Utah just made state clean energy history with the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) recent ruling on Net Metering (specifically, their recent ruling on Docket No. 08-035-78 –In the Matter of the Consideration of Changes to Rocky Mountain Power’s Schedule No. 135 - Net Metering Service, issued February 12, 2009). Click here to view the docket index.
A recent Deseret News Article by Jasen Lee highlights the changes to Utah’s Net Metering: PSC order may jolt solar power usage
Thanks to the involvement and support of many stakeholders, businesses, industries, organizations, local governments, and citizens, the PSC has directed numerous changes (see below) to be made to Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) Net Metering Tariff. Utah Clean Energy would like to thank each and every one of you who got involved, submitted comments, attended long meetings, and persevered throughout the process - your participation was instrumental in demonstrating the need for progressive net metering in Utah. And it worked!
This is a tremendous victory for solar (and all renewable energy) in Utah and we are pleased to have set a new high bar for other states to follow. The PSC is expected to rule on Interconnection in the coming months, so hopefully we will have more good news to report on then.
Kudos to you all!
Key Changes to Net Metering
After the 2008 Legislature adopted revisions to Utah’s Net Metering Policy in SB 84 – Net Metering Programs, the Public Service Commission held public meetings and technical conferences to discuss the issues surrounding net metering deferred to the Commission in SB 84. The PSC issued a Request for Public Comment in September 2008 and a Public Hearing was held January 12, 2009.
The Commission received comments on the matter of net metering from over 40 businesses, citizens, local and state government officials, and public interest organizations:
Utah Division of Public Utilities, Utah Committee of Consumer Services, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Utah State Energy Program, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, Summit County Community Development Department, Renewable Energy Development Corporation, Cedar Storage Rentals, Solar Unlimited Energy & Homes, Inc., MMA Renewable Ventures, the Wasatch Clean Air Coalition, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Utah Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Utah Clean Energy, Western Resource Advocates, the Vote Solar Initiative, Intermountain CHP Application Center, Dixie Escalante Energy, Utah Solar Energy Association, Utah Association of Energy Users, Wal-Mart, Park City Municipal Corporation, Kennecott Land Company, Gold Medallion Homes, McMullin Homes, Beaver County Economic Development, City of Moab, Town of Springdale, 3form, Sharp Electronics Corporation Solar Energy Solutions Group, The Solar Alliance, Black Diamond Equipment Ltd, Petzl America, Inc., Park City Mountain Resort & Powdr Corporation, Gardner Engineering, Green Power Solutions Inc., Renewable Synergy LLC, MJH Power Consulting LLC, Director of the Utah Catholic Diocese Peace & Justice Commission, Utah United Religions Initiative, Alder Photo, and Packsize, LLC and over fifteen private citizens.