CHAPTER XV. UTILITIESCHAPTER XV. UTILITIES\ARTICLE 3. ELECTRICITY

(a)   There shall be one (1) class of rates for all purchasers of electric current sold by the City of Greensburg, Kansas.

(b)   The following monthly rates for electric current sold by the City of Greensburg, Kansas, shall be charged and collected from all purchasers:

Minimum meter charge

$15.00

0 - 5,000 KWH used

$0.12 / KWH

Over 5,000 KWH used

$0.10 / KWH

(c)   Charges for the sale of electric current by the City of Greensburg, Kansas, shall be subject to fuel cost adjustment. The fuel cost adjustment shall be computed, added to and collected with each utility billing. All consumers will have their billing adjusted upward to include their proportionate share, based on KWH used during a month, of any increase in the City’s average purchased energy cost per KWH from any source delivered to the system during the preceding calendar month to the extent such increase is caused by fuel adjustments made by any such supplier.

(d)   Consumers shall pay the charges for electric, water, sewer, trash collection and other utility services provided by the city to the City Office in Greensburg, Kansas, on or before 5:00p.m. C.T. on the 10th day of each month following the month of service. If the 10th day of the month falls on a Saturday or Sunday, or on a holiday when the city business office is closed, then payment will be due by 5:00 p.m. C.T. of the next business day. Payments postmarked on or before the 10th day will be considered paid on time and no late charge will be imposed. Payments placed in the city drop box before 8:30 a.m. on the first business day following the 10th day of the month shall be considered paid on time and no late charge will be imposed. Payments received after the 10th day of the month shall be assessed a late payment charge. If charges for city utility services are not paid by the 10th day of the month as provided in this section, the city is authorized to terminate electric and other utility service to the consumer.

(Ord. 920; Code 2007; Ord. 964)

(a)   AVAILABILITY: Electric service is available under this tariff at points on the city’s existing distribution facilities located within its franchise service area.

(b)   APPLICABILITY: Applicable only to contracting residential and commercial/industrial customers with renewable energy generation as provided for by K.S.A. 66-1,184. Contracts for service shall be where part or all of the electrical requirements of the customer are provided by the customer on the premises by Renewable Energy Generator (REG), and where the customer’s source of electricity is connected for parallel operation of the customer’s system with the system of the city. In no event shall this schedule be applicable to customers with REGs greater than 25 kilowatts for residential customers or 200 kilowatts for commercial/industrial customers or schools with a capacity of 1.5 megawatts or greater unless written consent is given by the city.

The city shall not be obligated to supply any electrical transformation and service facilities (except as modified under other terms and conditions with regard to metering equipment) in excess of those facilities required for an ordinary customer using annual kilowatt-hours in an amount equal to the annual kilowatt-hours supplied by the city to the customer. The customer’s REG shall be appropriately sized for the customer’s anticipated electric load.

The city reserves the right to limit the number and size of REGs to be connected to the city distribution system due to the capacity of the distribution line to which the REG would be connected and in no case shall the city be obligated to purchase an amount of electricity from REG’s greater than 4% of the city’s peak power requirements but the city may elect to do so.

(c)   CHARACTER OF SERVICE: Alternating current, 60 cycles, at the voltage and phase of the city’s established secondary distribution system immediately adjacent to the service location.

(d)   BILLING AND PAYMENT: For electrical energy generated by REGs and delivered by the customer to the city, the city shall pay for energy received every 30 days according to the following subsections.

(e)   NET BILLING: Electric customer’s may install electric REGs, such as wind turbines and solar photovoltaic panels, and interconnect them to the city’s electric system. This net billing procedure shall only apply to REGs that have been permitted and installed in accordance with the requirements of the city. If the REGs are connected on the customer’s side of the city’s electric meter, the city will install and provide, at no additional cost to the REG facility, a dual register meter capable of measuring kWh inflow (received by the REG facility) and kWh outflow (received by the city) and recording both quantities separately. The city will add $1.00 (one dollar) to the monthly minimum service charge to help cover the extra cost of the dual meter and higher administrative billing costs.

Customer’s using REGs shall select one of two bi1ling procedure options.

OPTION 1: BUY AND SELL ARRANGEMENT

The first option is to utilize a buy and sell arrangement. Under a buy and sell arrangement, all kWh recorded by the inflow meter will be billed to the customer under the city’s standard electric rates applicable for that customer class. For REGs with a nameplate size of 200 kW or smaller, all kWh recorded by the outflow meter will be sold monthly to the city at 150% of the city’s monthly system average cost of energy per kWh. For REGs with a nameplate size larger than 200 kW, all kWh recorded by the outflow meter will be sold monthly to the city at 100% of the city’s monthly system average cost of energy per kWh.

