Rutledge Urges Arkansas Public Service Commission to Pursue a Balanced Net Metering Pricing Policy
November 30, 2017
Says ‘the current credit structure would provide financial benefits for net metering customers on the backs of hardworking Arkansans’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced she is recommending a net metering rule change to the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Net metering is a bill credit that customers may receive if they have a distributed energy system, such as rooftop solar energy, which generates excess energy. That excess energy can subsequently be put back into the overall electrical system for all customers.
“I support the individual use of rooftop solar and other renewable technologies, but urge the commission to set a bill credit rate using the same methods it uses to set utility rates for all customers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The changes I recommend are designed to avoid placing an undue burden on other electricity customers. Continuing the current credit structure would provide financial benefits for net metering customers on the backs of hardworking Arkansans who cannot or do not install individual use renewable technologies. This rule change must reflect rates that are fair to all customers.”
Since 2001 the Arkansas legislature has encouraged individual-use renewable technologies, like solar panels, wind turbines or other self-generation systems. In 2016, the legislature amended the law to allow the Public Service Commission to determine the level of the bill credit such customers should receive for the excess electricity generated.