MPSC Issues Net Metering Report Showing a Steady Increase in Size of Program
Contact: Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency: Michigan Public Service Commission
August 5, 2014 - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today issued its annual net metering and solar pilot program report, showing an increase of 18 percent in the program's size over 2012.
Under a net metering program, when customers produce electric energy in excess of their needs, power is provided back to the serving utility, permitting the customer to receive a credit.
Since 2008, when Public Act 295 required the establishment of a statewide net metering program, net metering has increased by 1,474 customers.
The report noted that the number of net metering customers increased from 1,330 in 2012 to 1,527 in 2013.
Solar was the most popular, with an additional 221 customer installations totaling 1,674 kW in 2013. (The number of net metering installation exceeds the number of net metering customers because some customers have multiple installations.)
Category 1 projects, those up to 20 kW, account for 82 percent of the total net metering program capacity. The state's two largest utilities – Consumers Energy and DTE Electric, host 83 percent of the statewide total net metering program capacity.
The entire report is available on the MPSC website: Michigan.gov/netmetering.
The MPSC's renewable energy website includes information on net metering and how to become a net metering customer.
The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
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