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N. Mariana Islands - Building Energy Code

Summary

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP web sites.

Building codes for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) are adopted by the legislature and enforced by the Building Safety Code Division in the Department of Public Works. The 1991 Uniform Building Code, including Chapter 53 (for commercial and all multifamily buildings), and the 1989 Council of

N. Mariana Islands - Renewables Portfolio Standard

Summary

Requirements 

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands enacted its Renewables Portfolio Standard in September 2007, in which a certain percentage of its net electricity sales must come from renewable energy. The law was amended in 2014 to a lower target, as previous targets were not met. Under the law, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (the Islands' only and semi-autonomous public utility provider) must establish a renewable portfolio standard of:

  • 20% of net electricity sales on or before December 31, 2016

Compliance 
There are stipulations within the law that allow for

Net Metering

Summary

Note: The Commonwealth Utility Corporation issued a moratorium on net metering. However, Public Law 18-62 signed September 6, 2014 states that net metering should be available to all residential customers despite the moratorium.

Eligibility and Availability

The Commonwealth Utility Corporation (CUC), the only public utility in the N. Marianas, is required to offer net metering to its commercial and residential retail electricity customers for renewable energy systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW). Net metering was recently prioritized for the public health and education sectors through Public Law