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Customer Generation
If you are thinking about or moving forward with the installation of an electrical generating system to meet a portion of your electricity needs, or selling your generated electricity to Avista, we have put together the information you will need to make it happen. Avista will help you through the entire process to ensure your installation is safe and that Avista's electricity grid stands ready to serve when your generation source is not producing power.

It is important that you contact Avista very early in your planning process. In some cases, Avista might also be able to offer a Renewable Generation Incentive (RGI) that will help offset and recover the costs of your energy system if it is located in Washington State. More information on this incentive can be found under the Net Metering section below.

There are two ways for you to generate electricity and retain a relationship with Avista:

  1. Net Metering: If you are interested in generating electricity to meet a portion of your electricity load, state laws and/or our approved tariffs permit systems up to 100 kW.
  2. PURPA: If you are interested in generating more than 100 kW, and your generation qualifies, you may generate up to 80 megawatts and sell your power to Avista or another electric utility under Public Utility and Regulatory Policy Act of 1978.

Detailed below are the categories of systems with various documents required to help get you started. You can find out more information about the following:

If you have any questions, please contact the key contacts for either type of system.

Net Metering

Net Metering can be an exciting way to supplement your electricity service from Avista. In some cases there are significant incentives available to offset your costs in addition to the bill reduction you see by generating your own electricity. To determine if you qualify for net metering generation incentives, please click here.

While connecting a generation resource to your home or business might seem like a simple exercise, it actually is more complex than most people realize. Various state and federal regulations apply to all net metering connections. Besides the application fee, each net metering customer needs to complete an Interconnection Application and Net Metering Agreement. Upon receipt of your application fee, completed application, and singed agreement, Avista will provide you with the information and/or documents you need to finish the interconnection process. To get started, simply download the documents below for your state.

Net Metering Application Fee and Required Documents
System Size (kW)
Washington Fee
Idaho Fee
0-25
$100
$100
26-100
$500

Net Metering Required Documents
Application Documents WA Net MeteringĀ Application (PDF) ID Net Metering Application (PDF)
Net Metering Agreement WA Net Metering Agreement (PDF) ID Net Metering Agreement (PDF)

If you need assistance beyond what is provided her or in the documents above, Avista is ready to help. Please contact Avista's Net Metering Expert.

PURPA

PURPA-qualified generators with capacities up to 80 MW, or cogeneration facilities of any size, have the right to sell power to their local electricity provider, or to transmit their generation across their local electricity provider's distribution and transmission system to a neighboring electricity utility. While connecting a generation resource to Avista might seem like a simple exercise, it actually is more complex than most people realize. Various state and federal regulations apply to all PURPA connections. To get you started, see below for the application fees and application documents, based on the size of your generator.

Interconnection Application Fees
System Size (kW)
Washington
Idaho
0-25
$100
$1,000
26-500
$500
500-19,999
$1,000
20,000-80,000
$10,000
>80,000
Not Eligible for PURPA

Application Documents
System Size (kW)
Washington
Idaho
0-500
0-500 Interconnection Application (PDF) <20 MW Interconnection Application (PDF)
500-19,999
500-20MW Interconnection Application (PDF)
20,000-80,000
20-80MW Interconnection Application (PDF)

Please contact Avista's PURPA Expert for more information on connecting or selling your PURPA resource to Avista.

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