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Net Metering

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What is Net Metering?

One of the main goals of WRVEC is providing affordable rates. Members can take advantage of “net metering” to save money. Net metering allows members to export power, in excess of immediate on-site needs, to offset an equal amount of power supplied by WRVEC. This allows power to be distributed at a different time in the billing period.

  • Members are billed for the “net” amount of power used in excess of the power generated. If a member generates more power than what is used in a given billing period, WRVEC provides a credit for the surplus power. The credit is based on the cost a member would have incurred in purchasing the fuel to generate an equal number of kilowatt-hours.
  • To be eligible, electricity must be produced from wind, solar thermal sources, hydroelectric sources, photovoltaic cells and panels, fuel cells using hydrogen produced by one of these named electrical energy sources, or other sources of energy that became available after August 28, 2007, and certified as renewable by the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Please be aware — a renewable energy generation system cannot be turned on and left on until a member’s application has been approved and the net meter installed.

Members must apply for a net meter and need to complete both the pre- and post-construction portions of the application upon submission. Note, our approval process can take up to two weeks for initial approval. When a member’s application is approved, WRVEC will visit the member’s property to install the net meter.

Check out the graphic above to see how WRVEC members use net metering to stay connected to the grid while utilizing a renewable energy generation system (solar panels are used in this scenario).