About Net Metering
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Net metering is a metering and billing agreement between utilities and their customers, which facilitates the connection of renewable energy-generating systems to the power grid. These programs encourage small-scale renewable energy systems, ensure that customers always have a reliable source of energy from the grid during times when their renewable generators are not producing energy, and provide substantial benefits to the electric power-generating system, the economy, and the environment.

When a net metering customer’s renewable energy source is producing more power than is being consumed, the electric meter runs backward generating credits. When a net metering customer uses more power than is being produced, the meter runs forward normally. Net metering customers are charged only for the “net” power that they consume from the electricity service provider that has accumulated over a designated period or, if their renewable energy-generating systems make more electricity than is consumed, they may be credited or paid for the excess electricity contributed to the grid over that same period.