Avista Utilities - Net Metering (Idaho)

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Place Idaho
Name Avista Utilities - Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Fuel Cells, Hydroelectric, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit 0.1% of utility's peak demand in 1996 (in Idaho)
Applicable Utilities Avista Utilities

Meter Aggregation Not addressed
Net Excess Generation Credited to customer's next bill; granted to utility at end of 12-month billing cycle

REC Ownership Not addressed

System Capacity Limit 100 kW

Website http://everylittlebit.com/GenerateYourOwnRenewableEnergy.aspx
Date added to DSIRE 2006-10-30
Last DSIRE Review 2012-06-28

References DSIRE[1]


Idaho does not have a statewide net-metering policy. However, each of the state's three investor-owned utilities -- Avista Utilities, Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power -- has developed a net-metering tariff that has been approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The framework of the utilities' net-metering programs is similar, in that each utility: (1) offers net metering to customers that generate electricity using solar, wind, hydropower, biomass or fuel cells; (2) limits individual system size to 100 kilowatts (kW); (3) limits aggregate net-metered capacity to 0.1% of the utility's peak demand in a baseline year (1996 for Avista); and (4) restricts any single customer from generating more than 20% of the aggregate capacity of all net-metered systems. Avista Utilities' net-metering tariff is Schedule 63. Previously, Avista had an individual system size cap of 25 kW. In July 2010, the PUC approved an increase in this cap to allow systems up to 100 kW to participate in net metering.

For Avista Utilities customers, any net excess generation (NEG) during a monthly billing period is credited to the customer's next bill at the utility's retail rate. At the beginning of each calendar year, any remaining NEG is granted to the utility with no compensation for the customer. See Avista's Net Metering Schedule for more information.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Customer Service - Avista Utilities
Department Avista Utilities
Address P.O. Box 3727
Place Spokane, Washington
Zip/Postal Code 99220
Phone (800) 227-9187

Website http://www.avistautilities.com

  • 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)"