May 10, 2013
Yesterday the Arizona Free Enterprise Club (AzFEC) released a statement on net metering, which was shared in an Americans for Prosperity Arizona blog post:
“After years of increasing energy mandates and subsidies to prop up the solar industry at the expense of ratepayers, we are pleased to see the current commission begin to reevaluate and roll back these costly programs,” [AzFEC] Executive Director Scot Mussi said. “Under net metering, offering an energy credit to solar customers for excess power that they put back on the grid is a reasonable idea in concept, as long as other ratepayers are not forced to pay more for the energy than what the market dictates. The current program, however, requires utility providers to pay several times more for this energy than what it is worth, a costly burden for all other ratepayers.”
“This is not ‘energy choice’ as the proponents would suggest, in fact it is just the opposite,” the statement continued. “We hope the commission will end this discriminatory subsidy and adopt a net metering policy that is market driven and equitable to all ratepayers.”
APS has not yet made a proposal to the Arizona Corporation Commission on how to deal with the net metering subsidy but shares the concern that rooftop solar must be fair to all customers and sustainable for the long term.