- Jan 23, 2003I would like to update a note that I sent some time back
regarding net metering in Texas.
In response to my request to do a "distributed generation"
attachment to the Oncor (TXU lines company) I had been
informed that I could either choose to sell or not sell. If I
chose not to sell, they would install a "one-way" electric
meter, meaning no credit for whatever I put back into the
system. This pretty much put Net Metering in a coma.
Choosing to sell would require my registering with the PUC,
and joining the club of large electric producers, with special
metering, participating in the whole ERCOT mess, etc. Not
attractive for a 2.5kW system!
That is history.
Well, the latest communication from Ken Brunkenhoefer
has a revised interpretation that retains net metering. They
have options "A", "B", and "C". Option "A" is the classic
net metering, where you retain your bidirectional meter, though
a monthly surplus would not be credited (no big deal). The
other two options are variations that would allow fuller
participation in the deregulated market, with accompanying
All in all, very good news.
This only reflects my specific experience with Oncor. I think
that there is room in the current PUC rules for various
interpretations, so I would like to hear of other experiences
with other line companies. And of course, Minicipal utlities
and Coops make their own rules.