Encouraging Renewable Energy

Sen. Bernie Sanders today cosponsored new legislation that would make it easier for homeowners and businesses that generate their own renewable energy to plug into the electricity grid and sell their excess electricity to utility companies. When a household or business decides to produce renewable energy themselves to power their home or business, they sometimes cannot take full advantage of this choice because there are regulatory obstacles in place. Vermont and some other states do allow "ne

Sen. Bernie Sanders today cosponsored new legislation that would make it easier for homeowners and businesses that generate their own renewable energy to plug into the electricity grid and sell their excess electricity to utility companies. When a household or business decides to produce renewable energy themselves to power their home or business, they sometimes cannot take full advantage of this choice because there are regulatory obstacles in place. Vermont and some other states do allow "net metering" and access to the electric grid. For example, if someone has a small wind turbine that generates more power at a given time than their house needs, they should be allowed to sell their excess electricity to the utility company. This legislation is needed in order to make this legally possible across the country. Sanders said, "It is imperative that we take down the barriers that prevent families and businesses from taking full advantages of cutting-edge renewable energy technologies. We need to move aggressively toward energy efficiency and renewable energy so we use less fossil fuel. To do that, we need to develop and encourage the use of such sustainable energies as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and others."

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For more information on "net metering", click here.