Solar advocates attack Xcel plan to define net metering costs

first_imgSolar advocates attack Xcel plan to define net metering costsClean energy supporters are assailing a plan by utility group Xcel Energy to better define the value of net metering in Colorado, which the company says would make the incentive “clear and transparent.” August 1, 2013 Edgar Meza Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share A coalition of renewable energy proponents, businesses and environmental groups in the U.S. state of Colorado is taking aim at a new proposal from utilities giant Xcel Energy that they say targets rooftop solar growth in its territory.According to a report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the group is urging the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to reject the Xcel plan in order to protect one of the state’s most significant instruments in encouraging consumer investment in solar power.According to SEIA, the utility is using a contested study that has not undergone public or commission review to make its case against the state’s successful solar policy. “The Xcel study and subsequent proposal do not fairly value the many benefits that rooftop solar delivers to Colorado,” SEIA says.Issued last week as part of Xcel’s 2014 Renewable Energy Standard (RES) compliance plan, the proposal calls for solar customers’ net costs — the benefits they receive less the costs Xcel Energy avoids as a result of their solar systems – to be clearly set forth in Xcel’s renewables fund, known as the Renewable Energy Standard Adjustment (RESA).Xcel maintains the value of the net metering incentive is not clearly identified. “Solar generation does allow the utility to avoid the cost of fuel, some future generating plant needs and some system energy losses, but other costs related to distribution, transmission and generation capacity are not avoided so they ultimately are paid for by other Xcel Energy customers in Colorado,” the company says.David Eves, president and CEO of Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel subsidiary, says the need to define the value of net metering “is becoming an issue in many states, but we believe our proposal to continue our programs, while quantifying the full value of utility incentives, will make for better future decisions about our renewable energy alternatives. As the solar industry truly moves toward becoming self-sustaining, we need to determine how to address these costs.”Xcel says it’s asking the CPUC “to identify clearly the incentives provided to solar customers associated with net metering. These net metering incentives ultimately are paid by non-solar customers across Xcel Energy’s service territory in Colorado.” The company stresses that its RES compliance plan “does not propose to change the amount of money paid to solar customers in 2014, but to make the full net metering incentive clear and transparent.”Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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