Net metering– which makes the “meter run backward”– is one of the best aspects of the renewable energy revolution. We take a moment to look at Ohio’s policy.
Net metering allows renewable energy producers to pay for only the electricity they use– and even get credits from their utilities if they produce more than they use. Those credits can be applied to their utility bill. This doesn’t just benefit the producer, but it also benefits the entire grid, by allowing much-needed electricity to be diverted to where it’s most needed.
Forty-three states and Washington, DC have crafted net metering policies, but policy varies wildly. For instance, some states limit the size of installations. Others limit the renewable energy technology that can be net metered.
But what about Community Renewable Energy’s home base of Ohio?
Freeing the Grid, which advocates for the expansion of net metering policy and ranks state policy based on the belief that good net metering policy increases energy independence and reduces greenhouse emissions, gives Ohio a grade of A.
They describe the criteria a state must meet to earn an A:
- [Excess energy produced is valued at] full retail credit with no subtractions
- Customers protected from fees and additional charges
- Rules actively encourage renewable adoption
Clean energy technology eligible for net metering in Ohio includes solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, landfill gas, Wind, biomass, hydroelectric, fuel cells, small hydroelectric, and micro-turbines. Net metering is available for residential, industrial, and commercial producers.
We’re proud that our state enjoys responsible net metering policy that encourages investment in clean, affordable power, and we hope that our friends and partners in other states will soon enjoy the same rewards for supporting energy independence. Investing in clean energy is possible in every state, but understanding the nuances of policy ensures your project’s success. That’s what groups like Community Renewable Energy specialize in. Contact us if you have questions about getting started on a renewable energy project in your state.
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