C.R.S. Section 40-9.5-118
Net metering

  • rules


For purposes of this section, unless the context otherwise requires:


“Customer-generator” means an end-use electricity customer that generates electricity on the customer’s side of the meter using eligible energy resources.


“Eligible energy resources” has the meaning established in section 40-2-124.


Each cooperative electric association shall allow a customer-generator’s retail electricity consumption to be offset by the electricity generated from eligible energy resources on the customer-generator’s side of the meter that are interconnected with the facilities of the cooperative electric association, subject to the following:


Monthly excess generation.
If a customer-generator generates electricity in excess of the customer-generator’s monthly consumption, all such excess energy, expressed in kilowatt-hours, shall be carried forward from month to month and credited at a ratio of one to one against the customer-generator’s energy consumption, expressed in kilowatt-hours, in subsequent months.


Annual excess generation.
Within sixty days after the end of each annual period, or within sixty days after the customer-generator terminates its retail service, the cooperative electric association shall account for any excess energy generation, expressed in kilowatt-hours, accrued by the customer-generator and shall credit such excess generation to the customer-generator in a manner deemed appropriate by the cooperative electric association.


Nondiscriminatory rates.
A cooperative electric association shall provide net metering service at nondiscriminatory rates.


Interconnection standards.
A cooperative electric association and a customer-generator shall comply with the interconnection standards and insurance requirements established in the rules promulgated by the public utilities commission pursuant to section 40-2-124; except that the cooperative electric association may reduce or waive any of the insurance requirements, and except that the public utilities commission shall initiate a rule-making proceeding no later than October 1, 2008, for the purpose of addressing cooperative electric association system issues in its small generator interconnection procedures. A cooperative electric association shall not prevent or unreasonably burden the installation of a net metering system if such system includes protective equipment that prevents any export of customer-generated electricity from the customer’s side of the meter.


Intentionally left blank —Ed.


Size specifications.
Each cooperative electric association shall allow:


Residential customer-generators to generate electricity subject to net metering up to ten kilowatts; and


Commercial or industrial customer-generators to generate electricity subject to net metering up to twenty-five kilowatts.


Each cooperative electric association may allow customer-generators to generate electricity subject to net metering in amounts in excess of the minimum amounts specified in subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (e). If the cooperative electric association denies interconnection to a customer-generator that has requested interconnection of a system with a capacity of twenty-five kilowatts or larger, the association shall provide a written technical or economic explanation of such denial to the customer.


The cooperative electric association and the customer-generator shall indemnify, defend, and save the other party harmless from any and all damages, losses, or claims, including claims and actions relating to injury to or death of any person or damage to property, demand, suits, recoveries, costs and expenses, court costs, attorney fees, and all other obligations by or to third parties, arising out of or resulting from the other party’s action or failure to act in relation to any obligations under this section, except in cases of gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing by the indemnified party.

Source: Section 40-9.5-118 — Net metering - rules, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-40.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

Legislative declaration
Exemption from “Public Utilities Law”
Procedure for exemption - election
Certificate of public convenience and necessity
Prohibited acts
Duties of cooperative electric associations
Public meetings - definition
Public posting of documents
Regulations governing consumer complaints
Election policy - adoption - publication - contents
Electronic participation - meetings - elections conducted by mail or electronic means - definition
Board of directors of cooperative electric associations - nomination - elections
Directors - required policies
Notice of meeting - agenda
Provisions applicable to cooperative electric associations
Method of reimposing public utilities commission regulation
Public utilities commission - fees
Investment in public-private transportation facilities
Surcharge for underground conversion of facilities
Net metering - rules
Legislative declaration
Service rights and facilities of cooperative electric associations within municipalities or within areas to be annexed by municipalities which own and operate electric utilities
Just compensation for service rights and facilities by municipality
Purchase by cooperative electric association of electric distribution facilities and service rights of municipality
Provisions on purchase nonexclusive - no effect on existing contracts
Green check means up to date. Up to date

Current through Fall 2024

§ 40-9.5-118’s source at colorado​.gov