Montana Electric Coops - Net Metering

December 07, 2012


The Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association (MECA) adopted model interconnection guidelines in 2001 and a revised net-metering policy in September 2008. Net metering is available in whole or part by most of the 26 electric cooperatives in Montana. A map of the service areas of each of member cooperative is available on the MECA web site. To determine if a specific cooperative offers net metering, view the MECA map to obtain contact information for that cooperative.

Under the model policy, customers who generate electricity using a renewable source including, but not limited to, wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric or fuel cells are eligible for net metering. Net metering is defined as the interconnection of member-owned generation from a renewable resource to the cooperative's facilities, in which the generation output of energy not used at the service is netted against the energy delivered by the cooperative within the following guidelines

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Montana
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Hydroelectric
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Utilities: Electric cooperatives
System Capacity Limit: 10 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit: No limit specified
Net Excess Generation: Credited to customer's next bill, granted to utility at end of 12 month billing cycle
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Not addressed
Meter Aggregation: Not addressed


Name: Interconnection of Small Customer Generation
Date Enacted: 9/30/2008


Name: Gary Wiens
Organization: Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association
Address: 501 Bay Drive
Great Falls MT 59403
Phone: (406) 761-8333

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.