Net Metering - Alabama

Net Meetering Households/100,000 Population: 0.4
Net Metering vs National Average Per 100,000 Population

NET METERING: A Clean Jobs Indicator. According to the State Environmental Resource Center, net metering is a special metering and billing agreement between utilities and their customers, which facilitates the connection of small, renewable energy-generating systems to the power grid.

These programs encourage small-scale renewable energy systems, ensure that customers always have a reliable source of energy from the grid during times when their renewable generators are not producing energy, and provide substantial benefits to the electric power-generating system, the economy, and the environment. Net metering customers are charged only for the "net" power that they consume from the electricity service provider that has accumulated over a designated period or, if their renewable energy-generating systems make more electricity than is consumed, they may be credited or paid for the excess electricity contributed to the grid over that same period.

By adopting net metering laws, states can encourage the installation and use of renewable energy generators. These systems help break our dependence on fossil fuels, add to the diversification of our current energy portfolio, and help lessen the environmental footprint associated with electricity generation and consumption.

The Net Metering section of the Clean Jobs Index uses data provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.