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Vermont Net-Metering Rules

Date Last Updated8/13/2014
Policy TypeNet-Metering Policy
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeVermont Department of Public Service
Policy Initiation Date4/21/1998
Policy SummaryNet-metering legislation, which includes provisions for CHP, was enacted for the first time in Vermont in 1998, and has been amended several times, most recently by HB 702 of 2014. HB 702 now allows for any electric customer in Vermont to net meter after
CHP Eligibility RequirementsFossil-fueled and Renewably-fueled CHP systems are eligible for net-metering. Fossil-fueled CHP systems are limited to 20 kW in size. Renewably-fueled systems are generally limited to 500 kW in size.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Up to 20 kW for micro-CHP, up to 2.2 MW for military facilities, and up to 500 kW for all other systems are eligible for net-metering.
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
For fossil-fueled CHP to qualify, at least 20% of its fuel's total recovered energy must be thermal and at least 13% must be electric, the design system efficiency must be at least 65%.
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