Utah Enacts Net Metering Legislation, Avoiding Customer Penalties
On March 25th, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 208 into law, which makes minimal changes to Utah’s grade-A net metering policy. As originally introduced, the bill contained language referencing cost-shifting among customer classes, mandated a fee for net metering customers, and allowed the Utah Public Service Commission to implement the fee without considering the grid benefits of net-metered systems.
The bill received a wealth of attention from environmental groups, industry advocates, and the media, and was soon amended to simply allow the Commission to determine a fee, credit, or other ratemaking structure after conducting a cost-benefit analysis of net-metered systems.
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