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txlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 07:33 AM
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26. That's not always the case -- much to my chagrin
Here in Texas the "net metering" rules are very different than in California.

My electric company only gives you the "avoided transmission costs" and never pay full price for the electricity sent back to the grid. I've heard that other companies will give you less than that and only a couple give you 100% credit (aka full price) for excess kilowatt hours sent back to the grid. Most have no net metering at all. One gives you 100% up to the first 500 kWh over your "usual" electricity usage (I guess that means pre-solar), then 50% for each kWh after that. It's an idiotic system here that lets the electric utility company decide on its own.

There should be a national standard that requires companies to pay full retail price at the time each kilowatt hour gets fed back into the grid, whatever the cost to you would normally be at that time had you used a kilowatt hour.
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