Eligibility and Availability
Under a pilot program, Murray City Power offers net metering to customers that generate electricity using solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, or hydroelectric systems with a maximum capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW).* The utility will install and maintain a revenue meter capable of registering the bi-directional flow of electricity at the customer's facility. This program is currently available to customers on a trial basis. The program may be adjusted or discontinued by the Murray Municipal Council for any reason, at any time without any obligation to existing participants.
Net Excess Generation
Any customer net excess generation (NEG) is carried over to the customer's next bill as a kilowatt-hour credit. Each April, any remaining NEG credits are granted to the utility with no compensation for the customer.
The utility has developed a standard form interconnection agreement. Customers must provide all equipment necessary to meet applicable safety, power quality, and interconnection requirements established by the National Electric Code (NEC), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and any applicable local and state agencies, including any equipment deemed necessary by the utility expressly to accommodate the customer's request to qualify for net metering. Customers must obtain written approval from Murray City Power before interconnecting or activating an on-site generating system.
Net-metered customers must indemnify the utility and maintain general liability insurance for personal injury and property damage of at least $100,000 per occurrence. Furthermore, net-metered customers must "reimburse the City for any and all losses, damages, claims, penalties, or liability incurred by the City as a result of Customer's failure to obtain or maintain any governmental authorizations and permits required for construction and operation of the Customer's Electric Generation System or failure to maintain the Customer's Electric Generation System as required by law."
* Utah enacted legislation in 2002 requiring all investor-owned electric utilities and cooperative utilities to offer net metering to their customers. However, the law does not apply to municipal utilities. Murray City Power offers net metering voluntarily.