications”) as enacted in EPACT 2005. The Commission’s Determination gave three reasons:
- The standard is unnecessary because Rocky Mountain Power (PacifiCorp), the only PURPA-covered utility doing business in Utah over which the Commission has ratemaking authority, already offers, (1) TOU rates, which are mandatory for customers using more than 1 MW, (2) seasonal rates, and (3) a peak-load reduction program.
- There is an absence of supporting analysis demonstrating a need for the standard.
- The timeframe for consideration and implementation of the standard is unrealistic.” [1]

Distributed generators include qualifying cogeneration, small qualifying power production facilities, and net metering installations where prices are based on the company's average or seasonally differentiated energy price or the energy is carried forward for billing purposes.

Demand side management includes the customer self directed credit, direct load control, and voluntary load reductions. The customer self directed credit allows a customer to use the DSM cost adjustment to cost-effectively manage demand side management projects within the customers facility. Direct load control installs units on the customer's thermostats, or irrigation systems to reduce load as directed by the company and credits the customer for their participation. Voluntary load reductions allow the customer to make the decision to reduce load during an Exchange Event based on the company provided market price signal.

Time-of-Day rates break the cost for electricity into periods on a seasonal basis with either on-peak, or off-peak pricing.


Utilities and Rate Schedules

Rocky Mountain Power
- Rocky Mountain Power Rates

See the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) for information on consumer-owned Cooperatives: http://www.nreca.org/members/MemberDirectory/Pages/default.aspx


State-Level Incentives

Utah offers tax credits for solar, wind, and water at the corporate and personal levels. The state has a rebate for solar and wind.

More information can be found in the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=1&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=UT


Additional Resources

State Authority Dealing with Energy Regulation:
- Public Service Commission of Utah
- Docket Search: http://www.psc.state.ut.us/utilities/electric/index.html

Utah Code

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=1&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=UT


References

[1] Demand Response and Smart Metering Policy Actions Since the Energy Policy Act of 2005: A Summary for State Officials, Prepared by the U.S. Demand Response Coordinating Committee for The National Council on Electricity Policy, Fall 2008. URL: http://www.oe.energy.gov/DocumentsandMedia/NCEP_Demand_Response_1208.pdf
[2] Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, Utah – Net Metering, 04/26/2010. URL: http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=UT04R&re=1&ee=1
[3] Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, Utah Local Option Solar Access Law, 12/04/2009. URL: http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=UT01R&re=1&ee=1
[4] Rocky Mountain Power, Utah Regulatory Information. URL: http://www.rockymountainpower.net/about/rar/uri.html