Net Metering (Alaska)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Alaska
Name Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Municipal Solid Waste, Ocean Thermal, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind, Hydrokinetic
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit 1.5% of average retail demand
Applicable Utilities Utilities with annual retail sales of 5,000,000 kWh or more

Meter Aggregation Not addressed
Net Excess Generation Credited to customer's next bill at non-firm power rate; carries over indefinitely

REC Ownership Not addressed

System Capacity Limit 25 kW

Date added to DSIRE 2009-10-22
Last DSIRE Review 2012-09-24

References DSIRE[1]


In October 2009, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) approved net metering regulations. These rules were finalized and approved by the lieutenant governor in January 2010 and became effective January 15, 2010. All electric utilities subject to economic regulation are required to offer net metering. Independent systems with retail sales of less than 5,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) are exempt from offering net metering. Utilities that generate 100% of electricity from certain approved renewable energy sources and other sources approved by the RCA that have a low environmental impact are also exempt.

With these regulations, renewable energy systems with a capacity up to 25 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for net metering. Overall enrollment is limited to 1.5% of a utility's retail sales from the previous year. Utilities may require additional metering equipment, but the utilities are responsible for all costs associated with installing and maintaining this additional equipment.

Net excess generation is reconciled monthly, with the utility crediting the customer-generator's account for the excess kWh generation multiplied by the "non-firm power rate." These dollar amount credits do not expire and can be applied to subsequent monthly bills. Utilities cannot charge customer-generators additional standby, capacity, interconnection, or other charges unless approved by the RCA.

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

Authority 1: [JUMP:%27Title3Chap50!2C+a!2E+3%27/doc/{@1}?firsthit 3 AAC 50.900 et seq.]
Date Effective 2010-06-16

Authority 2: Regulatory Commission of Alaska Order R-09-001(3)
Date Effective 2010-01-15

Authority 3: Regulatory Commission of Alaska Order R-09-001(3), Appendix A
Date Effective 2010-01-15

  • 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)"