State Commission Findings Influence Ongoing Net Energy Metering Valuation Debate

California’s decision to retain retail rate net metering is in stark contrast to a December 2015 decision in Nevada that changes the compensation for solar providers from retail to much lower wholesale rates and also decreases the credit solar owners receive for net excess generation. Of key interest is whether the controversial decisions – particularly in Nevada – will set precedent for other ratemaking decisions across the nation. Some states have initiated studies or opened dockets to address these issues, and others have effected changes, and critical findings across commissions will influence the outcomes in other states.