NV: Legislature to consider changes to net-metering policy
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada has approved the final version of a study (Docket 13-07010) analyzing the costs and benefits of the state’s net-metering policy, and sent the report to the state legislature. Although the report ascribes a relatively small portion of NEM’s costs to non-participants (while forecasting benefits in some years), the PUCN has asked the legislature for the flexibility to make rate-design modifications in response to evolving market conditions on behalf of NEM participants and non-participants. Specifically, the PUCN recommended modifying a section of Nevada’s NEM law that, among other things, prohibits the imposition of standby charges and other charges on NEM customers. The PUCN also recommended that residential NEM customers be exempted from another section of the NEM law which prohibits utilities from switching such customers to mandatory time-of-use rates.