27 Aug '12, 3pm

The Unintended Consequences of Solar’s Net Metering Fight

The Unintended Consequences of Solar’s Net Metering Fight

When utilities and solar advocates faced off in May at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) over capping solar’s net energy metering (NEM) incentive, stakeholders knew the issue was significant. Few realized it would set off a re-evaluation of utility rates. NEM returns the retail per-kilowatt-hour rate to solar system owners for the electricity their systems produce, often reducing their bills to zero and exempting them from their utility’s co-charge for grid infrastructure maintenance. California’s big three investor-owned utilities (IOUs), including San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), believe the exemption inequitably shifts the burden for grid maintenance costs to non-system owners. The IOUs asked the CPUC to redefine the NEM cap downward to more quickly end the incentive. The CPUC sustained the existing cap , pending closer scrutiny of NEM’s costs and ben...

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