First, review the cooperative's Distributed Generation and Net Metering Guidelines.
In many areas of the United States, homeowners are turning to distributed generation to offset their energy costs. Also referred to as retail generation, distributed generation occurs when customers install generators interconnected to the grid to reduce the amount of power they purchase. Common types of generators used in this application are small wind turbines or solar panels.
While generators isolated from the grid, such as standby or emergency generators, are not considered distributed generation, members should notify TCEC of the installation in both cases for safety reasons.
In the case of distributed generation smaller than 250 kW, members can take part in TCEC’s net metering program. Under this program, members receive the retail rate for electricity generated and used during a billing period. This offsets the member’s energy purchase from TCEC. If the member uses more energy than generated in a billing period, then he only pays for the net energy used. If the member produces electricity in excess of what is used, it is absorbed into the grid at no cost. If a unit is properly sized for the member’s load, excess production should not happen.
Members interested in net metering should call TCEC at 580-652-2418. The cooperative requires a short distributed generation agreement and needs the nameplate data off the unit installed.
- American Wind Energy Assocation
- Planning a Small Wind Project (Windustry.org)
- Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative
- US Dept. of Energy: Wind Resource Maps
- First Look: Renewable Energy Assessment and Forecasting
Small Turbine Manufacturers
- AWEA Small Wind Industry Standards/Certified Turbines
- SWCC List of Certified Small Wind Turbines
- Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative (OWPI)