Ind. panel takes up `net metering' rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana utility regulators are studying whether to expand state rules that could boost the state's renewable energy sector.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission's review comes after a push to begin work on broadening the state's "net-metering" rules failed in lawmakers' recent session.

Under the rules, electric utility customers with wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric systems are charged only for the net amount of power they use. They get credit on future bills for excess power generated and sent into the electric grid.

Indiana's current rules apply only to homeowners and schools and set a limit of 10 kilowatts per customer. Renewable energy advocates say those limits and stifle Indiana's ability to increase clean energy jobs and investment.

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