Code of the District of Columbia

§ 34–1518.01. Community renewable energy facilities.

(a) A community renewable energy facility may produce no greater than 5 megawatts of electricity and must have at least 2 subscribers.

(b) A subscriber to an eligible community renewable energy facility may offset no more than 120% of the subscriber’s electricity consumption over the previous 12 months.

(c) Each subscription shall represent a percentage of the community renewable energy facility’s generating capacity; provided, that the subscription is intended primarily to offset part or all of the subscriber’s own electrical requirements.

(d) All individual billing meters for subscriptions to community renewable energy facilities shall be within the District of Columbia.

(e) A community renewable energy facility may be built, owned, or operated by a third party under contract with a subscriber organization.

(f) A community renewable energy facility may add capacity and subscribers to its facility if the added capacity and subscribers do not reduce the electrical production benefit to existing subscribers.

(g) A community renewable energy facility may update its subscribers no more frequently than once per quarter. Each quarter the owner of a CREF or its designated agent shall provide the following information about its subscribers to the electric company as required to facilitate net metering for subscribers:

(1) Name, address, and account number of each subscriber; and

(2) The percentage interest of each subscriber in the capacity of the CREF;

(h) The electric company may require that a CREF and its subscribers have their meters read on the same billing cycle.

(i) If the electrical capacity of a community renewable energy facility is not fully subscribed, the SOS administrator shall purchase the energy associated with the unsubscribed capacity at the PJM Locational Marginal Price for the PEPCO zone, adjusted for ancillary service charges.

(j) Subscribers shall be eligible to receive electricity credits so long as the CREF continues to generate and provide power to the distribution grid, regardless of the bankruptcy or contractual default of any subscriber or of the subscriber organization.

(k) A community renewable energy facility shall not add subscribers without adhering to the consumer protection provisions contained in § 34-1507.

(l) A community renewable energy facility may not sell subscriptions totaling more than 100% of its energy generation.


(May 9, 2000, D.C. Law 13-107, § 118a; as added Dec. 13, 2013, D.C. Law 20-47, § 2(d), 60 DCR 15138.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 34-1518.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-47 added this section.