In December 2015, the Nevada Public Utility Commission approved a new tariff structure that increases fixed charges and lowers compensation for net excess generation for new and existing solar customers. After considerable backlash, the Commission announced it would reconsider grandfathering existing solar customers who are currently under previous net metering tariffs.
Net metering tariffs are a divisive issue in many states and attempts to address them have proven difficult. Up until now, a big change like the one proposed in Nevada has often been accompanied by a provision to grandfather solar customers under existing net energy metering tariffs. This proposed change is an important test of what constitutes “fairness”: for non-solar customers who are seen by some as cross-subsidizing net metered customers and for solar customers who may have invested under the perception, but not guarantee, of a long-term deal. With a large solar market and high-profile case, the Nevada Public Utility Commission would be among the first if it choose not to grandfather existing solar customers under the previous net metering tariffs.
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