Kansas adopted the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act in May 2009 (see K.S.A. 66-1263 through 66-1271), establishing net metering for customers of investor-owned utilities in Kansas. Net metering applies to systems that generate electricity using solar, wind, methane, biomass or hydro resources, and to fuel cells using hydrogen produced by an eligible renewable technology, with a rated capacity of 25 kilowatts (kW) or less for residential customers, 200 kW or less for non-residential customers and 1.5 megawatts (MW) for Cloud County and Dodge City community colleges.
If a customer-generator produces more electricity than is consumed during a monthly period, the net excess generation (NEG) will be carried forward to the next month at the full retail rate. Any excess generation remaining in the customer's account at the end of the calendar year will be granted to the utility. See [http://kcc.ks.gov/energy/net_metering_faq.htm Net Metering in Kansas] for answers to frequently asked questions.
Utilities are required to offer net metering on a first-come, first-served basis until the rated generating capacity of all net-metered systems equals 1% of the utility's peak demand during the previous year (see K.A.R. 82-17-4 for annual reporting requirements).
The Kansas Corporation Commission adopted rules (K.A.R. 82-17-1 through 82-17-5) to implement the statute’s net-metering standards in July 2010. These rules are limited, and they include additional protection for the utility in the event of disruptive problems to the utility's system caused by a net-metered facility.
Utilities are required to offer net metering and must provide net-metered customers with a bi-directional meter at no cost to the customer. Utilities are also prohibited from charging net-metered customers any additional standby charges, capacity charges, interconnection charges or other fees that a customer would not incur if the customer did not participate in net metering. The estimated generating capacity of all net-metered systems may count towards the utility’s renewable capacity requirement under Kansas's [http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=KS07R&re... renewable portfolio standard] (RPS).
More information on utility net metering policies and interconnection guidelines are available on the following utility websites:
*•Kansas City Power and Light - [http://www.kcplsave.com/residential/programs_and_services/net_metering/d... Net Metering Rider]
*•Westar Energy - [http://www.westarenergy.com/wcm.nsf/9696428027fd605386257735006b6631/d02... Net Metering Rider]
*•Empire District - [https://www.empiredistrict.com/DocHandler.ashx?id=2321 Net Metering Rider]