Q & A: Can You Generate and Sell Electricity to Electric Utilities?
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Find many questions and answers about electricity from the Department of Energy. Can I generate and sell electricity to an electric utility?
Can I generate and sell electricity to an electric utility?
You can generate your own electricity. But, in general, you must use a renewable source of energy, like solar or wind energy, to sell electricity to a utility.
The details of how to connect to and sell electricity to electric utilities vary by State and utility company. Many State governments have “net metering” or other laws and regulations that specify the types of small-scale generators that can connect to electric utilities and how generator owners are compensated for any excess electricity they produce. In some, each utility determines if and how they will allow connection and pay for the electricity.
Metering and Rate Arrangements for Grid-Connected Systems (Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)
Source: DOE (last reviewed June 8, 2011)
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