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California PUC Rules in Favor of Net-Metering: California net-metering gained a resounding victory on Thursday

California PUC Rules in Favor of Net-Metering: California net-metering gained a resounding victory on Thursday

While the ruling dealt with the arcane language within the original law, the clarified interpretation is expected to provide a long-term boost to the state’s residential market. The issue has proven to be a major sticking point between the solar industry — especially those in California — and the state’s powerful utilities, which have argued that accepting more net-metered solar would hurt ratepayers. PUC Chairman Michael Peevey submitted the approved proposal in April. As written, the law caps net metering at 5 percent of “aggregate customer peak demand.” After that, there is no guarantee that utilities will allow new solar customers to sell their unused power back to the grid. The question thus far has been in how utilities have chosen to interpret the law. The implications of the ruling can be measured in gigawatts. A change in methodology is projected to allow a cumula...

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