Oklahoma Authorizes Net Metering Fee

Source: IREC

S.B. 1456 was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin on April 21, 2014. This bill authorizes retail electric providers to levy a fixed charge on distributed generation producers. The bill also charges the Corporation Commission with developing rules implementing these fixed charges and the developing the calculations necessary to establish the full and actual fixed charges the retail electric providers would be authorized to impose. S.B. 1456 becomes effective November 1, 2015.

Following the signing, Governor Fallin issued Executive Order 14-07 in relation to S.B. 1456. The order supplies something of an executive interpretation of the bill, stating that the intention of S.B. 1456 is to constrain the Corporation Commission’s consideration and approval of tariff applications; that it does not necessarily mandate tariffs or other rate increases upon distributed generation customers; that it requires a transparent evaluation of DG consistent with the state’s energy policy goals; that it allows the Commission to consider other rate reforms (e.g., minimum bills, demand charges, and TOU rates) prior to implementing additional fixed charges; and that a “proper and required examination” of these reforms will ensure that the state’s energy policy goals are met and while protecting DG customers.

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