26 Mar '15, 3pm

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

In the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25 percent of new power plant capacity . This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has grown by leaps and bounds, producing power right where it's needed and juicing up local economies. But many states have limited how much of their electricity can come from local sources like rooftop solar, by capping their net metering programs. Net metering allows those with solar to roll back their electric meter when they produce energy from the sun, just as they could reduce their electric bill with an energy efficient refrigerator. Net metering is also seen as a threat by utilities , as it reduces electricity purchases and reduces demand for new power plants. States should make sure their limits on local power reflect actual technical limitations of the grid, and not just utility interes...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2015/03...

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