Idaho Power - Net Metering (Idaho)

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Place Idaho
Name Idaho Power - 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 2000 (in Idaho)
Applicable Utilities Idaho Power

Meter Aggregation Not addressed
Net Excess Generation Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate for residential and small commercial customers; credited at 85% of avoided-cost rate for large commercial and agricultural customers

REC Ownership Customer

System Capacity Limit 100 kW for large commercial and agricultural; 25 kW for all others

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-13

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 residential systems to 25 kilowatts; (3) limits aggregate net-metered capacity to 0.1% of the utility's peak demand in a baseline year (2000 for Idaho Power); and (4) restricts any single customer from generating more than 20% of the aggregate capacity of all net-metered systems. Idaho Power's net-metering tariff is Schedule 84.

For residential and small commercial customers, net excess generation (NEG) is credited at Idaho Power's retail rate and carried forward to the next month. For large commercial and agricultural customers, NEG is credited at 85% of the utility's avoided-cost rate and carried forward to the next month.

Under Idaho Power's net-metering tariff, the customer is responsible for "all costs associated with any [utility] additions, modifications, or upgrades to any [utility] facilities that the [utility] determines are necessary as a result of the installation of the [generator] in order to maintain a safe, reliable electrical system."

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Net Metering Information
Department Idaho Power Company
Address P.O. Box 70
Place Boise, Idaho
Zip/Postal Code 83707-9902
Phone (208) 388-2559
Phone 2 (800) 488-6151

  • 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)"