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Net Metering: A Flexible Future for the Planet

Now more than ever, consumers understand that alternative energy is critical to the survival of our planet. As a result, they want the freedom to choose the energy they consume – whether it’s from fossil fuel or alternative energy. Consumers also want to determine how they consume energy, as well as the ability to produce energy themselves while giving back to the planet.

In short, the demand for a “flexible future” for the planet – and humanity in general – is increasing. But what, exactly, does a “flexible future” mean?

Basically, it means having the freedom to choose.

In the old days, your energy came for one place near your city, at a specific rate, from the type of energy your provider picked. But today, there are other alternatives.

Wouldn’t you like to be able to choose whether you use fossil fuel or alternative energy, whether you just consume or actually produce energy yourself, and whether you use it all or give some back?

Now all of that is possible.

For instance, you can produce energy on your roof through a solar power system. You use only what you need and give back to the grid what you don’t need. This is called “net metering.”

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity through solar systems to actually “sell back” the energy they don’t use to the power grid.

Put simply, if you create your own energy through solar panels, you are only billed for the energy you actually use and you can receive “credits” for the electricity you add back to the grid.

There are other ways to generate electricity such as wind and even bio fuel. Some utilities are now working on how to integrate all of these new ways to produce energy while still keeping your power flowing steadily.

We’d like to encourage all power producers to join in the change, offer a choice, and help reduce CO2.

Managing the country’s electricity grid with renewables will require rethinking our current systems, but making the transition away from fossil fuels is critical to our environment and our economy.

Alternative energy is becoming a growing part of the U.S. electricity grid and its ultimate success is beneficial to everyone. In the end, consumers win, the utility companies win, and more importantly, the world wins.