Electric Department

The Sullivan Electric Department has adopted an Interconnection and Net Metering Policy.
An Application for Interconnection can be submitted online.

 Net Metering and Interconnection Policy per the City's Code of Ordinances


          11-5-1        AVAILABILITY.  The City shall make available, upon request, net metering service to any customer taking service from the City who meets the requirements set forth in this Article.  For purposes of this Article, “net metering” means service to an electric customer under which electric energy generated by that electric customer from an eligible on-site generating facility owned by that customer and, under some circumstances, delivered to the local distribution facilities, may be used to offset electric energy provided by the electric utility to the electric customer as provided for in this Article.

          11-5-2        ON-SITE GENERATING FACILITY DEFINED.  For purposes of this Article, an eligible on-site generating facility shall be defined as a renewable generating facility such as a photovoltaic facility and small wind turbines.  Other forms of renewable generation shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.  In all cases, facilities interconnected must be deemed renewable to qualify for this Article.

          11-5-3        INTERCONNECTION STANDARDS.  The electric generating facility must also abide by the City’s Interconnection Standards currently in place.

          11-5-4        CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.  Any generating facility greater than 10 kW but less than 1 MW shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.  The decision with respect to such facilities shall be made by the Electric Commissioner.

          11-5-5        SIZE OF INSTALLATION.  Notwithstanding the provisions in this Article, the City reserves the authority to limit the size of a customer net-metered installation to a size such that the electrical output will not, as a matter of routine operation, exceed the electric load of the service on which it is installed.

          11-5-6        CAPACITY.  Total net-metered capacity interconnected under this Article for the City system shall not exceed two percent (2%) of the system’s peak, as it existed in the prior calendar year.  In the event that the system peak is reduced such that the existing net capacity exceeds the two percent (2%) level, those existing net metered customers shall be allowed to continue under this Article.  However, no new interconnections will be allowed until the system peak grows such that net-metered capacity is again no greater than two percent (2%) of the system’s peak.

          11-5-7        BI-DIRECTIONAL METERS.  All net metering customers shall have bi-directional meters installed by the City.  If the amount of electricity used by the customer during the billing period exceeds the amount of electricity produced by the customer, the utility shall charge the customer for the net electricity supplied to and used by the customer at the full retail rate.  If the amount of electricity produced by the customer during the billing period exceeds the amount to electricity used by the customer during the billing period, the utility will credit the customer at a rate equal to the utility’s avoided wholesale electric rate, for the same billing period.

          11-5-8        COSTS.  Any costs the City incurs associated with the net metering program, including but not limited to changes in metering, other physical facilities or billing-rated costs, shall be borne by the participants in the net metering program provided however that such costs shall be capped at One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) to each qualifying customer interconnecting facilities of 10 kW or less.  For those facilities greater than 10 kW that are deemed to qualify under this Article, all costs associated with the program shall be borne by the applicant.

          11-5-9        DOCUMENTS.  The City shall develop such documents as needed to implement this Article.

(Ord. No. 16-8; 06-27-16)


          11-6-1        INTERCONNECTION SERVICES.  The City shall make available, upon request, interconnection services to any customer that meets the required guidelines.  Interconnection services in this Article refers to on-site generating facilities connected to the City’s electric distribution system in a manner that will allow excess electricity generated by the eligible on-site generating facility to be safely delivered onto the City’s electric distribution system.

          11-6-2        GUIDELINES.  Guidelines for interconnecting to the utility system are as follows:

          (A)               Only generating facilities that have been approved by the Electric Department of the City shall be interconnected with the City’s electric distribution system.

          (B)               Interconnection Services shall only be available to premises with aggregated total generation at a single customer site of less than 1 MW.

          (C)               All interconnections shall comply with IEEE Standard 1547 for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems (IEEE 1547) as they may be amended from time to time.

          (D)               All auxiliary generation interconnections shall have a time delay set for no less than two (2) minutes.

          (E)               The City is under no obligation to purchase energy supplied to the utility under this standard.  This does not preclude the customer meeting applicable standards that would allow the customer to supply power onto the utility’s system and receive credit for such energy under the utility’s Net Metering Ordinance.

          (F)               If the customer qualifies under the Interconnection standard but does not qualify under the Net Metering Ordinance then any energy delivered to the utility system shall be surrendered to the utility with no value.  The City will install a meter that will not provide any credit for energy delivered to the utility system and the customer will pay for any costs associated with the meter change.

          (G)               Customers will comply with all other applicable utility standards for interconnection.

          (H)               Capacity of 10 kW or less and interconnected to the utility system shall comply with IEEE 1547 Section 5.5, Periodic Interconnection Test.  All interconnection related protective functions and associated batteries shall be periodically tested at intervals specified by the manufacturer system integrator, or the authority that has jurisdiction over the Distributed Resources interconnection, or all tests shall be performed at a minimum of every three (3) years.  Periodic test reports shall be maintained and submitted to the City’s Electric Department.

          (I)                Systems of greater than 10 kW or less than 1 MW and interconnected to the utility system shall comply with IEEE 1547, Section 5.5, Periodic Inspection Test.  All test reports shall be submitted to the City’s Engineering Department after completion of the yearly testing.

          (J)               Reports required under Section 11-6-2(G) and (H) must be submitted with thirty (30) days of the anniversary date of the energizing of the interconnect generating.  If the required reports are not received within the period, the generation must be disconnected until the reports are submitted.

          (K)               The customer shall carry a liability insurance policy issued by a licensed insurance carrier with an A.M. Best rating of B+ or better that provides protection against claims for damages resulting from (i) bodily injury, including wrongful death; and (ii) property damage arising out of the customer’s ownership and/or operation of the distributed generating facility under this policy.  The limits of such policy shall be at least One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) per occurrence for those customers with small generating facilities.  The customer shall provide a certificate of insurance containing a minimum thirty (30) day notice of cancellation to the City prior to connection of the customer’s facility to the electric system.  The customer shall provide proof of insurance once per year to the City.

(Ord. NO. 16-9; 06-27-16)