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August 14, 2017

Net metering debates rev up, but regulators are skeptical of utility proposals

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Utility Dive – Fights over net metering policies are showing no signs of slowing down in the second quarter of this year. According to the latest quarterly report from North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, there are 42 proceedings in 25 states plus the District of Columbia to increase fixed charges or minimum bills on residential solar customers.

And 24 states are considering or enacted changes to the net metering policy in Q2 as well. But perhaps one of the most notable is how many states are formally examining the value of distributed generation or the costs and benefits of net metering: 17.

But while utilities and solar interests are duking it out over how to compensate solar customers for the excess energy sent to the grid, a handful of states are revisiting decisions on successor tariffs for net metering.

Read more at Utility Dive.

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