Regulations For Electric Companies (Tennessee)

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Place Tennessee

Applies to States or Provinces Tennessee
Name Regulations For Electric Companies (Tennessee)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Generating Facility Rate-Making, Net Metering
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Tennessee Regulatory Authority
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Statewide

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Regulations for Electric Companies are under the Authority of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, which is the public service branch of the state government. These regulations establish the records electricity providers are required to keep and submit. It requires that all electricity sold by a utility shall be on the basis provided in the required filed rates. All sales of electricity shall be on the basis of meter measurement except when other basis is provided in the filed rates or when the nature of the usage is such that the consumption may be readily computed. Each dwelling unit and commercial unit in a multi unit residential building, mobile home park or commercial building shall have a separate electric meter unless otherwise specified. These regulations outline the relationship between the customer and utilities and set forth the rules for billing and terminating service. Each utility shall develop a plan, acceptable to the Authority, for extensions of facilities, where they are in excess of those included in the regular rates for service and for which the customer shall be required to pay all or part of the cost. This plan must be related to the investment that prudently can be made for the probable revenue. The electric plant of a utility shall be constructed, installed, maintained and operated in accordance with accepted good engineering practice in the electric industry (National Electrical Safety Code, National Electric Code, American Standard Code for Electricity Meters ASA C-12.1, American Standard Requirements, Terminology and Test Code for Instrument Transformers ASA C57.13; all latest editions). Every meter and/or associated device shall be inspected and tested in accordance with the standards contained in American National Standards for Electric Meters - ANSI C.12.1, before being placed in service, and the accuracy of each meter shall be certified to be within the tolerances permitted by rule 1220-4-4.38. Post installation service tests are to be performed within 60 days of installation. These regulations also outline the voltage limits, standard frequency and the recording requirements/testing standards for these.

These regulations also cover the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA), which allow an eligible intervener to submit an application to the Authority. An intervener who wishes to eligible under PURPA must submit the following to the Authority: consumer interest represented by the intervention, outline the general nature of the consumer's expected participation and anticipated budget, an affidavit stating that, but for an award of fees and costs, participation will be a significant financial hardship to the consumer and be served on all affected utility companies and other known parties and interveners to the proceeding. The Authority will determine eligibility and reimbursement payment plans.

Policy Contact

Contact Name David Foster
Department Tennessee Regulatory Authority
Division Utility
Address 460 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN, 37243

Phone 615-741-2904 X 188


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

Authority 1: Tenn. Code 65-2-102
Date Effective 2006-07-01

Authority 2: Rule of Tennessee Regulatory Authority # 1220-4-4
Date Effective 2006-07-01