Net metering boost takes effect

Businesses that generate their own energy have a chance to sell what they produce back to the utility under a new state law that takes effect today.

New Hampshire already has a net metering law, meaning that those using enough renewable energy can make their meters run backwards and get a credit on their electric bill. But the law limited the total peak generating capacity to 25 kilowatt-hours – a figure more aimed at residents than businesses.

Last session, the Legislature passed House Bill 447, which increases that peak capacity to 100 kilowatts to make the option more tempting businesses.

The law also allows the combined customer renewable generators to produce 1 percent of a utility’s total demand – 20 times the previous limit. It also standardizes the requirements of the interconnection agreements and gives utilities a little more flexibility when to credit the generators. – BOB SANDERS

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