Duke Energy asks SC Public Service Commission to revive net metering

Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) hit its 2% net metering cap for the year in early July. Now, the utility has requested that the SC Public Service Commission revive net metering in DEC territory until a permanent solution can be worked out.

Below is a press release from Ryan Mosier at Duke Energy:

Collaboration brought us a successful solar law in Act 236, policy that has been overwhelmingly successful in growing the renewable energy marketplace in South Carolina.

That collaboration continues as we move through the next steps of growing renewables in the communities we serve. The Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) has brought a diverse group of stakeholders to the table to address some of the issues that were raised during the last session of the General Assembly.

In the interest of furthering collaboration on energy policy issues for South Carolina, Duke Energy along with a number of solar stakeholders seeks to extend the Duke Energy Carolinas net energy metering program for a limited time, through March 15, 2019. This extension will allow time for the development of long-term recommendations through the ORS-led collaborative process and for legislative consideration of any consensus recommendations, including any recommendations related to future net metering policies or programs.

We believe this temporary extension of net metering will provide consistency and certainty for customers and the renewable energy industry in South Carolina while Duke Energy and other interested stakeholders develop recommendations for consensus, common-sense policies that are fair and balance the interests of all who call South Carolina home: solar providers, energy companies, and customers who use solar energy–and those who do not.

Duke Energy Carolinas is the utility that primarily serves the Upstate of South Carolina. Duke Energy–the utility serving the northeastern part of the state including Florence and Darlington–is not expected to reach net metering limits until 2020 or later.

Read Duke’s letter requesting the NEM Program Extension here.

News item from Duke Energy

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