Net Metering Programs
in the United States
VT: 15/150 kW
NH: 25 kW
MA: 60 kW
CT: 100 kW
RI: 25 kW
NJ: 2 MW
DW: 25 kW
MD: 30 kW
D.C.: 100 kW
State wide net metering rules for all utilities
State wide net metering rules only for certain utility types (e.g., investor owned utilities only)
In these cases, other utilities (e.g., municipal utilities, cooperatives) may have different rules.
Net metering offered by one or more individual utilities.
MW and kW indicate limits on system size; in some cases, limits vary by customer type
Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE), http://www.dsireusa.org, February 2005.
periods and under consume during slack periods, compared to how they might behave if they received
accurate price signals.
Numerous regulatory barriers have been shown to stand in the way of distributed generation tech
nologies, including photovoltaics, reciprocating engines, gas turbines, and fuel cells.
include state to state variations in environmental permitting requirements that result in significant burdens
to project developers. Similar variations in net metering policies cause confusion in the marketplace and
represent barriers to distributed generation (Figure 7). Net metering allows customers with small generating
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