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Nevada Solar Flip-Flopping

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by TheTalkingMule, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. TheTalkingMule

    TheTalkingMule Distributed Energy Enthusiast

    Oct 20, 2012
    Philadelphia, PA
    So Nevada may be the most interesting recent solar case-study. Their PUC essentially shut down the entire residential solar market in 2015/16 by killing net metering, removing grand-fathered net metering and approving punitive fees/paybacks so punitive that you'd be foolish to install a grid-tied array.

    Well fast-forward to the 2016 election and the people of Nevada spoke out quite clearly by passing a ballot initiative to break up the NV Energy monopoly. If the vote passes again in 2018, the legislature must deregulate the Nevada energy market.

    Now this week the reworked PUC has approved the return of full retail net metering for a small area of Northern Nevada which will likely lead to full retail net metering state-wide shortly. This should bridge the gap to full deregulation and Nevada should become the fastest growing solar market once again, if net metering capacity limits are high enough.

    Quite a crazy turnaround and a great illustration of what happens when people realize they're all getting screwed. Arizona next?
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