In a hard-fought victory for the solar industry, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission has voted to reinstate full retail rate net metering for solar customers in northern Nevada after terminating it last year. Last year, the PUC chose to end the state’s retail net metering program –which credited solar customers at the retail rate for any excess energy they sent back to the grid – and replaced it with lower rates and higher fees. The decision, however, prompted two leading solar developers to leave the state, which led the governor to form an energy task force and not reappoint two commissioners. The PUC also said the average Nevada ratepayer will actually see a decrease of $0.01 per month on their monthly utility bills, making the argument by utilities that net metering adds costs for nonsolar customers moot.
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