Generate your own Solar or Wind Power
Solar and wind power systems are a great way to reduce energy costs, increase property values and benefit the environment. Solar panel and wind turbine technologies have significantly improved over the past decade and Federal, State, and local incentives and financing make it easier than ever to install your own system. AEP Ohio has a Net Energy Metering Service tariff to assist you in using solar photovoltaic, small wind turbines and other renewable energy resources to generate electricity.
Net Energy Metering Service
Who's Eligible: All AEP Ohio customers in the state of Ohio.
Description: An electric service tariff option for customers with customer-generator facilities designed to safely operate in parallel with the Company's transmission and distribution systems. The generator must be fueled by a renewable energy resource (solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, or hydropower, or use a micro-turbine or a fuel cell). The generator must be located on the customer's premises behind the meter and operated in order to offset part or all of the customer's electrical needs.
How Customers Participate: After a customer has secured an Interconnection Agreement with AEP Ohio, they complete a Net Energy Metering Service application to activate the tariff.
Customer Benefits: Allows a customer to save money on their electric utility bill. The electricity produced by the generator is first utilized by the customer. If additional electricity is needed the customer receives it from their generation supplier. Electric Choice allows customers to purchase their generation from a competitive retail electric service (CRES) provider or AEP Ohio. If AEP Ohio is the generation supplier and the generator produces more electricity than the customer needs, the customer would accumulate a credit based on the generation rates and riders of their bill. The credit would be applied to their current bill. Any remaining credit would be applied to future bills when they need more electricity than their generator produces. If a CRES provider supplies the generation and the generator produces excess electricity the customer will need to contact the CRES provider to learn how the excess electricity is addressed, since the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio can't regulate their rates under Electric Choice.
As an AEP Ohio customer, you or your business may want to generate your own power to supplement the electricity you purchase from your generation service provider. This is called "distributed generation" or "self generation.”
AEP Ohio defines two types of customer-owned distributed generation systems:
Utility Connected Generating System: A utility connected generating system involves generators, such as solar or wind generators, interconnected to your electrical system and to AEP Ohio's transmission and distribution systems.
Standalone Generating Systems: A standalone generating system is not connected to AEP Ohio's transmission and distribution systems. It involves portable or standby generators that supply backup power to a building during a power outage.
There are many important considerations to take into account before Installing Generating Equipment. AEP Ohio is ready to work with you on the safe and reliable interconnection of your electric generating equipment with the AEP Ohio transmission and distribution systems.