BEAUREGARD ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.
NET METERING PROCEDURES
Pursuant to Section 5.02(A) of the LPSC’s July 26, 2013 General Order (the "Net Metering Order”) regarding the net metering cap, BECi hereby advises that it has surpassed the net metering cap set at 0.5% of its LPSC-jurisdictional retail peak load in net metering purchases. BECi will no longer accept any new net metering applications whereby BECi would credit a member for excess power generated by their parallel generating system.
The LPSC order does not preclude BECi members from purchasing, leasing or otherwise installing photovoltaic solar panels, wind turbines or other sources of renewable power on their private property. It also does not preclude BECi members from being eligible for any applicable state and federal rebate/subsidy programs. Under the terms of the LPSC order, however, upon exceeding the 0.5% cap BECi is neither obligated nor required to purchase any excess power generated by equipment owned or leased by its members.
For those henceforth planning on installing renewable energy generating systems, the Standard Interconnection Agreement and supporting documentation will continue to be required before installation in order to review new interconnections for safety and reliability.
The following steps must be followed to
obtain approval for installation of a net meter with Beauregard Electric
Cooperative, Inc. (BECi). If the following steps are not followed, the system
may not be approved for interconnection to the BECi System.
BECi Engineering at BECiEngr@beci.org
to obtain the following documents:
"Standard Interconnection Agreement”, "Net Metering Rider”, and
"LA Net Metering Rules”. These documents explain the net metering
installation requirements and rates that apply for Beauregard Electric.
Documentation may be submitted to BECi via BECiEngr@beci.org.
BECi member must submit the following before system installation:
a. A completed
copy of the Standard Interconnection Agreement (Sections 1-3) 45 days
prior to date of desired interconnection.
b. A one-line
diagram of the system indicating the electrical interconnection and the
physical location of the equipment to be installed.
c. A manufacturer’s
data sheet (cut sheet) of the visible open, manual, disconnect switch
used for isolation from the BECi system.
from the manufacturer that the system complies with IEEE 1547 – "IEEE
Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power
The primary purpose for these steps is to evaluate the safety of the system
before allowing interconnection with the BECi electrical grid. There shall be
no back-feeding into the BECi system when power to the home is interrupted.
Engineering will issue an approval or disapproval of the design. After
approval of the design has been issued by BECi Engineering the member can
proceed with the installation of the system. After installation, the visible
open, manual, disconnect switch must be in the OFF position to
prevent back-feeding the BECi system.
member must execute Section 4 of the Standard Interconnection Agreement
certifying that the system has been installed in compliance with the local
building/electrical codes. In lieu of the signature of a parish inspector, a
copy of the final inspection certificate may be attached. The parish
inspection must be complete prior to commissioning of the net meter.
member should notify BECi upon completion of the installation and parish
inspection. BECi personnel will contact the member to schedule a time for
utility inspection and testing of the installed system. The homeowner (BECi
member) must be present for the inspection and testing and to execute the Standard
the system passes inspection and testing, BECi will install a Net Meter. The
Net Meter will record Forward KWh (KWh provided by BECi) and Reverse KWh (KWh
fed back onto the electrical grid).
In the case of a member purchasing a
home with an existing parallel generating system and net meter, a NET
METERING TRANSFER AGREEMENT may be completed at the time of application
for service. The technical data need not be re-submitted, and a
re-commissioning visit may not be required.
If there are any questions or you need additional
information, please call or e-mail the BECi Engineering Department.