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SB 78 attacks solar energy development in Montana by mandating changes to rules that are currently set by the experts at the Public Service Commission (PSC), including:
  • Mandating net metering credits be valued at avoided cost. “Avoided cost” is a specific ratemaking method that was designed for use with large, centralized power plants that remain in one location on the grid. In contrast, distributed energy resources like net metered rooftop solar systems are distributed in thousands of places around the grid. In particular, there is value created for the grid – and all ratepayers – by this locational distribution that “avoided cost” does not capture, making it an inappropriate method for calculating net metering rates.
  • Mandating a new rate class for net metering utility customers. Creating a new rate class is uncommon and determining whether one should be created is a highly technical decision. This decision is best left to experts at the Public Service Commission.

This bill also discriminates against net metering customers by double charging them for utility infrastructure. The bill would add a new, separate fee on net metering customers aimed at covering utility infrastructure costs, but these customers already pay for this cost in the rates paid for energy purchased from the utility. Net metering customers would be paying twice for infrastructure.

 

6 Responses to " Attack on Net Metering Rates "

  1. […] development, including pushing numerous anti-wind and solar pieces of legislation (SB 7, SB 32, SB 78, SB 102, SB […]

  2. […] SB 78 (Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell) attacks solar energy development in Montana by mandating changes to rules set by Public Service Commission experts. It would mandate net metering credits be valued at avoided cost, a highly technical determination. It discriminates against net metering customers by adding a new, separate fee on net metering customers ostensibly to cover utility infrastructure costs. These customers already pay this cost in the rates paid for energy purchased from the utility. Net metering customers would pay twice for infrastructure. This bill will be heard on March 8th by the House Energy Committee. Contact committee members and ask them to vote no. […]

  3. […] SB 78 (Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell) attacks solar energy development in Montana by mandating changes to rules set by Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) experts. It would mandate net metering credits be valued at “avoided cost,” a specific valuation method that would prevent the PSC from using its expertise to set rates. It discriminates against net metering customers by adding a new, separate fee ostensibly to cover utility infrastructure costs. These customers already pay this cost. Net metering customers would pay twice for infrastructure. This bill has a hearing in the House Energy, Technology, and Federal Relations Committee on Wed., March 8th. […]

  4. […] Use the tool on the right to tell the House energy committee to reject this bad bill, as well as SB 78, another bad net metering bill. […]

  5. […] the House energy committee on SB 201, SB 7, and SB 78 today and ask them to vote NO on these bad clean energy bills. You can click on the bills linked […]

  6. […] SB 78 (Sen. Keith Regier, R–Kalispell) would have fundamentally changed the economics of net-metered systems by lowering the compensation rate for any electricity put back on the grid (electricity that NorthWestern Energy turns around and sells to other customers at full retail value). […]

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