DECA comments on calculating the California Net Energy Metering cap

Yesterday DECA filed comments at the California Public Utilities Commission on the calculation of the 5% cap on the amount of Net Energy Metering resources allowed in the state. Net Energy Metering (or NEM as it’s called by policy wonks and folks in the industry) is what allows owners of distributed generation (for example solar on your roof at home) to sell electricity that you are not not using back to the utility. It’s a hugely important policy for reducing the cost of ownership for DG systems for DECA members. DECA’s comments were pretty straightforward: 1) When calculating the 5% cap, the utilities shouldn’t be focused on the single moment when electricity use is the highest, but rather they should add every individual user’s highest load. Not surprisingly this results in a higher aggregate load and therefore more NEM that is authorized. 2) Be sure you are counting the reduction in load caused by resources that are behind the meter, meaning resources that are making electricity that is being used on site or being exported to the grid. If the utilities fail to count the load that they don’t see there will be less NEM allowed on the grid than the statute permits.
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