Data not drama: assessing the rate impact of net metering

Vote Solar hosted a webinar this week on a very hot topic – how to assess the costs and benefits of net metering.  The well attended webinar focused on efforts completed to date to assess the value of net metering in various utility territories. The speakers discussed best practices in these studies, and offered a generalized approach that other states or utilities can employ to assess the rate impacts of net energy metering policies in their areas.

If you missed the webinar, no worries, we have all the information ready for you to peruse at your leisure:


 

43 states have some form of net metering polices on the books; but net metering policies are under attack.  Known as the policy that allows your electric meter to spin backwards, net metering is the billing arrangement that ensures solar customers receive credit for the electricity their systems generate during daytime hours.  It’s one of the most important tools we have to allow energy consumers to generate their own clean, reliable electricity from the sun.

Some utilities are claiming that net metering is an unsustainable subsidy, and that solar customers should be charged a standby or network use charge to recoup the “stranded costs” they claim NEM creates.  However, the cost-benefit analysis behind many of these claims may be lacking. Our webinar discussed net metering valuation efforts to date, and best practices going forward.

Feel free to contact annie@votesolar.org if you have any questions or comments.