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Gov. David A. Paterson, D-N.Y., has finalized an agreement with the state Legislature on energy legislation that will authorize increased development of renewable energy through net metering.

"The expansion of net metering paves the way for greater independence and cost-savings for New York's energy consumers," says Sheldon Silver, assembly speaker. "This Legislation will encourage residents, businesses, schools and nonprofits to reduce costs by producing power through non-polluting alternative sources, such as solar and wind technologies. By signing this bill, Governor Paterson joins the Assembly in its commitment to reducing costs and creating cleaner energy for our consumers."

The bill will significantly expand the state's net metering law to promote greater investment by homeowners, farms and businesses in facilities that generate energy from renewable sources, including wind, solar and farm waste.

The bill will authorize net metering for wind technology for all utility customer classes, including non-residential classes. Previously, the law authorized such systems for residential and wind farm operations only. The law will also allow non-residential wind electric generators to net meter up to the lesser of their peak load or 2 MW and increase the maximum size of wind facilities for farm operations from 125 kW to 500 kW. Caps on net metering enrollment in utility service territories will also be increased.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. David A. Paterson



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