31 Dec '16, 3pm

Maine Regulators Postpone Solar NEM Decision

Maine Regulators Postpone Solar NEM Decision

The drama over solar policy continues in Maine. Although the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) planned to issue a ruling by the end of 2016, the agency says it is delaying its decision on proposed net energy metering (NEM) changes until next year. In September, the PUC issued a proposed rule that would phase out the current retail NEM program, a key policy for distributed solar. According to the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), an outspoken opponent to the plan, the proposal would gradually reduce the NEM rates solar customers receive for the excess energy they put onto the grid. Among other changes, the plan would also apply a new grid fee on new solar customers. The PUC held a public hearing on its proposal in October and also received several hundred written comments. The agency says it is continuing to review all of the feedback and now hopes to decide ...

Full article: http://solarindustrymag.com/maine-regulators-postpone-sol...

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