69-8-611. Classification of service -- net metering customers. (1) After a study is completed in accordance with 69-8-610 and subject to subsections (2) and (4) of this section, if the commission finds that customer-generators should be served under a separate classification of service as part of a public utility's general rate case, it shall establish appropriate classifications and rates based on the commission's findings relative to:
(a) the utility system benefits of the net metering resource; and
(b) the cost to provide service to customer-generators.
(2) The commission may, based on differences between net metering systems, establish subclassifications and rates as part of a public utility's general rate case.
(3) The commission may approve separate rates for customer-generators' production and consumption and require separate metering subject to 69-8-602 if it finds it is in the public interest and as part of a public utility's general rate case.
(4) If a public utility files a general rate case in accordance with Title 69, chapter 3, the general rate case must include the study required in accordance with 69-8-610 and be used by the commission to meet the requirements of the review of classifications of service required in this section.