Goodhue County Coop News
Distributed Generation (DG)
Grid Access Fee
In our January newsletter we notified members about the Cooperative’s plan to implement a fixed charge on future net-metering accounts. State law passed last year allows for a cost recovery or grid access charge on distributed generation (wind, solar, etc.) accounts to recover some of the cost shift that occurs between distributed generators and the rest of the membership. Because distributed generators offset some or all of their energy usage, they no longer pay their equal share to maintain the electric distribution grid that had been recovered in the energy rate. The fee is not intended to discourage development of distributed generation but simply to recover cost in a fair and reasonable manor.
The new Grid Access Fee will apply to any new distributed generation systems interconnected after April 1, 2016. The fee will be $3.35 per kW, not to exceed $45.00 per month. The fee will be applied only to distributed generation in excess of 3.5kW. For example a 5 kW system would be charged for only 1.5kW. The Cooperative will review the fee annually and provide notice of any changes.
Register for Outage Texting!
Visit the Outage Center page (tab at the top) and click on the SIGN UP link to register your account and phone for outage texting! You will be able to enter the word Outage along with a keyword and send it via text to 55050 to report an outage. That's it. No phone call to make, just a simple message and dispatch will be alerted. Make sure you read the instructions (along the left hand side) while you are signing up. You need to register your account number, phone number, and a keyword (such as 'home' or 'farm') in order for the feature to work properly.
Links to Solar Array data at GCCEA & Great River Energy
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