TWEETS

Full retail credit with no subtractions. Customers protected from fees and additional charges. Rules actively encourage use of DG.

A

Generally good net metering policies with full retail credit, but there could be certain fees or costs that detract from full retail equivalent value. There may be some obstacles to net metering.

B

Adequate net metering rules, but there could be some significant fees or other obstacles that undercut the value or make the process of net metering more difficult.

C

Poor net metering policies with substantial charges or other hindrances. Many customers will forgo an opportunity to install DG because net metering rules subtract substantial economic value.

D

Net metering policies that deter customer-sited DG.

F

No Statewide Policy

N/A

alabama

N/A

alaska

C

arizona

A

arkansas

B

california

A

colorado

A

connecticut

A

delaware

A

Dist. of Columbia

A

florida

B

georgia

F

hawaii

B

idaho

N/A

illinois

B

indiana

B

iowa

B

kansas

B

kentucky

B

louisiana

B

maine

B

maryland

A

massachusetts

A

michigan

B

minnesota

B

mississippi

N/A

missouri

B

montana

C

nebraska

B

nevada

A

new hampshire

A

new jersey

A

new mexico

B

new york

A

north carolina

C

north dakota

D

ohio

A

oklahoma

F

oregon

A

pennsylvania

A

puerto rico

N/A

rhode island

B

south carolina

D

south dakota

N/A

tennessee

N/A

texas

N/A

utah

A

vermont

A

virginia

C

west virginia

A

wisconsin

C

wyoming

B

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California Decision Creates Certainty for Solar Customers

This article originally appeared on votesolar.org

A decision from the California PUC today brought some welcome certainty to solar customers in the state. As you’ll recall, legislation passed last year, AB 327, removed a looming net metering suspension date and opened the door for the California Public Utilities Commission to uncap the successful crediting program altogether. As a first step in the implementation of AB 327, the CPUC was required by the end of this month to decide how long existing solar customers can keep receiving their current net metering benefits before they transition to the new program. We argued that changing the rules on these pioneering customers who have made a personal investment in solar that benefits all of us would not be fair. Today,...

Arizona Stands Up for Solar Rights

This article originally appeared on votesolar.org

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Freeing the Grid 2013 is out! Did your state make the grade?

This article originally appeared on votesolar.org

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Colorado Solar Customers Deliver $13.6 Million in Annual Benefits to Xcel Energy Grid

This article originally appeared on votesolar.org

Today we released updated analysis indicating that customer investment in solar energy systems currently in the Xcel service area deliver as much as $13.6 million in annual benefits to Colorado ratepayers. Those findings are in stark contrast to the utility’s own cost-benefit analysis that was submitted to regulators at the PUC earlier this month in what appears to be an early attempt to put the brakes on the rooftop solar growth. We are determined not to let bad math be used to target customer solar rights. The fact of the matter is that private solar investment saves the rest of Xcel’s customers money in many ways. It reduces the need for the utility to build expensive conventional power plants and transmission...

A standardized approach to distributed solar studies

This article originally appeared on votesolar.org

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Xcel Energy Puts Rooftop Solar in Jeopardy in Colorado

This article originally appeared on votesolar.org

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Introducing Freeing the Grid 2012

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Bay Staters deserve fair solar credit

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Vermont streamlines process for small net metered systems

On May 31, the Vermont Public Service Board issued an order to increase the system size capacity for proposed net-metered photovoltaic (PV) systems to qualify for an expedited registration process. This order promulgates Act No. 125 (H.475), enacted earlier this year, which increased the size limit of systems eligible for the expedited process.  Net-metered PV systems up to 10 kW may now qualify for this expedited permitting process for a Certificate of Public Good (CPG); previously the limit was 5 kW.  In short, small PV systems now have fewer hurdles to jump through which ultimately means solar can be installed more quickly, with less cost to the customer.   The registration process for a CPG requires the customer to self-certify that they...

CPUC unanimously approves net metering expansion in California

Today the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted to give more Californians access to net metering credit for solar power. The 5-0 vote on a Proposed Decision will protect this important solar consumer right for tens of thousands of California homes, schools, businesses and public buildings.   Solar policy victories don’t come easily – so today is truly a day to celebrate! Thanks to the hard work of organizations and solar companies across the state, not to mention the nearly 60,000 Californians who expressed their support for net metering, California will continue to be increasingly powered by the sun. Extra special thanks to Governor Brown and the Commissioners themselves for fighting so hard on behalf of this program.   Net metering makes sure solar customers get fair...

60,000 Californians Urge the PUC to Say YES to Net Metering

With a PUC vote on the horizon, the final tally is in! Solar, environmental, public interest and science groups banded together to help Californians send nearly 60,000 messages asking the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to expand a popular clean energy program called net metering. Like rollover minutes on a cell phone, net metering gives solar energy customers fair credit on their monthly utility bills for electricity they put on the grid for others to use. California’s program has allowed over 100,000 homes, businesses, schools, and public agencies to go solar and lower their energy costs. This in turn supports thousands of jobs statewide and reduces the need for expensive, polluting fossil-based power plants. California law caps the amount of net...

Massachusetts seeking to clarify net metering definitions

On May 11, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities requested comments regarding the definitions of a net metering “facility” and “unit,” in particular with respect to determining net metering generating capacity under the statute. Specifically, the inquiry seeks to establish whether a net metering facility’s generating capacity is determined by the amount of capacity associated with: (1) a single meter; (2) a single parcel of land; (3) a single interconnection point on an electric distribution system; or (4) some other criteria. There is some concern that the statute may allow larger projects to split themselves up into smaller subdivisions in order to meet the net metering capacity cap, but as a result may consume the remaining net metering capacity quickly. Participants’ comments...