N.H. Code Admin. R. Puc 2505.10 - Independent Monitors

(a) An independent monitor shall verify the electricity production of a customer-sited source, the production of useful thermal energy from an eligible source, or the production of biodiesel from a certified facility, and report such production and REC calculation to the GIS. A source producing useful thermal energy or a source producing biodiesel shall retain the services of an independent monitor directly.
(b) A distribution utility shall be eligible to serve as an independent monitor for customer-sited sources and sources producing useful thermal energy within its service territory, without submitting an application for qualification pursuant to (f) below, provided that the distribution utility employs one or more persons to perform monitoring tasks who meet the qualifications specified in paragraph (c) or (d) or are approved meter readers.
(c) Except as provided in (b) above, an independent monitor who verifies electrical production shall be one of the following:
(1) An electrician licensed by the state of New Hampshire and in good standing;
(2) A professional engineer licensed by the state of New Hampshire and in good standing;
(3) A certified building analyst professional as certified by the Building Performance Institute, Inc. of Malta, New York;
(4) A certified energy manager as certified by the Association of Energy Engineers;
(5) A home energy rater as certified by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET); or
(6) An independent monitor certified under a renewable portfolio standard program in another state.
(d) Except as provided in (b) above, an independent monitor who verifies useful thermal energy production shall be one of the following:
(1) A professional engineer licensed by the state of New Hampshire and in good standing;
(2) A certified building analyst professional as certified by the Building Performance Institute, Inc. of Malta, New York;
(3) A certified energy manager as certified by the Association of Energy Engineers;
(4) A home energy rater as certified by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET);
(5) An independent monitor certified under a renewable portfolio standard program in another state for monitoring useful thermal energy;
(6) For verifying useful thermal energy from solar thermal sources, a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certified Solar Heating Installer; or
(7) For verifying useful thermal energy from geothermal sources, an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Accredited Geothermal Installer.
(e) An independent monitor who verifies biodiesel production shall be one of the following:
(1) A certified public accountant licensed by the state of New Hampshire and in good standing;
(2) A professional engineer licensed by the state of New Hampshire and in good standing;
(3) A certified energy manager as certified by the Association of Energy Engineers; or
(4) An independent monitor certified under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Quality Assurance Program (QAP) for monitoring biodiesel production.
(f) To qualify as an independent monitor, an applicant shall provide the commission with the following information:
(1) The name of the applicant;
(2) The business address of the applicant;
(3) A copy of the license issued by the state of New Hampshire or such other qualifying certification as may be applicable; and
(4) A description of how the applicant will be compensated for its services.
(g) The commission shall certify as an independent monitor an applicant meeting the requirements of paragraph (c), (d), or (e) above, and shall maintain a list of certified independent monitors on its web site.
(h) No source or facility shall use an independent monitor who is a member of the immediate family of the owner of the source or facility, holds a direct or indirect ownership interest in the source or facility, is an employee of the source or facility, or is an aggregator of certificates.
(i) The duties of an independent monitor certifying electric or useful thermal energy production shall be:
(1) Except as provided in (j) below, to perform an initial inspection of the source's meters for accuracy and capability to measure the electricity or useful thermal energy produced, unless the meter is owned by a distribution utility that has already inspected it pursuant to Puc 305;
(2) To measure and verify quarterly the source's electricity or useful thermal energy production used to qualify for certificates pursuant to the GIS operating rules; and
(3) To report the production of electricity or useful thermal energy from the source and the REC calculation to the customer and to the GIS quarterly in accordance with the GIS operating rules.
(j) The independent monitor shall not be required to perform an initial inspection of the meters installed at a customer-sited source if such meters are installed in conjunction with the electric system in such a manner as to provide verifiable, location-specific electricity production data to the independent monitor through electronic transmission or interface.
(k) The duties of an independent monitor for certifying the production of biodiesel shall be:
(1) To verify the biodiesel production, sales, and certification information submitted to the independent monitor under Puc 2506.08;
(2) To calculate REC production using the methodology described in Puc 2506.09 and report the biodiesel producer's production of RECs to GIS on a quarterly basis; and
(3) To audit the biodiesel producer's or biodiesel distributor's records when directed by the commission to verify submitted biodiesel production or sales information.
(l) An independent monitor shall not receive compensation for monitoring services that is a function of the number of certificates issued to any source or facility using the independent monitor.
(m) An independent monitor shall provide the commission with notice prior to discontinuing services as an independent monitor.

Notes

N.H. Code Admin. R. Puc 2505.10

#9037, INTERIM, eff 11-27-07, EXPIRED: 5-25-08

New. #9169, eff 6-3-08

Amended byVolume XXXV Number 01, Filed January 8, 2015, Proposed by #10741, Effective 12/5/2014. Amended by Volume XXXVIII Number 06, Filed February 8, 2018, Proposed by #12473, Effective 2/1/2018, Expires 2/1/2028.

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