by Tom Tanton, E&E Legal Director of Science and Technology Assessment
As appearing in the Arizona Business Daily
In the midst of the controversy over Arizona’s net metering policy, one expert at the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) suggests several policy reform strategies.
“Costs that are incurred by the grid and (non-solar) customers due to net metering should not be passed on to non-solar customers,” Tom Tanton, director of Science and Technology Assessment at E&E Legal, told Arizona Business Daily recently. “Those costs should, however, be netted out with any grid benefits — e.g. less distribution costs if they occur. In other words, neither group should subsidize the other.”
Specifically, net metering allows solar customers to receive a “credit” for the electricity they send to the grid in excess of what they use. The electricity is measured by a meter installed at their homes.