Community Renewables Energy Act

Creating equitable opportunities in D.C.’s renewable energy economy

This bill allows renters, homeowners with shaded roofs, tenants of apartment buildings, and others, to receive the benefits of solar energy by removing some of the remaining regulatory barriers to solar.

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It does so by giving utility rate payers access to virtual net-metering. Virtual net-metering permits anyone to subscribe to a solar installation. Once they have done so, the electricity produced by their portion of the solar installation will be credited to their monthly electric bill.
The Act includes 4 fundamental stipulations, all of which were derived from best practices established in community renewables energy programs around the country:

  1. Enables community renewable energy arrangements in which at least two subscribers (i.e., utility customers) may share the benefits of a community energy generating facility.
  2. Credits the benefits from a community energy generating facility directly to a customer’s monthly utility bill to offset electricity demand.
  3. Allows for-profit, non-profit or third-party entities to build, own, and operate community energy generating facilities.
  4. Creates opportunities for participation by low-income utility customers.
The Act builds upon D.C.’s effective renewable energy policies and programs and would create explicit opportunities for those unable to install on-site renewable energy systems. Considering that all ratepayers and taxpayers help to support renewable energy programs, it is imperative that opportunities exist for everyone to benefit from the renewable energy economy. It is a matter of equity.

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