MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) has released a manual for net metering to streamline processes for using the program under the Renewable Energy Act.
The DOE has published the Net Metering Guide on its website to provide guidelines, standards, and procedures for all net metering agreements.
The agency worked with GIZ GmbH and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group as part of the Cities Finance Facility (CFF) project.
In a text message, Mylène Capongcol of the DOE-Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB) said the Net Metering Guide is a compilation of all the rules and guidelines that can be used by net metering practitioners as guidance on metering. net of the country.
“It will also provide local government units (LGUs) with the ability to understand net metering with the aim of coming up with a streamlined process,” she said.
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the net metering guide aims to promote the net metering program to achieve exponential growth in the use of renewable energy.
“It encapsulates the multiple benefits that net metering provides and DOE is targeting more electricity consumers who will participate in this endeavor as recently DOE has expanded the coverage of the net metering program to include off-grid areas,” said he declared.
Implemented in 2013, the net metering program enables an ordinary electricity consumer to become a “prosumer” by installing up to 100 kilowatts (kW) of renewable energy installations.
The most common RE installation under the program is rooftop solar PV, usually referred to as some kind of distributed generation or distributed energy resource (DER).
As a prosumer, the ordinary consumer of electricity produces electricity for its own consumption and resells any excess production to the distribution network.
During the implementation of the 2013 net metering rules, significant concerns regarding permits and costs were raised by stakeholders.
In August 2019, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) passed rule changes enabling the net metering program for renewables.
The amended net metering rules prescribe a maximum processing time of 20 days for distribution utilities (DUs) to complete the entire interconnection process from receipt of the letter of interest, provided that all necessary permits and licenses are obtained and completed.
The Distribution Impact Study (DIS) fee and other related ancillary costs have also been waived to encourage end-user participation.
With the new rules, the ERC has seen an increase in net metering adoption, which totals 5,716 qualified end users as of the end of last year.
Out of just 200 end users who took advantage of the net metering program in 2015, 536 in 2016, 663 in 2017 and 844 in 2018, the ERC had 1,168 qualified end users in 2019. The number of those who took advantage is fell to 590. in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic dampened net metering activity before climbing to 1,715 in 2021.
Of the total, 81% are located in Luzon, 15% in the Visayas and the rest in Mindanao.