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More Michigan residents produced their own electricity in 2016

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More Michiganders participated in state's program to generate on-site renewable energy in 2016 compared to 2015.

The Michigan Public Service Commission's annual report on renewable energy found that 427 more electric customers joined the state's Net Metering program.

The program, which is available to customers of Michigan's rate-regulated utilities and cooperatives, and alternative electric suppliers, allows customers to generate their own power with solar panels or wind turbines and lower their electric bills.

Nick Assendelft is with the MPSC. He expects that even more customers will have participated in the program in 2017.

“Given how many customers around the state joined the program, we’re expecting another big increase in participants,” Assendelft said.

Most of the participants of the Net Metering program are in southeast Michigan.  

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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