Idaho Power would exchange credits for payments to customers who produce more power than they use under a proposal to expand its program.
Idaho Power currently offsets excess power from 350 customers with wind, solar, hydro, biomass and fuel cell technologies through its net metering program. The program would be doubled from a total of 2.9 megawatts to 5.8 megawatts allowed.
Under the program the residential and small commercial customer is limited to 25 kilowatts in generation. Other rate classes can connect up to 100 kilowatts of generation but the connection and credit are calculated differently.
Under the plan their electric meters spin backwards, providing a credit for energy produced against charges for energy used.
It wants the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to approve the new program by October, 2013.