The Caney Valley Electric Cooperative Assn., Inc.

Co-Generation with Renewable Energy Sources

There are several considerations involved when installing co-generation facilities.  Following are some informational documents you can review:

Procedures for interconnecting a small generating facility no larger than 25kW

Application for interconnecting a small generating facility

Terms and considerations for interconnecting

Certificate of Completion

Caney Valley Electric has two rate riders available for members installing co-generation facilities:

1) The Net Metering Rider refers to the use of one meter to track the net electricity consumed from the cooperative's source and the member's source.

Net Metering Rider - pages 1 and 2

Net Metering Rider - pages 3 and 4

2) The Parallel Generation Rider applies if the member chooses to have separate metering.  One meter registers electricity consumed from the cooperative, as normally done. The other meter registers electricity delivered by the member's generation to the cooperative.  This electricity will be compensated to the member at the rate of 150% of the cooperative's system average cost of energy per kWh received (currently approximately 6 to 7 cents per kWh).

Parallel Generation Rider - pages 1 and 2

Parallel Generation Rider - pages 3 and 4

If you are interested in installing co-generation facilities, please contact our office to meet with us and discuss the project you have in mind.

Want to Save Money on Your Electric Bill?  Save Energy!

    There are a lot of simple, energy-saving steps you can take to save money on your electric bill, such as changing the thermostat setting, insulating your attic, flipping switches, etc.  The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have developed free online calculators to show how much money you can expect to save.  Check out their website to see for yourself!


    Also, be sure and check out the following website for energy-saving ideas and electrical safety tips:

Interested in Wind Power?  First, Estimate the Cost

    Many cooperative members in Kansas are interested in installing small renewable energy systems - particularly wind turbines - at their homes, businesses, or farms.  Many are looking for reliable answers to two questions:  How much money can I save on future electric bills?  Will the savings justify my initial investment?


    In response, Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., (KEC) in Topeka has posted a worksheet utilizing Microsoft Excel on their web site to help with these critical calculations.  Dubbed the Small Wind Cash Flow Model, this free tool enables members to input variables such as construction cost, grants, debt financing, operation and maintenance expenses, generation, consumption, retail electric rates, avoided cost, and project life.


    Once the numbers are entered, a prospective wind turbine owner can determine annual cash flows and the net present value from the investment under either a net billing or net metering arrangement.  "With this program, anyone can quickly determine the feasibility of putting in a small wind turbine," said Doug Shepherd, KEC's vice president of member services.


    The Small Wind Cash Flow Model can be accessed through KEC's web site at  (You must have the free Excel reader program installed on your computer in order to use this cash flow model.)

                                                         (Reprinted with permission from Kansas Country Living)


    If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at 1-800-310-8911.