“The beneficiaries of net metering at the end of the day are generally well-off suburban companies. The people burdened by net metering at the end of the day are generally small businesses, multi-family tenants, and those who don't own their homes or don't have adequate credit.”
Jim Hughes, First Solar CEO (retired)
Greentech Media – July 6, 2016
"The evidence that was presented was pretty clear... that there was a cost shift occurring and we made a rate design to eliminate that cost shift."
Paul Thomsen, Nevada Public Utilities Commission chairman
Utility Dive – April 28, 2015
"We believe now is the time to bring the NEM program to a close and transition to a more fair and equitable rate structure."
Mina Morita and Marco Mangelsdorf (Hawaii)
Greentech Media – July 6, 2015
"Costs avoided by households that install distributed solar generation are shifted to utility shareholders and/or other customers. Recovering distribution costs through a system of network charges that is more reflective of cost causation and that avoids the current direct dependence on electricity consumption would remove the extra subsidy and prevent this cost shifting."
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers
The Future of Solar Energy – May 2015
“It seems clear that if we are to capture the full value of solar DG [distributed generation], net metering must be discarded and replaced with a market-based pricing system that values the resource appropriately and includes incentives for making it more efficient over the long run.”
Ashley Brown and Jillian Bunyan
The Electricity Journal – December 2014
“The (net metering) payment relieves the panel owner of all the other costs of electricity – maintaining capacity for hours when the sun does not shine, and moving the electricity from the producer to the consumer, all wrapped into the retail rate that consumers traditionally paid, and that now the utility pays the panel owner.”
Matthew L. Wald
New York Times – Oct. 8, 2014
“Smart rates that include fixed cost recovery through fixed charges for the pricing of a utility’s monopoly services assure that safe, reliable and high quality grid services continue to be available at the most reasonable cost for consumers.”
H. Edwin Overcast, Ph.D.
Black & Veatch management consulting director
Utility Dive – March 10, 2015
"It is, literally, a national conversation about net metering and cost shifting and rate design, and we're kind of past the point where the issue really respects state borders, and we're at the point where each individual action on the state level … has something of a precedential quality."
Keyes Fox & Wiedman LLP
Solar Power International Conference – October 2014
“As long as solar customers share that grid, they should pay their fair share of maintaining that grid. It is fundamentally fair.”
The Arizona Republic – Feb. 24, 2015
Consumers "want choice, but we want to make sure customers at the upper-income bracket are not being subsidized by non-rooftop customers. Utilities are not afraid of competition, but if you're using the grid, you need to pay for it.”
Edison Electric Institute
CNBC – Oct. 12, 2014
"Isn’t the obvious solution to adjust this practice so it’s equitable to everyone?"
Forbes – Nov. 28, 2014
“While the policies meant to support the growth of renewable energy sources like rooftop solar should never harm the poorest among us, unfortunately some of those policies are amplifying our nation’s inequality problem.”
Ruben Strategy Group LLC
Fox News Latino – Dec. 22, 2014
A National Discussion