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- Kentucky legislators on Thursday approved rolling back net metering for solar customers, to the disappointment of solar advocates and environmentalists in the state.
- Senate Bill 100 limits customer choice, the environmentalists argue, while Kentucky utilities say net metering unfairly shifts costs to non-solar customers, echoing a countrywide debate over solar rates. The bill also would allow the Public Service Commission to determine credit amounts for solar via utility-claimed costs rather than kWh value, another frustration of solar advocates according to Lane Boldman, executive director of the Kentucky Conservation Committee.
- The Kentucky bill contrasts with two wins for lowering barriers to solar deployment last week in Maine and Arkansas. In both states, bills had the backing of business and ratepayer advocates in favor of eliminating market barriers, such as net metering, third party financing and project size caps, all of which now exist in Kentucky solar laws. [full article]