Revenue Grade Meter

Although it is NJ Renewable Energy’s opinion that requiring existing under 10KW systems to upgrade to a revenue meter is outside the contractual agreements made previously with the BPU, we have no choice but to offer meter upgrades to all of our previous clients and/or system owners who have had their system installed by a different company.  Unfortunately, there is no set fee, since each system may have its own design specifications and local code enforcement policy.
Sent on behalf of the NJ Board of Public Utilities
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Dear Subscriber:
On May 1, 2012, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) re-adopted Chapter 8 (renewable energy and energy efficiency) rules with amendments effective June 4, 2012.These rules require that all solar energy systems seeking eligibility to earn Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) in New Jersey’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) have a revenue-grade meter to accurately measure the system’s electric output. This meter is in addition to the electric meter installed by your local utility to measure your home or business’ electric consumption for net metering purposes. In re-adopting rule N.J.A.C. 14:8-2.9(c), the BPU Board eliminated the use of production estimates for systems with a capacity of less than 10 kW.
If you presently do not have a revenue-grade meter, one that meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard C12.1-2008, you must have one installed by no later than November 30, 2012. Following that date, SRECs for use in NJ’s RPS will be issued to systems based only upon readings obtained from a revenue-grade meter measuring system output.
To have a revenue-grade meter installed, contact your solar installer or a licensed electrician familiar with solar. A list of solar installers can be found on our website athttp://www.njcleanenergy.com/findavendor. There may be a charge for the meter and its installation, and you may also be subject to local New Jersey permitting fees and inspections. Additional information on the production meter requirements can be found at http://www.njcleanenergy.com/.  Courtesy copies of the regulation proposal and adoption documents as well as instructions for accessing the full chapter of renewable energy regulations can be found at www.nj.gov/bpu under the link for Board Agenda Business.
If you already report your system production based upon readings from a revenue-grade meter that meets the ANSI C12.1 Standard, please disregard this letter. If you have questions regarding the meter requirement, please contact njreinfo@csgrp.com or 1-866-NJSMART. If you have any questions with your PJM-GATS account regarding your SRECs, please contact PJM-GATS at gatsadmin@pjm-eis.com.
JACLYNN LUKACH
Vice President
PJM Environmental Information Services, Inc
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