Net metering in Ohio
What is net metering?
Net metering is the policy that allows people with solar to get a credit on their electric bill for the energy they produce from their system.
Net metering in Ohio
|System capacity limit||No specific capacity limit established, but systems must be sized to either partially or fully meet energy consumption|
|Monthly excess generation credit rate||Generation rate, not full retail rate of generation, transmission, and distribution|
|Annual excess generation credit rate||N/A|
|State-wide net metering cap||None specified|
|Applicable utilities||Investor-owned utilities|
|Policies expanding net metering||None|
|Additional barriers||Utilities have inconsistent net metering rules. Municipal utilities and electric cooperatives are not required to have net metering. Net metering is currently under review by the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO).|
Net metering rules are currently being evaluated by the Public Service Commission of Ohio (PUCO) under docket Case 12-2050-EL-ORD. Currently, net metering is established only for investor-owned utilities. Municipalities and electric cooperatives are not required to have net metering laws. Under established net metering rules, systems must be sized to either partially or fully meet energy consumption. While there is no capacity limit specified, some utilities will not interconnect systems that produce excess energy over a 12-month period.
Investor-owned utility customers who are utilizing net-metering receive full retail rate for energy generated by home solar. For example, if you are paying $.12/kWh for the energy you purchase from the grid, you will be credited $.12/kWh for access energy you export to the grid.
Since Ohio is a deregulated energy market, customers may select a competitive retail electric service (CRES) provider. CRES providers each have net metering agreements and may compensate excess generation differently than utilities. Some are more generous than the utility.
Get help from fellow solar owners
If you’re having trouble with net metering or getting your system interconnected, post to the Ohio listserv to get help.
File a complaint
Our utilities exist to serve their customers. If you’re having a problem that isn’t being resolved quickly by your utility, file a complaint at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Tell the PUCO: Fixed charges should not block solar!
Several utilities in Ohio have asked the PUCO to increase fixed charges imposed on their customers. Tell the PUCO that these charges are unfounded and limit solar owners’ ability to increase savings by cutting bills. Fight back. Sign the letter.