Net Metering

Vermont's public utility regulators plan to review the net metering rule for renewable energy programs.

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A number of groups gathered across New York Tuesday to sound off on the state’s policy of valuing solar energy. They’re calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to intervene and give solar projects another option, and stem the tide of community solar projects that they say will be left in the dark.

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Local elected officials in Ulster County and a citizens group are among those calling on the New York state Public Service Commission to retain the net metering compensation model for future community renewable projects. They held a press conference Tuesday in Kingston saying net metering is important to their business models.

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In April 2014, the Vermont Legislature required the Vermont Public Service Board establish a revised net-metering program for consumers using renewable energy.  Since November of that year the Board has been gathering input and drafting rules.  The revisions, released at the beginning of this month, are raising concerns from environmental and energy advocates in Vermont.

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There’s a new partnership weighing in with a proposal for changing the compensation model for solar net metering. It includes a number of New York utilities and national solar companies.

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The Massachusetts legislature recessed formal sessions for the year earlier this week without renewing a solar power incentive program.  It leaves many solar power projects across the state in limbo.

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An environmental advocacy organization is campaigning in Massachusetts to drum up public support for ending restrictions on a solar power incentive program.

Dozens of solar power projects in Massachusetts have stalled because limits have been reached on a program that compensates the owners of large solar arrays, according to an activist, a Co-op Power company executive, and a municipal official who spoke Tuesday on the steps of Springfield City Hall.

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A new Vermont law makes it easier for small power producers to sell any excess electricity they produce.

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The chairman of the Vermont House Natural Resources and Energy Committee says he's hopeful it will be smooth sailing for a bill that could nearly quadruple the amount of renewable energy the state gets from utility customers who use "net metering."

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The Vermont House has advanced legislation expanding a popular program allowing property owners to generate their own electricity and sell some of it back to their utilities.

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The Washington Electric Cooperative, a small utility in Vermont, has announced that it will set limits on net metering systems. That has raised concerns from advocacy groups who say such a move could discourage development of solar installations.