I would say the first sentence should be qualified that if you generate more for the year than you consume, there is little incentive to send the excess power back to the utility. For those of use with less than a 100% offset, Net Metering is a huge help in reducing our energy bills. By exporting during the peak rate times, I can get enough credits to cover the missing production and end up with a $0 bill even though I am a net consumer for the year. Furthermore, the Community Choice Aggregator that provides the generation part actually does pay out at retail if I ever accumulate more than $100. This will actually go some way to canceling out the generation charges from PG&E.