With drastic reductions in the price of wind and solar over the last decade, co-op members and utility customers are considering local energy projects more than ever before. If they fit the right capacity requirements these installations are eligible to sell excess power back to the grid (known as net metering). Utilities in many states across the country are now targeting net metering policies with the assumption that net metering costs other customers more money. A study by the Brookings Institution shows the contrary to utilities’ claims, and details the benefits that net metering gives to co-op members and utility customers.

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