Michigan’s New Net Metering Programs
Use the natural resources we have all around us. Learn about the new “Net Metering” programs offered in Michigan. When we say “Net Metering” we mean ‘Net’ in the context that you can actually PUT excess power back onto the electrical grid using some naturally occurring resource such as wind turbines, solar photovoltaic systems, fuel cells, biomass, hydro, on-farm anaerobic digestion systems, etc. This in turn reduces your Energy Bill.
Net Metering measures the difference between the electricity you buy from your utility and the electricity you generate to the utility using your own solar or wind or other acceptable renewable generating equipment. Your meter keeps track of this difference as you generate electricity and take electricity from the electricity transmission grid. When you generate more than you use, electricity flows to the utility.
Normally your electric meter spins forward as it measures how many kilowatt-hours of electricity you buy, and is read by your utility once a month. A Net Meter allows you to use the electricity you generate first, reducing what you would normally buy from your utility. If you generate more electricity than you use, the excess goes through you electric meter and into the grid. Your meter shows the Net amount, measured as the difference between the electricity you generate to the utility and the electricity you purchase from your utility.
Net Metering is a simple way to get the full value of the electricity you generate. For example, if you are a residential customer, you may not be home during the day when your system generates electricity. Net Metering allows you to store this excess electricity on the grid, reducing or offsetting the electricity you would otherwise have to purchase.