Net Metering (Kentucky)

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Place Kentucky
Name Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Hydroelectric, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Wind, Biogas
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit 1% of utility's single-hour peak load during previous year
Applicable Utilities Investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives (except TVA distribution utilities)

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

REC Ownership Customer owns RECs

System Capacity Limit 30 kW

Date added to DSIRE 2004-05-04
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-04

References DSIRE[1]


In April 2008, Kentucky enacted legislation that expanded its net metering law by requiring utilities to offer net metering to customers that generate electricity with photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass, biogas or hydroelectric systems up to 30 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) issued rules on January 8, 2009. Utilities had 90 days from that date to file tariffs that include all terms and conditions of their net metering programs, including interconnection.

Net metering is available to all customers of investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives, exempting TVA utilities. Kentucky's requires the use of a single, bi-directional meter for net metering. Any additional meter, meters or distribution upgrades needed to monitor electricity flow in each direction will be installed at the customer's expense. If the electricity fed back to the utility by the customer exceeds the electricity supplied by the utility during a billing period, the customer is credited for excess generation at the utility's retail rate. This credit will appear on the customer's next bill and will carry forward indefinitely. Credits are not transferable. The customer retains ownership of any Renewable Energy Credits.

If the cumulative generating capacity of net-metered systems reaches 1.0% of a utility's single-hour peak load during the previous year, the PSC may limit the utility's obligation to offer net metering. When time-of-day or time-of-use metering is used, the electricity fed back to the grid by customers is net-metered and accounted for at the specific time it is fed back to the grid in accordance with the time-of-day or time-of-use billing agreement currently in place.

The PSC order also included interconnection standards for net-metered systems. According to the state's net-metering statute, systems and interconnecting equipment must meet all applicable safety and power quality standards established by the National Electrical Code (NEC), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and accredited testing laboratories such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Incentive Contact

Contact Name John Shupp
Department Kentucky Public Service Commission
Address 211 Sower Blvd., P.O. Box 615
Place Frankfort, Kentucky
Zip/Postal Code 40602
Phone (502) 564-3940

Contact Name Andy McDonald
Department Kentucky Solar Partnership
Address 2235 Gregory Woods Road
Place Frankfort, Kentucky
Zip/Postal Code 40601
Phone (888) 576-6527


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

Authority 1: KRS § 278.465 et seq.
Date Effective 7/13/2004 (amendments effective 07/15/2008)
Date Enacted 4/22/2004 (amended 2008)

Authority 2: KY PSC Order 2008-00169
Date Enacted 2009-01-08

  • 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)"