Prepared for Public Conference 40 on Distributed Energy Resources
Presentation to the Maryland Public Service Commission
By Arjun Makhijani
October 10, 2015
- There is no utility “death spiral.” Net metering does not add significant cost at low levels of distributed energy penetration and has many benefits.
- Proposals to change net metering in the near term are hasty, ill-considered, unfair, and unnecessary. Higher connection charges, being imposed in some places, are an egregious example.
- Net metering should continue and be extended to community solar in Maryland so that low-income households and others can benefit from it.
- Change in net metering should be in the context of a transition to a more resilient, distributed, emissions-free grid with open access for consumers to become producers and transparency of the grid to all parties. Grid neutrality principles, recently articulated by former FERC chairman and co-authors, should form part of the starting point.
See the full presentation here.