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07/07/2010 11:33 AM     print story email story  

National Net Metering Bill Introduced in U.S. House News

U.S. Representative Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) introduced a bill this week that would establish a national standard for net metering. 

The Americans Making Power Act, or AMP Act, would allow Americans to feed back into the grid excess renewable power they generate through their homes, small businesses and even places of worship.

The legislation is also expected to improve reliability of the nation’s electric grid by encouraging a more diffuse means of energy production.    

The AMP Act addresses two main issues associated with net metering policy; namely the actual net metering standard and a policy component designed to allow for the connection of a renewable energy system to the electric grid, also known as “interconnection.” The AMP Act would accomplish this by modifying section 113 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978.

While some 42 states have already adopted some form of net metering and/or interconnection standards, there are many variations in policy and some states have yet to adopt net metering language at all. This bill, would set a national standard, but Inslee said it is still flexible enough to allow states to set their own standards, as long as they go above and beyond the outlined language.

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