LES encourages and supports cost effective, small power production of electricity by customer-owned renewable generation facilities.
LES customers may wish to interconnect a customer-owned generator in parallel with the electric system. FERC-defined qualifying facilities, which include cogeneration facilities and renewable energy generators such as wind and solar, have specific requirements for interconnection with LES. To operate in parallel with LES, the qualifying facility must meet all applicable LES interconnection requirements including, but not limited to, submission of an application for parallel operation, as well as entering into an interconnection agreement. Nonqualifying facilities, which include emergency or backup generators, are generally only allowed to operate in parallel with LES for periodic testing purposes. On a case-by-case basis, LES may allow a customer to contract to operate in parallel for more than testing purposes under agreement with LES to generate only at times of LES’ request. All nonqualifying facilities operating in parallel for both periodic testing purposes or for more than testing purposes must meet all applicable LES interconnection requirements including, but not limited to, submission of an application for parallel operation, as well as entering into an interconnection agreement if required.
The process for interconnecting to the electric system within the LES service area follows:
LES’ avoided costs of generation are displayed on this website as required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Regulations Order 69, 18 CFR Part 292.302. Avoided costs of generation are the costs saved by reductions in retail energy use.
25 kWAC and less
Net metering is a billing arrangement where residential and business customers who produce their own energy from renewable sources can get a credit on their electric bills for extra energy that flows back into our distribution system. We measure the electricity you generate from solar panels, a wind turbine or other renewable generators by a special meter that measures both the electricity you use and the electricity you produce.
The energy you generate is used to offset an equal amount of power supplied by LES in the billing period. Energy produced in excess of your need (or net kilowatt-hours) is credited to your bill at a renewable rate based on our residential retail energy rate. We will net meter generators up to 25 kWAC.
Greater than 25 kWAC and up to 100 kWAC
LES’ renewable generation rate is a billing arrangement where customers sell energy to LES from renewable generators of up to 100 kWAC. The same types of generators that qualify for net metering also qualify for this renewable generation rate. All energy produced by these generators will be purchased at the renewable rate.
Rates and agreements will be developed on a case-by-case basis.