A new proposal from Arizona’s ratepayer advocate seeks to resolve the hostility between utilities and solar advocates over net energy metering.
Regulators “will look to us because their main function is to make sure residential ratepayers get fair treatment, and net metering is going to affect all ratepayers,” said Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO) Director Patrick Quinn. “We don’t lean toward the utilities or the solar installers.”
Net energy metering reduces rooftop solar owners’ utility bills by subtracting the retail value of the electricity their systems send to the grid. Utilities claim this is a cost shift to non-solar-owning ratepayers’ bills.