U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Renewable & Alternative Fuels
Green Pricing and Net Metering Programs
With data for 2010 | Release Date: September 24, 2012 | Next Release Date: Discontinued | full report
Green Pricing Programs
In 2010, a total of 776 electric industry participants reported having customers in green pricing programs, 14 percent more than in 2009. The number of customers in green pricing programs grew by 8 percent in 2010, reaching a new high of 1,216,582 out of a nationwide customer base of 144,140,2581 (Figure 1 and Table 1).
Texas had the most customers with 411,615 in 2010, followed by Oregon with 122,671, New York with 91,532 and California with 82,848. Although participation varied widely, every state had some green pricing customers, except Alaska and Hawaii. The net increase in customers for the year was 92,804, led by large increases in Texas and New York. There were also some states (such as Minnesota and Tennessee) with sharp decreases. Ninety-three percent of green pricing customers nationwide were residential.
Net Metering Programs
A total of 694 electric industry participants reported having net metering customers in 2010, with customers in every state except Tennessee (Table 2). Net metering customers totaled 155,841 in 2010, 61 percent more than in 2009 (Figure 2). California had, by far, the largest number of net metering customers with 86,495, or 56 percent of the U.S. total. California also accounted for more than half of the increase in 2010. Ninety-one percent of net metering customers nationwide were residential.
1See also Electric Power Annual 2010, Table 7.5..