As distributed generation continues its rapid expansion, these new resources will have an increasingly larger role.
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Several states are currently addressing the issue of net metering program caps, which limit the total amount of net metered generating capacity that can be installed in a state or utility service territory.
Utilities have taken on the practice of applying standby and fixed cost charges specific to solar PV for customers choosing to go solar as a means to recover costs resulting from net energy metering (NEM).
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in response to the Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (DOE SETO) Request For Information on “Net Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Energy and Innovative Solar Deployment Models”. SEIA is a very active participant on these issues in legislative and regulatory arenas in states across the country as well as in a variety of national forums.
SEIA's State Affairs team provides a preview of the latest on net energy metering (NEM) from across the U.S.
As distributed generation (DG) solar energy systems continue to become more accessible and affordable, increased adoption of these grid-energy reducing technologies is likely. SEIA proposes the following principles as a foundation for designing rates that properly value and enable a high penetration of DG, while recognizing the interests of utility shareholders and non-generating customers in a system with just and reasonable rates. Overall, SEIA asserts that these principles are consistent with the imperative of public utility commissions and energy service providers to maintain reliable, cost-effective service to all customers while protecting the right of customers to generate their own energy in a manner that provides many public benefits including environmental protection and economic development.
SEIA's guiding principles for a net metering policy.
In July 2013, the CPUC issued its annual report on the progress of the California Solar Initiative, showing that the program has installed 66 percent of its total goal, with another 19 percent reserved
Establishing interconnection to the grid is a recognized barrier to the deployment of distributed energy generation. This report compares interconnection processes for photovoltaic projects in California and Germany.