OPTION 2: NET BILLING ARRANGEMENT

The second option is to utilize a net billing arrangement. Under a net billing arrangement, the amount of kWh billed to the customer for the month will be the total energy inflow less the total energy outflow and will be based on the city’s standard electric rates applicable to the customer class. Any outflow kWh balances shall be carried forward to the next billing month and be subtracted from the next month’s inflow kWh readings. The energy outflows from one meter shall not cover inflows on another meter nor shall it be converted to cash. Any energy outflow balance after the customer terminates service shall become property of the city. The customer’s monthly bill shall include applicable monthly service charges and any excess facilities charges.

If a customer’s REG has total nameplate generating capacity larger than 100kW, then the amount of kWh outflow that is subtracted from the kWh inflow for net billing purposes will be reduced proportionately and the balance sold monthly to the city at its avoided cost rate.

For example, if a customer has a 250 kW wind turbine which creates an outflow of 30,000 kWh for the month, then the amount of kWh outflow that is credited toward the customer’s inflow for net billing purposes is 12,000 kWh for that month. (100 kW cap / Actual Nameplate kW) x Outflow, or (100 / 250) x 30,000 = 12,000 kWh). The remaining 18,000 kWh not credited for net billing purposes is sold back to the city that month at its monthly system average cost of energy per kWh.

(f)   OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

(1)   Inspection and Testing: Prior to parallel operation of the REG Facility, the city may inspect it for compliance with industry standards, the city’s tariffs, and the Rules and Regulations of the Kansas Corporation Commission. The city’s inspection may include a witness test and the city may schedule appropriate metering replacement, if necessary. If the witness test is not satisfactory in the sole judgment of the city, the city has the right to disconnect the facility. The REG customer shall no right to operate in parallel until a witness test has been performed, or previously waived in writing by the city. The city must complete the witness test within ten (10) business days of receipt of a “Certificate of Completion” by the REG.

(2)   Suspension of Interconnection: It is intended that the interconnection should not compromise the city’s protection or operational requirements. The operation of the REG by the customer and the quality of electric energy supplied by the REG shall meet the standards as specified by the city. If the operation of the REG or quality of electric energy supplied (in the case of power export) does not meet the standards as specified, then the city will notify the REG customer to take reasonable and expedient corrective action. The city shall have the right to disconnect the REG, until compliance is reasonably demonstrated. Notwithstanding, the city may in its sole discretion disconnect the REG from the city’s distribution facility without notice if the operating of the REG imposes a threat, in the city’s sole judgment, to life or property.

(3)   Maintenance Outages: Maintenance outages will occasionally be required on the city’s system. Compensation will not be made for unavailability of city’s facilities due to outages.

(4)   Access: The city shall have access to the disconnect switch and metering equipment of the REG customer’s facility at all times. The city shall provide reasonable notice to the REG customer when possible prior to using its right of access.

(5)   Limit on Distribution: The REG customer may not sell or distribute electricity generated by its REG system to any other person or entity.

(6)   Liability and Indemnification: The REG customer shall assume all liability for and shall indemnify the city for any claims, damages, losses, costs, and expenses of any kind or character including attorney’s fees to the extent that they result from interconnection of the REG facility to the city’s system.

(7)   Termination: The interconnection may be terminated by the REG customer with thirty (30) days written notice to the city. In the event REG customer terminates this agreement, the city shall have a reasonable amount of time to remove the facilities it may have. This agreement may be terminated by the city for cause for non­performance by the REG customer under the terms of this agreement, the city’s tariff, or for violation of any commission rule. The REG customer shall have thirty (30) days from the date that the city sends written notice to the REG customer to remedy the item of non-performance. Upon expiration of the thirty (30) day remedy period and if the item of non-performance has not been corrected, the city may terminate this agreement. Unless terminated early by the REG customer or the city as described in this Artic1e, this Agreement shall terminate when the REG is permanently removed from service or becomes inoperative for a period in excess of one year.

(8)   Information Required: The customer must complete and furnish to the city REG facility information as required by the city electric department prior to interconnection.

(Ord. 949; Code 2014)

At the request of city electric customers the city will install a security light or lights on property owned or occupied by the customer at a location or locations to be mutually agreed upon. The cost of installation and maintenance will be on city: customer will pay city a $10.00 per month fee for each security light billing and payment for security lights will be done in accordance with the provisions of Chapter XV, Article 3. The city may increase security light rates by action taken by the city council by resolution with one month’s notice to the customer. The customer may terminate security light service at any time with one month’s notice after one (1) year of service.

(Ord. 981; Code 2014)