Kansas - Net Metering (Kansas)

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Place Kansas
Name Kansas - Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit 1% of utility’s retail peak demand during previous year
Applicable Utilities Investor-owned utilities

Meter Aggregation Not addressed
Net Excess Generation Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; granted to utility at end of the calendar year

REC Ownership Utility owns RECs

System Capacity Limit 200 kW for non-residential; 25 kW for residential

Website http://www.kcc.state.ks.us/electric
Date added to DSIRE 2009-05-29
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-15

References DSIRE[1]


Kansas adopted the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act in May 2009 (see K.S.A. 66-1263 through 66-1271), establishing net metering for customers of investor-owned utilities in Kansas. Net metering applies to systems that generate electricity using solar, wind, methane, biomass or hydro resources, and to fuel cells using hydrogen produced by an eligible renewable technology, with a rated capacity of 25 kilowatts (kW) or less for residential customers, 200 kW or less for non-residential customers and 1.5 megawatts (MW) for Cloud County and Dodge City community colleges.

If a customer-generator produces more electricity than is consumed during a monthly period, the net excess generation (NEG) will be carried forward to the next month at the full retail rate. Any excess generation remaining in the customer's account at the end of the calendar year will be granted to the utility. See Net Metering in Kansas for answers to frequently asked questions.

Utilities are required to offer net metering on a first-come, first-served basis until the rated generating capacity of all net-metered systems equals 1% of the utility's peak demand during the previous year (see K.A.R. 82-17-4 for annual reporting requirements).

The Kansas Corporation Commission adopted rules (K.A.R. 82-17-1 through 82-17-5) to implement the statute’s net-metering standards in July 2010. These rules are limited, and they include additional protection for the utility in the event of disruptive problems to the utility's system caused by a net-metered facility.

Utilities are required to offer net metering and must provide net-metered customers with a bi-directional meter at no cost to the customer. Utilities are also prohibited from charging net-metered customers any additional standby charges, capacity charges, interconnection charges or other fees that a customer would not incur if the customer did not participate in net metering. The estimated generating capacity of all net-metered systems may count towards the utility’s renewable capacity requirement under Kansas's renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

More information on utility net metering policies and interconnection guidelines are available on the following utility websites:

Incentive Contact

Department Kansas Corporation Commission
Division Energy Division
Address 1500 SW Arrowhead Road
Place Topeka, Kansas
Zip/Postal Code 66604-4027
Phone (785) 271-3170

Website http://www.kcc.ks.gov/energy/index.htm

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Kansas Statutes 66-1263, et seq.
Date Effective 2009-07-01
Date Enacted 2009-05-22

Authority 2: K.A.R. 82-17-1, et seq.
Date Enacted 2010-07-09

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"