Net metering increases significantly in U.S.

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Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 26, 2009 – Between 2002 and 2007 the number of net metering customers across the United States increased by more than a factor 10, from 4,472 customers in 2002 to 48,820 in 2007, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Electric Power Annual 2007 reveals.

In 2002 there were 3,559 residential and 913 non-residential net metering customers. By 2007, there were 44,886 residential and 3,943 non-residential net metering customers. Of these the majority – 71.5 percent, or 34,910 customers – were in the state of California.

In 2007 there were also 835,651 retail customers in the U.S. purchasing electricity under green pricing programs, i.e. electricity generated from renewable resources. Of these 773,391 or 92.5 percent, were residential customers. All of the states, with the exception of Louisiana, reported providing electric service under green pricing programs in 2007. Retail consumers in Texas accounted for 17 percent of the total and Oregon was ranked second with 12 percent, followed by California (7 percent), Colorado (6.9 percent) and Maryland (6.7 percent). Together, retail consumers in these five states accounted for 49.6 of consumers purchasing green power and 56 percent of green power sales volumes nationwide.