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File a petition for a net metering exception

Find out how to petition the Department of Public Utilities for an exception from net metering rules.
Unfortunately, we can't tell you exactly how long a decision about your petition will take. Each petition is unique, and some take months or even a year before we issue a final decision.

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What you need

Here's what you need to know before you draft a petition for an exception to the rules governing net metering:

  1. Follow the DPU’s filing instructions.
  2. Clearly state the relief that you are asking for. D.P.U. 15-124 at 2
  3. Identify the rule or law from which you want an exception. D.P.U. 15-124 at 2
  4. Provide your arguments (legal, economic, etc.) and support them with as much evidence and supporting documentation as possible. Do NOT include confidential information that we do not need to review your petition (e.g., utility account number). D.P.U. 15-124 at 2
  5. Include a summary of the communication(s) you've had with the Administrator of the System of Assurance and the electric company about this issue. D.P.U. 15-124 at 8
  6. Include direct testimony or an affidavit from the petitioner or supporting witness(es).  View sample affidavit language and D.P.U. 15-159 at 8, footnote 9.
  7. If relevant, explain how your request meets the ‘good cause’ requirements for an exceptionD.P.U. 15-124 at 2.
  8. If you are petitioning for different boundaries or an exception from the Single Parcel Rule, provide a copy of your most recent deed from the Registry of Deeds.
  9. If you are petitioning to have net metering facilities on two (or more) parcels of land, provide a drawing that illustrates the relationship between your proposed net metering facilities and the parcel boundaries as reflected in the relevant Registry of Deeds documents.
  10. If petitioning as an entity, such as a developer, you must be represented by an attorney.
  11. If petitioning as an individual, such as a homeowner, you do not need an attorney.

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Net metering petition fee $100 per petition

How to file

To file your petition, you must:

  • submit a hard copy of your petition
  • submit an electronic copy of your petition
  • mail $100 check or money order, payable to the Department of Public Utilities.

Submit the hard copy of your petition to:


Mark D. Marini, Secretary,
Department of Public Utilities,
One South Station,
Boston, Massachusetts 02110

Submit the electronic copy to dpu.efiling@state.ma.us or on a CD with the hard copy. 

The email's text or the CD's label must include:

  • the name of the person or company submitting the filing
  • the document's brief title
  • the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in case we have questions

Next steps

  1. Receipt of Petition

    Once the DPU receives your petition, we will assign it a docket number and a hearing officer. If you have questions, contact the hearing officer directly. 

  2. Providing Additional Information

    As part of the petition process you will likely need to:

    1. Circulate an order of notice and notice of filing to a distribution list that the DPU will provide you.
    2. Respond to one or more set of questions from the DPU.

    You may need to appear at the DPU for a hearing. 

    If any information in your petition or responses changes, you must provide updated information. 

More info

A petition and all supporting documentation filed with the DPU is considered public information that will be posted on the DPU’s website. We recommend that you withhold or redact the following: 

  1. personal contact information (phone number, mail and e-mail addresses) 
  2. checking account number
  3. electric account number
  4. any information that you do not want to be publicly available  
  • If you have questions about redacting information or whether you should include certain information in a petition, contact the legal division at: 617-305-3690. 
  • If you leave out important information in your petition, the DPU will issue a Notice of Deficient Petition. We will not review your petition until you submit a supplemental filing with the information we need. 

 

  • You must file a petition with the DPU for an exception to the net metering rules and regulations if:
    • You want to have more than one net metering facility on a single parcel of land 
    • You want to construct a net metering facility across the boundaries of two or more parcels of land
    • You want to establish a net metering facility on a parcel of land that was subdivided after January 1, 2010.  
  • You should not file a petition with the DPU for an exception if:
    • You are seeking to have more than one meter or interconnection point for a net metering facility.  Your electric company may grant an exception for more than one meter and more than one interconnection point per net metering facility if the exception is for optimal interconnection reasons, or
    • You legally merged two or more parcels of land with the relevant registry of deeds.   

Contact

Address

Department of Public Utilities, 1 South Station, 5th floor, Boston, MA 02110

Phone

Fax

(617) 345-9101

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