Is Net Energy Metering for Solar Power a Subsidy?

Southern California Edison (SCE) Manager of Customer Self Generation Gary Barsley said that at an important recent conference for the solar industry and the utilities interested in it, the number-one topic of conversation was net energy metering (NEM), the incentive some solar advocates call “the civil rights legislation for solar.”

Utility and solar professionals asked, Barsley said, whether there is a valid way to quantify net metering’s costs and benefits and whether they total up to a subsidy for solar system owners or a good thing for all ratepayers. “The general consensus was that there isn’t a clear answer yet,” Barsley said, “but people are really interested in finding out, because solar is going to continue to grow…. Read more

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