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Thursday, 10 August 2006 04:36

Net Metering is a policy allowing utility customers with small, renewable generating facilities to sell their excess electricity back to the utility.  When a customer’s generating equipment is producing more electricity than is being used, the customer’s meter will literally spin backwards, sending power back into the grid. 

At the end of the billing period, the customer will be billed for the net amount of power consumed.  For example, if a customer draws 250 kWh in one month, but generates 100 kWh in excess electricity, they will be charged for only 150 kWh. If a customer generates more electricity than they consume, they will be charged the minimal connection fee ($18.08 for residential customers) and the excess power will be credited towards their next bill.

Though individual policies vary depending on the utility, all conform to the Net Metering law passed by the Washington State Legislature in 1998.  This law requires that:

  • Generating facilities must be small - 25 kilowatts or less.
  • Facilities must run on solar, wind and/or hydropower, or a fuel cell.
  • The system operates in parallel with the electric utility’s transmission and distribution facilities.

For the complete text of the Washington State Net Metering Law, please click here.

The Grays Harbor PUD passed a formal Net Metering policy early in 2002.  It differs slightly from what is required by Washington State law in that the PUD reimburses customers for Net Excess Generation at the end of each year, at the rate of 50% of the retail rate.  State law allows utilities to require that customers grant this excess generation to the utility without reimbursement. Grays Harbor PUD has voluntarily gone beyond the state requirement in order to further encourage customers to install renewable generation.

If you have questions about net metering in general, or specific questions about the PUD’s Net Metering Policy, please call the Energy/Conservation Services Department at 538-6383.

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