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Are Small Changes Eating Away at Net Metering?

August 3, 2015 by Ivy Main

Net Metering and Policy Adjustments

Many owners of solar homes were surprised this spring to get letters in the mail from their utilities, informing them of pending changes in Virginia’s net metering rules. A late addition restricts the capacity of net-metered projects to just what is needed to meet the customer’s “expected annual energy consumption.[read more]

Net Metering vs. Self-Generation for Solar PV

April 7, 2015 by James Greenberger

The falling cost of solar PV combined with the falling cost of electricity storage means that it is becoming increasingly economic for solar PV owners to self-generate, i.e., to save the electricity they cannot immediately use and use it themselves at another time.[read more]


Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

Will the Solar Industry Get Behind CPS Energy's Alternative to Net Metering in San Antonio?

October 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

After two controversial attempts to change net metering policy in San Antonio, CPS Energy, the utility serving the city, thinks it has found a new incentive model for solar that local installers can support. CPS wants to overhaul solar support structures completely.[read more]

Could a Minimum Bill Bring an End to the Net Metering War?

August 13, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Ending the Net Metering War

As net metering battles continue around the country, a new conversation gains steam, bringing forth the future hope of a policy that works for both utilities and for the solar energy industry. The minimum bill idea is becoming a focus in more than one area.[read more]

In Massachusetts, Compromise Pairs Net Metering With Declining Solar Incentives

July 14, 2014 by Tom Plant

Massachusetts and Solar Market Change

In states around the country, there have been attacks on the net metering policies that support distributed resources, primarily solar power systems. Utilities claim these policies give solar system owners a pass on paying for the infrastructure that connects them to the grid.[read more]

Will Utilities Control Behind-the-Meter Solar Batteries?

April 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Ken Munson, CEO of Stockton, Calif.-based startup Sunverge Energy, doesn’t want you to think of his company’s product as a “battery in a box,” backing up a roof full of solar panels -- even if that’s one very accurate way to describe what it packages up into a closet-sized, UL-certified form.[read more]

A Rising Tension: 'Value-of-Solar' Tariff Versus Net Metering

April 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Pricing Solar

The Alliance for Solar Choice, a group made up of leading solar service providers, is a staunch defender of net energy metering. And that has brought it into conflict with solar advocates calling for a more precise "value of solar" calculation.[read more]

Net Metering Update: What Do Recent Decisions Tell Us?

April 11, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Each week brings new developments in net metering, as utilities, state legislators and regulators continue debating how to price solar on the grid. Recent decisions follow proceedings in Arizona, Colorado and a host of other states, where utilities have argued for fixed charges to net metered customers.[read more]

As Net Metering Battles Move to Small Markets, Solar Energy Advocates Claim Early Victories

March 27, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities and solar advocates have been negotiating changes to net metering in California, the leading U.S. solar market, for years. So proposed changes to solar crediting policies have spread quickly to other leading states where utilities are starting to deal with a lot more solar on the grid.[read more]

Net Metering Is in the Air: Solar Energy Progress in Massachusetts and Other States

March 19, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Massachusettes Solar

Last week, we reported on recent legislation in Massachusetts that would increase homeowners’ access to net metering across the state. The legislation would be good for solar, and it seems likely to pass in solar-friendly Massachusetts.[read more]

Why Aren't We Talking About Net Energy Metering for LEDs?

March 19, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram

Net Metering for LEDs

Net metering means that my utility will credit me for the “extra” power my solar energy system generates at times of low energy consumption and charge me based on the difference between my total consumption and my total solar production, i.e. my net consumption.[read more]

The Solar Net Metering Battle Moves to Colorado

December 29, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Colorado Net Metering

The battle over net metering between Colorado's Xcel Energy and rooftop solar advocates could make the recent impassioned debate in Arizona seem tame. Xcel Energy will have its 2014 Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Plan reviewed by the state Public Utilities Commission in February.[read more]

Fitch Ratings: Net Metering Can Destabilize Entire Utility Industry

December 27, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Net Metering and Disruption

Attention everyone concerned about the potential for net metering to completely upend power utility business models: Buckle up, because net metering is taking off. Customer adoption of net metering policy has grown fast, and has become a small but rapidly growing component of total retail electricity sales.[read more]

Arizona Preserves Net Metering by Charging a Small Fee to Solar Owners

November 15, 2013 by Herman Trabish

After two days of impassioned public comment on the future of net metering, the Arizona Corporation Commission voted 3-2 yesterday to charge $0.70 per kilowatt to solar owners to help offset utility revenue losses associated with the growth of rooftop solar.[read more]