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Net Metering in Review: 10 State Policy Updates from 2015

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Arizona: General Rate Case

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">Tucson Electric Power (TEP) requested a change to the reimbursement rate for net excess generation in March, according to the report. In June, TEP withdrew the request with plans to incorporate net-metering changes into its next general rate case, the report said, noting that Arizona regulators in August closed the docket and ordered TEP to revise disclaimer language that indicated net-metering rates may change for systems connected on or after June 1, 2015. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

02 / 11

California: Successor Program Proposal

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">California regulators in December issued a proposed decision that establishes a successor program to the state’s current net-metering policy that would continue the existing program structure while making some adjustments to align the costs of successor net-metering customers with those of non-net-metering customers, according to a PUC statement. Successor customers will pay a one-time interconnection fee of between $75 and $150, as well as fees for low income and efficiency programs equivalent to between 2 and 3 cents per kWh of energy consumed. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

03 / 11

Colorado: Business as Usual

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">In August, Colorado regulators decided to keep the state’s net-metering rules unchanged after a five-month review of net metering and potential impacts of renewable distributed generation, according to the report. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

04 / 11

Hawaii: Ending Original Net-Metering Program

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">Hawaii regulators in October issued a ruling ending net metering for all new solar customers in the state, according to a PUC statement. New customers will have to choose between two tariffs: a grid-supply option and a self-supply option. Concerned that the ruling will significantly reduce the state’s rooftop solar industry, the Alliance for Solar Choice filed suit in Hawaii state court challenging the decision. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

05 / 11

Maine: Net-Metering Alternative Considered

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">Main regulators opened a docket in July to investigate the potential for an alternative to net metering in the state, according to the report. An update is due to the legislature by January 30, 2016, the report said. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

06 / 11

Minnesota: Revised Net-Metering Rules

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">Minnesota regulators in September adopted rules to revise the state’s net-metering policy, according to the report. The rules specify that a net-metered facility may elect kWh credits for monthly net excess generation in place of a payment at the avoided cost rate. In addition, the report said that rules clarify the definition of a standby charge and that generators own all RECs unless other ownership is expressly stated. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

07 / 11

Net Metering in Review: 10 State Policy Updates from 2015

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;"><b>By Jennifer Delony</b><br> In 2015, the status of net-metering policy was called into question in many states. Utilities are advocating for changes to net-metering rules, claiming solar customers are not taking responsibility for their share of costs to maintain the grid. Solar advocates claim that solar provides benefits to the grid and the environment, and those benefits should be accounted for. In its report <i>The 50 States of Solar,</i> the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center examined the status of state net-metering policies across the country. Here’s a look at 10 of the major policy updates identified in that report that stand as indicators of what the renewables industry can expect on the net metering front in 2016. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

08 / 11

Nevada: State Reaches Cap

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">A Nevada state law passed in June defined the aggregate capacity limit for net-metered systems as 235 MW and required utilities to submit new net-metering tariffs when the cap is reached, according to the report. That cap was reached in August. Nevada regulators in December approved new rates for NV Energy customers who participate in net metering, according to a PUC of Nevada statement. The new rate structure will compensate net-metering customers at the wholesale market rate for the excess electricity they generate. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

09 / 11

New Jersey: Capacity Hits 2.5 Percent Trigger

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">In August, New Jersey’s governor signed a law authorizing state regulators to limit net metering to 2.9 percent of the total annual kWh sold in the state by each electric power supplier, according to the report. There is no set cap for net metering in New Jersey, but the statute allows the regulators to limit net-metering customers to 2.5 percent of the peak demand. The report said that the total capacity of net-metered systems has surpassed the 2.5 percent trigger, but regulators have allowed net metering to continue. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

10 / 11

Pennsylvania: Proposed Changes Pending

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">In April, Pennsylvania regulators proposed changing the net-metering system size cap from 110 percent to 200 percent of load for on-site generation, according to the report. The proposal draft is subject to 18 months of reviews before it is finalized by September 2016, the report said. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>

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South Carolina: New Net-Metering Riders Approved

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border: 1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 16px;">In August, South Carolina regulators approved new net-metering riders for Duke Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, and South Carolina Electric and Gas, according to the report. Pursuant to a previous settlement agreement, all tariffs will allow customers to net meter at the full retail rate, the report said. (<i>Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com" adhocenable="false">Shutterstock.</a></i>) </p> </div>