U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I generate and sell electricity to an electric utility?
Yes, you can generate your own electricity. However, in general, you must use a renewable source of energy, like solar or wind energy, to sell electricity to a utility.
The requirements for 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 be connected to electric utilities and the amount compensated for any excess electrity produced by a generator owner. In some states, each utility determines the requirements for connectivity and any compensation to a generator owner.
Metering and Rate Arrangements for Grid-Connected Systems (Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)
Last updated: May 16, 2014
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