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Net Meter Me in Another Load of Firewood Already: Two Quick Things Are Different About the New Solar Policy

Net Meter Me in Another Load of Firewood Already: Two Quick Things Are Different About the New Solar Policy

There are two major changes with the new approach from what we have today. They’re both related to the scenario in which you make more electricity than you use (every sensible solar install in Maine does that in the summertime, so as to store up some credits for the winter. It’s like getting your firewood … Read more about Net Meter Me in Another Load of Firewood Already: Two Quick Things Are Different About the New Solar PolicyRead more

Electrical Hangover

Electrical Hangover

There has been a lot of talk recently, in the context of our “neXt metering” solar discussion, about the problem with entering into long term energy contracts. Briefly, the proposed new approach would compensate solar producers in dollars per kilowatt hour via a 20 year contract; while net metering nets out kilowatt hours prior to … Read more about Electrical HangoverRead more

Just What Is Net Metering and Why Are We Spending So Much Time Talking About It?

Just What Is Net Metering and Why Are We Spending So Much Time Talking About It?

Solar power produced from all sources in Maine had a historic day in August 2015. Production reached 16 megawatts, or 1% of the power used in Maine. That triggered a Public Utilities Commission review of our renewable energy net metering policy, based on rules adopted in 1998 to encourage renewable energy generation at the time … Read more about Just What Is Net Metering and Why Are We Spending So Much Time Talking About It?Read more