Changes ahead for how green energy system owners paid for surplus power


State changes to how owners of small-scale solar and other renewable power systems are paid for supplying surplus power to the grid drew mixed reviews from alternative energy advocates on Friday.

On Thursday, the state Public Service Commission voted to replace the long-standing “net metering” system, where solar, wind and fuel cell owners are paid retail prices for surplus power by their local utility. The commission replaced this with a new “distributed energy” program where payments will be recalculated periodically by utilities based on a variety of factors, including location and environmental benefits.

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