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Apr 09, 2017 to Apr 12, 2017
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May 02, 2017 to May 05, 2017
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May 21, 2017 to May 23, 2017
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Net metering

Good Ratemaking is Hard to Do

Especially in today’s politically charged environment

Kenneth W. Costello

Trying to use ratemaking to address an increasing number of social issues intensifies the difficulty for regulators to reach a balanced outcome. Net metering stands out as economically inefficient, unfair and a regressive cross-subsidy, essentially an implicit tax on non-solar customers.

POPS Is Here to Stay

Reports of Plain Old Power Service’s death greatly exaggerated

Steve Huntoon

The vast majority of electric consumers want reliable, clean, reasonably priced electricity, and little else.

Tale of Two Grids

What a review of PUC cases tells us about the future of consumer technology and grid modernization.

Cameron Brooks

There may be a more fundamental schism that raises fundamental questions about the role of the distribution utility and footprint of the natural monopoly.

Response to Brown Re: Net Metering

A response to the letter to the editor by Ashley Brown in our February 2016 issue.

Charles Cicchetti

Is rooftop solar more like an independent power producer, subject to societal regulation and policy, such as wholesale-level regulation or retail-level resource planning? Or is the electricity that is produced a private consumer good, immune from regulation, policy, and planning?

Net Metering Skirmishes in Hawaii, California, Mississippi, Nevada

Customer-sited solar makes it increasingly difficult for utilities to integrate excess generation and ensure all ratepayers benefit

Phil Cross

Electric utilities have petitioned their respective regulatory agencies to revise existing net metering requirements.

Response to Cicchetti/Wellinghoff Re: Net Metering

Letters to the Editor: A response to the article by Charles Cicchetti and Jon Wellinghoff in our December 2015 issue

Ashley Brown

A major mistake is the claim, under net metering, customers who generate power with rooftop solar simply “bank” or “park” their extra electricity with their utility, retaining ownership rights.

Solar Battle Lines

The fight over customer rooftops, grid funding, and net metering.

Charles J. Cicchetti and Jon Wellinghoff

Renewable customer generation is growing and regulators should let incumbent regulated monopoly businesses and interests ahead of society and competition.

Piggybacking on the Grid

Why net energy metering is unfair and inefficient.

Charles E. Bayless

While customers may have reached a “net zero” threshold on energy, they are a large net negative on very expensive grid services.

Start the Conversation

The regulator’s role in a world divided by distributed generation.

Hon. Sherina E. Maye

A state utility commissioner urges her colleagues to begin planning now for distributed generation – before it’s too late.

Rent the Rooftop

A new front opens in the solar wars.

Bruce W. Radford

Has Arizona Public Service found a way to cheat the death spiral?

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