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States Wrestle with Making Net Metering More Equitable

California has blown open a debate about net metering and whether some rollbacks might be needed to ensure a more equitable and resilient grid.

For those in the sustainability industry, getting net metering policies adopted has been hard fought—and looking back, generally hard won. Net metering (the practice in which utilities credit customers for the excess electricity generated by their solar panels that’s sent to the grid) is currently in place in 41 states and it is “consistently recognized as a foundational policy to support the growth of a distributed solar marketplace,” according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

In the initial fight for net metering, there seemed to be good guys and bad guys, Karina Hershberg of PAE Engineers told BuildingGreen. “Early in my career, I thought there were the progressive utilities that were allowing it and others that were blocking it purely because they were looking out for their own interest.”

Published October 4, 2021

Pearson, C. (2021, September 20). States Wrestle with Making Net Metering More Equitable. Retrieved from