Commercial Standby Charge
A States’ commissioned independent review by NERA into Jersey Electricity’s proposed Standby Charge for Commercial customers installing embedded generation (EmGs) while requiring grid backup services found that the charge is reasonable, justifiable and without it, prices will rise for all other customers who cannot install solar PV, thermal or wind generators. The charge was also assessed as being at the lower end of the price range of what it should be.
Having given initial notification for the application of these charges in November 2016 and having twice postponed implementing the charge to 1 May 2018 while awaiting the review, Jersey Electricity will now introduce the charge as proposed of £3.25/kWp/month (incl GST) for Commercial embedded generators specifically with solar PV from 1 May 2019.
It should be noted that no Standby Charges are applicable for generation facilities that do not benefit from standby services, such as renewables facilities that export all their production on to the grid, or for facilities designed and built to provide backup to the grid. Jersey Electricity has also deferred the grandfathering cut off time by a further 12 months and so existing systems in service as at 1 May 2019 will be grandfathered and exempt from the charge until change of ownership or facility upgrade.
Jersey Electricity has also agreed to review and establish an appropriate Standby Charge for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, building on the review's recommendation to assess and, if appropriate, incorporate the potential for grid value delivered by those technologies. Standby Charges will also be considered for other generation technologies as and when demand emerges for the connection of new generation technologies to the grid.
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