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Published on Friday, February 15, 2013

Net metering

The net metering issue has surfaced again this year in the form of HB 1106, with some changes from bills that have been introduced in the past few years. This bill:

  • Allows third-party ownership of net metered projects.
  • Increases from 0.5 percent to 1 percent the cumulative generating capacity a utility is required to accept beginning January 1, 2014.
  • Raises the utility limit for aggregated net metering projects from a maximum of 100 kW to 500 kW.

Municipal utilities have expressed concern about some of the details of allowing third-party ownership, such as consumer protection issues and size of the projects, and have some concerns about the potential size of aggregated projects. A hearing was held on February 13 in the House Environment Committee, where a number of the utilities shared their concerns. AWC is working with the other utilities to address some of these issues.

Categories: Energy