Net Metering Infographic for Minnesota

Net Metering Infographic for Minnesota

Short Description: 
Poster describing the policies and history of net metering in Minnesota.
Interpretive Text: 

In 1983 Minnesota became the first state in the nation to enact an effective Net Metering law. Now over 43 states have some form of this policy. With Net Metering a utility customer who supplies electricity (from qualifying renewable systems) to the grid is credited for the electricity supplied, or paid for it.

The 1983 law puts a cap on the size of the customer's system in order to qualify for this benefit: it must be a system smaller than 40 kilowatts. Under the law, utilities are required to credit or pay the average retail energy rate for electricity the customer puts on the grid.  In 2013 new legislation passed so that systems from 40kW to 1 megawatt can be net metered if you are a customer of an investor-owned utility. For these systems, customers who elect to be paid would not get the average retail rate for their excess generation, but instead would be paid the utility's "avoided cost" rate. The avoided cost rate is, of course, much lower than retail.

The 2013 legislation added other policies, which apply just to investor-owned utilities. These utilities must offer meter aggregation for customers that request it, as long as the meter is located on contiguous property owned by the customer. 

Subject: 
policy
Date Created: 
2013 to 2014
Format: 
Hard backed printed poster.
Creator: 
Windustry