Reverse metering is not yet common in the United States
. If you own your own wind turbine
, there may still be times when you need more electricity
than it provides, in which case you will want to be hooked up to the power grid
so you can buy electicity from the power company
There may be other times when you produce more electricity than you need. Reverse metering would require the power company to buy this extra electricity at the same cost they charged when you bought it from them. In most cases this would permit them to create less pollution by making less use of other generating facilities.
Power companies object to reverse metering, and some of their claims may be worth considering in the interests of fairness, but at the very least reverse metering during periods of peak usage in places with peak usage power problems would be desirable. It would not require a major outlay, it could use the same metering equipment already in place.