The Department of Energy Resources (DOER), Massachusetts utility companies and solar campaign groups gathered to discuss a compromise to the long-running net metering dispute in the state.
The basis of an agreement, currently being reviewed by the Joint Committee on Telecom, Utilities and Energy Committee for potential transition into legislation, focused on four main points.
The first component centres around removing Massachusetts’ net metering cap, which limits the total amount of customers in the Bay State that can use the policy.
Another topic dealt with establishing minimum bills for all customers. Creating a minimum floor for all consumer electric bills would curb the practice of targeting specific groups with additional fees.
The final points revolve around both replacing the Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) program with a more secure and effective incentive framework and establishing a long-term program for virtual net metering, which focuses on PV energy that is generated at a separate location from consumers’ electric meters.
At a meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston on Wednesday, The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) was among the solar advocacy groups present.
Bryan Miller, TASC president and Sunrun vice president of public policy, said: "While high-pitched battles between utilities and the solar industry continue across the country, Massachusetts has found a collaborative path forward. This precedential language is consistent with Massachusetts' long history of leadership and innovation."