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Virtual Net Metering

| Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 17, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Net metering is a common distributed renewable energy policy in the United States, allowing individuals to “turn back” their meter (and reduce their electric bill) by generating on-site electricity.  But utility accounting systems typically prevent people from sharing the output from a single, common solar or wind project.

Virtual (or group or neighborhood) net metering (now also called “shared renewables”) allows utility customers to share the electricity output from a single power project, typically in proportion to their ownership of the shared system.  The following map illustrates which states (as of February 2014) support virtual net metering.  See previous maps here: October 2013, August 2012.

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John Farrell directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. More

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