FERC dismisses NERA net metering petition in unanimous verdict

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email
Image: Steakpinball.

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has dismissed a petition which called for US net metering policies to be brought under federal jurisdiction.

All four commissioners – Neil Chatterjee, Richard Glick, Bernard McNamee and James Danly – rejected the petition to form a unanimous verdict in what constitutes a major victory for the residential solar sector.

This article requires Premium SubscriptionBasic (FREE) Subscription

Unlock unlimited access for 12 whole months of distinctive global analysis

Photovoltaics International is now included.

  • Regular insight and analysis of the industry’s biggest developments
  • In-depth interviews with the industry’s leading figures
  • Unlimited digital access to the PV Tech Power journal catalogue
  • Unlimited digital access to the Photovoltaics International journal catalogue
  • Access to more than 1,000 technical papers
  • Discounts on Solar Media’s portfolio of events, in-person and virtual

Or continue reading this article for free

In delivering their verdict, which can be read in full here, chairman Chatterjee considered the request made by the New England Ratepayers Association did not meet a threshold for requiring a declaratory order.

The petition, launched in April, called for net metering protocols to be overseen by federal rather than state authorities. It lobbied FERC to intervene against state-level net metering incentives for domestic solar installs, branding them “among the least efficient forms of renewable generation”. If successful, it would have paved the way for blanket decisions over the future of net metering to be made.

It was widely regarded as an attack on renewable generation and last month SEIA slammed the potential move as an “unlawful federal power grab” and an “unjustified intrusion into a State’s sovereign authority”.

It was also widely unpopular with the legal profession, and 15 attorneys general in the US called upon FERC to quash the request.  

Commenting on yesterday’s verdict, SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper applauded FERC’s decision to dismiss the “flawed” petition.

“As the leader of a coalition of conservative groups, solar advocates, state regulators and elected officials from both sides of aisle in opposition to this petition, SEIA applauds FERC’s unanimous decision to dismiss this flawed petition.  

“We are grateful to the state utility commissions and many other partners who strongly opposed this petition. We will continue working in the states to strengthen net metering policies to generate more jobs and investment, and we will advocate for fair treatment of solar at FERC where it has jurisdiction,” she said.

8 October 2024
San Francisco Bay Area, USA
PV Tech has been running an annual PV CellTech Conference since 2016. PV CellTech USA, on 8-9 October 2024 is our second PV CellTech conference dedicated to the U.S. manufacturing sector. The event in 2023 was a sell out success and 2024 will once again gather the key stakeholders from PV manufacturing, equipment/materials, policy-making and strategy, capital equipment investment and all interested downstream channels and third-party entities. The goal is simple: to map out PV manufacturing in the U.S. out to 2030 and beyond.

Read Next

May 28, 2024
US solar project company Pine Gate Renewables has signed an environmental asset purchase agreement (EAPA) with the social media giant Meta for a 204MW solar PV project in Temple, Texas.
May 28, 2024
The European Council has adopted the EU’s Net-Zero Industry Act as the EU looks to bolster its clean energy manufacturing industries.
May 24, 2024
Ørsted has closed a US$680 million tax equity financing with JP Morgan for a solar project, alongside a solar-plus-storage project.
May 24, 2024
US power distribution company Entergy Louisiana has received approval from the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) to add up to 3GW of solar PV.
May 24, 2024
US independent power producer Pivot Energy and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian have partnered to build 60MW of community solar in Illinois, US.
May 23, 2024
Spanish firm Acciona Energía has commissioned its 458WM Red-Tailed Hawk PV project in the US state of Texas.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
May 29, 2024
11am (EDT) / 5pm (CEST)
Solar Media Events
June 4, 2024
London, UK
Upcoming Webinars
June 11, 2024
3:00 PM (BST) / 4:00 PM (CEST)
Solar Media Events
July 2, 2024
Athens, Greece