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PUC Restores Retail NEM For Rooftop Solar In Northern Nevada

On Thursday, exactly one year since the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) ruled to eliminate retail net energy metering (NEM) in the state, the commission voted unanimously to restore retail NEM in Sierra Pacific Power Co.’s service territory. The regulators issued their decision as part of a general rate case for Sierra Pacific, NV Energy’s subsidiary that serves Northern Nevada. Unsurprisingly, solar advocates have lauded the development. Nevada has been a major solar battleground state ever since the PUCN voted in December 2015 to drastically cut NEM compensation rates from retail buyback rates to wholesale ones. Rooftop solar companies, including SolarCity and Sunrun, blamed the decision for the need to shutter their Nevada operations and cut jobs. Furthermore, the PUCN initially denied grandfathering in pre-existing solar customers under the original NEM ru...

Full article: http://solarindustrymag.com/puc-restores-retail-nem-for-r...

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