Ohioans will now be able to offset their electric bills with power generated through devices like solar panels and wind turbines. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) adopted net metering rules last week, which will allow customers to be credited for any excess energy they return to the electric grid. PUCO Chairman Asim Haque praised the rule for enhancing “Ohio’s energy policy by establishing consistent, statewide parameters for net metering.” Customers receiving the standard service offer from regulated electric distribution utilities will be compensated for excess energy supplied to the grid in the form of a monthly bill credit at the utility’s standard service offer rate for energy. Customers who receive service from a competitive electric supplier may be credited at a rate agreed to in their contract for service. PUCO will submit final rules for the new metering program to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review after a final, appealable order has been issued.