31 Jul '13, 8pm

Solar is from Mars, utilities are from Venus - New post from @UtilitySolar on net energy metering.

Have you noticed increasing attention being paid to potential impacts from higher levels of solar distributed generation (DG)? Does the conversation sound like productive dialogue or an excerpt for a daytime drama? What is that sausage making they call ratemaking? What should be considered when valuing the costs and benefits of DG? What costs are fixed for the electrical system? And what, exactly, is net-energy metering (NEM)? Unfortunately, it seems as though the only discussions receiving attention these days are the “battle cries” or an “us versus them” mentality. Those discussions are carefully drawing lines in the sand – aiming for popular opinion and policymakers to help cement those positions. Whether it’s a new study on costs and benefits, an article on a utility or solar industry point-of-view, or a coalition being formed to protect NEM, fingers are being pointed....

Full article: http://www.solarelectricpower.org/posts/2013/07/solar-is-...

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