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How it Works
Net metering is achieved by allowing a customer's meter to spin in the reverse and forward directions.  When the customer's generator is producing less energy than the customer is using, the electric meter will measure the energy passing from the utility to the customer and spin in the forward direction. When the customer's generator is producing more energy than the customer is using, the electric meter will measure the excess energy passing from the customer to the utility and spin in the backward direction. The surplus energy is subtracted, or "netted," from the energy supplied by the utility to the customer, thus "net metered." Information on New York State's program, including rebates and incentives, can be found at www.powernaturally.org.

Eligibility
The following chart summarizes New York State law regarding eligibility for net metering:

Incentive Type: New York (PSL §66-j) - Net Metering
Eligible Renewable/
Other Technologies:
Solar/
Micro-hydroelectric
Biogas Micro CHP Fuel Cell
Applicable Sectors: Residential Non-Residential Farm-Waste Residential Residential Non-Residential
Limit on System Size: 25kW Up to 2MW Up to
1 MW
10 kW 10kW Up to 1.5 MW
Remote Net Metering: No*** Yes Yes No No
Limit on Overall Enrollment:** 1% of 2005 Electric Demand per IOU for Solar, Biogas, Micro CHP, Micro-hydroelectric and Fuel Cells combined

Incentive Type: New York (PSL §66-l) - Net Metering
Eligible Renewable/
Other Technologies:
Wind
Applicable Sectors: Residential Non-Residential Farm-Service Wind
Limit on System Size: 25kW Up to 2MW 500 kW
Remote Net Metering: No*** Yes Yes
Limit on Overall Enrollment: .3% of 2005 Demand per IOU
* Refer to specific utility tariff leaves for more detailed rules and regulations applicable to net metering.
** In Case 12-E-0343, the limit on overall enrollment was raised from 1% to 3% for Central Hudson Gas & Electric.
*** Residential customers who own or operate a farm operation as defined by Agriculture and Markets Law §301(11) and locate solar photovoltaic or micro-hydroelectric on property owned or leased by the customer are also eligible for remote net metering.

Remote Net Metering and Eligibility
As of December 1, 2011, some customers are eligible for remote net metering.  This allows customers to offset usage at satellite accounts using a net metering eligible technology at a host site.

Remote net metering is generally available to any customer that owns or operates non-residential photovoltaic or farm waste electric generating equipment, as defined in Public Service Law Section 66-j, or farm or non-residential wind electric generating equipment, as defined in Public Service Law Section 66-l, that is net metered pursuant to the applicable special provisions of Service Classification Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6 or 13.

Accounts must be held by the same customer, on property owned or leased by the customer, within the same load zone as determined by the New York Independent System Operator’s locational based margin price as of the date of the initial request by the customer to conduct net metering.

Please see Leaf 163.5.6 of our electric rate tariffs for additional information.

Applications for remote net metering can be downloaded from the “Forms” section and submitted with an application for interconnection.

Billing
If you are not eligible for net metering, there are many other options available to offset your usage. Please see our electric rate tariffs for more information.