Distributed Energy Resources & Net Metering

The City is served by the City of Litchfield, which is committed to providing customers with reliable and affordable power. The purpose of the Distributed Energy Resources and Net Metering Policy is to establish the qualification criteria and certain responsibilities for the delivery, interconnection, metering, and purchase of electricity from distributed generation facilities. This policy, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes §216B.164, shall be implemented to give the maximum possible encouragement to cogeneration and small power production consistent with protection of the utility's ratepayers and the public.  The purpose of the Cogeneration and Small Power Production Rules is for the City of Litchfield to implement certain provisions of Minnesota Statutes §216B.164, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulations related to customer-owned distributed energy resources. 

The adoption of these rules establishes that the Litchfield City Council is the interpreting body and arbiter of the provisions of Minnesota Statutes §216B.164 for the City of Litchfield.  The City shall annually file a cogeneration and small power production tariff with the Litchfield City Council under these rules.  The cogeneration and small power production tariff shall include a calculation of average retail utility energy rates, standard contracts to be used with qualifying facilities, interconnection process and technical requirements, and the City of Litchfield's estimated average incremental energy costs ad net annual avoided capacity costs.  All filings under these rules shall be maintained at the City of Litchfield offices and shall be made available for public inspection during normal business hours.

Adopted by the City Council on May 16, 2022: