Net metering was a simple and appropriate rate mechanism when the solar industry was in its infancy and consumer-installed PV panels were relatively uncommon. But as policies and incentives enticed increasing numbers of home owners and businesses to adopt solar, the growing penetration of these resources onto the grid has resulted in some uncomfortable balancing acts among utilities, customers, regulators, solar providers and other stakeholders.
The question for utilities is no longer if solar penetration will become significant enough to revise their business model. Rather, it is how to facilitate this expanding consumer adoption and development of solar, while fairly recovering the costs associated with the grid or system adjustments required to absorb these distributed solar generation resources. The most widely-adopted remedy for addressing this economic balancing act continues to be net-metering. Though this seemingly revenue-neutral mechanism has proven to be a "winning" regulatory approach nationwide for consumer and many solar development interests, it has not necessarily been a perfect solution for utilities or all ratepayers. The consequences of allowing the consumer's meter to run "backwards" and sell energy back to the grid has brought on two gripes: 1) that the revenue of utilities and load-serving entities is being reduced, while the unrecoverable costs to service this non-traditional form of generation are multiplied, and 2) there is a growing recognition that this can cause some economic inequities among ratepayers.
The objective of this conference is to explore rate structures that facilitate meeting solar development goals for adoption, while striking a balance among all solar development stakeholders. The program will bring together utilities, solar energy developers, regulators, consumer interests and other interested parties to examine the options for solar policy, rate recovery and incentive structures.
Early Bird Rate: USD 1195.00
Speakers: Arizona Public Service, Southern California Edison, Excel Energy, Austin energy, We Energies,