AR: New proposal would water down net metering


Legislation has been introduced in Arkansas (H.B. 1004) that would dilute the state’s net metering policy. Currently, any excess net metering credits generated by a customer are carried forward to the next month at a rate equal to the full retail value. H.B. 1004 would require monthly reconciliation of net metering credits at the utility’s avoided-cost rate, minus a transmission fee. H.B. 1004 would also require utilities to meter, bill and credit separately each net-metered system even if one or more of the systems are under common ownership. However, net-metered customers would be allowed to assign credits from one facility to a bill associated with a separate meter location under common ownership.