Democrats press FERC to reject anti-net metering petition

Source: BY ALEX GUILLÉN, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Twenty-one Democratic senators and House members on Tuesday wrote to FERC asking the agency to reject a petition that would effectively end the practice of solar net metering, which pays rooftop solar owners for the power they send back to the grid. The lawmakers wrote that Congress expressly gave states — not FERC — authority over net metering, and that approving the petition would give the federal agency the authority to set “rates, terms and conditions” for net metering programs active in 45 states.

The lawmakers also pressed FERC to order the New England Ratepayers Association, the group that filed the petition, to disclose its twelve anonymous donors. That shadowy group, which has refused to outline its funding sources, “operates more like a trade association, representing the interests of a select number of industry or utility players, rather than a grassroots ratepayer group that represent the public interest,” the lawmakers wrote. FERC has set a June 15 deadline for comments in the case, though multiple clean energy groups asked for more time due to the Covid-19 crisis.