Some say we shouldn’t be using subsidies to pick energy winners and losers. Too late! Fossil fuels have been the federal government’s winner of choice for close to a hundred years, subsidizing a mature and hugely profitable industry.
In a new video produced by Brainvise for the Vote Solar Initiative, renewable energy policies that let you spin your electric meter backwards are explained in a simple, engaging manner through sharp animation.
Commonly known as the policy that enables a customer’s electric meter spin backwards, net metering is the billing arrangement by which customers realize savings from their clean energy systems. 1 kWh generated by the customer has the exact same value as 1 kWh consumed by the customer.
Net metering is a simple billing arrangement for customer-sited DG. Without exception, significant deployment of clean, customer-sited DG occurs only in states with modern interconnection and net metering policies.
The sixth edition of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc.’s (IREC) Connecting to the Grid Guide provides a comprehensive introduction to a span of topics that relate to grid-tied renewable energy sources. The sixth edition has been revised to include information on IREC’s recently updated model procedures, alternative billing arrangements for net metering, energy storage and several other emerging issues in the field. This guide is designed for state regulators and other policymakers, utilities, industry representatives and consumers interested in the development of state-level interconnection and net metering policies.
Distributed renewable energy systems generate clean electricity on site. The term distributed generation distinguishes these systems from the large, centralized power plants that provide the vast majority of the nation's power.