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Juan Carlos Gómez Escarce
María L. González Hernández
Pedro J. Reyes Bibiloni
June 2, 2016
PUERTO RICO SENATE PROPOSES AMENDMENTS TO THE RENEWABLE ENERGY PUBLIC POLICY STATUTES
Senate Bill No. 1666 introduced on May 9, 2016, proposes changes to Puerto Rico’s renewable energy public policy. The Bill proposes amendments to three statutes: the Power Diversification by Means of Alternate and Sustainable Renewable Energy Public Policy Act, as amended (Law 82-2010); the Net Metering Act, as amended (Law-114-2007); and the Energy Transformation and Relief Act, as amended (Law 57-2014).
The Bill proposes revision to several definitions in Law 82-2010. The definition of renewable energy certificate adds distributed renewable energy as a source to consider when determining the megawatts/hour in the renewable energy certificate. Distributed renewable energy is defined as the sustainable renewable energy or the alternate renewable energy that provides electric power to an electric power utility through the net metering program and has up to 1 MW capacity per residential project and up to 5 MW per commercial or industrial project. The term source of sustainable renewable energy will also include hydroelectric energy and distributed renewable energy. The smart meter is a meter capable of measuring production and/ or consumption of electricity through a remote device that will register power consumption in 15 minutes cycles. Smart meters must have mechanisms to detect and prevent illegal alterations, be certified for outdoor exposure and performance, integrate interfaces of wireless communications, and allow precision testing. Certified inspectors of distributed generation systems will be licensed electric engineers or electricians, and must be certified by the State Energy Public Policy Office. The amendments to Law 82-2010, if approved, will allow for remote reading of smart meters and electronic signature of the net metering agreement.
Senate Bill 1666 proposes to amend Law 114-2007 to require the installation of the smart meter at the base of the meter at the time of the interconnection request, and to prohibit the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to promulgate any regulation, resolution, guideline, order or act to require otherwise.
The amendments to Law 57-2014 propose the creation of a registry of certified inspectors and the creation of community shared solar yards for low income communities.
Bill 1666 was referred to the Senate’s Energy Affairs and Water Resources Commission, public hearings were held and the Commission’s report will be issued soon.
Meanwhile, on May 11 the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority submitted to the Energy Commission a draft of the Regulation for the Interconnection of Generators with the Authority’s Electric Transmission or Sub transmission System and to participate in the Net Metering Program. FGR will discuss the proposed regulation in our next issue.
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