LA: Changes lurking for net metering customers


Louisiana regulators have initiated a rulemaking to address potential changes to the state’s net metering rules. The Public Service Commission commenced the rulemaking in response to the determination that three utilities have reached their aggregate net metering cap under the state’s current current rules. The two-phase rulemaking will address how new customers should be compensated once a utility reaches its net metering limit, and then examine additional potential changes to Louisiana’s solar policies.

PSC Staff have proposed changes to Louisiana’s current net metering rules, and have requested comments on the proposed changes. Under the proposal, once a utility meets the aggregate cap, the utility would no longer be required to offer net metering at its retail rate. Instead, the utility would compensate customers for any excess generation at the avoided-cost rate. Significantly, the proposed rules do not explicitly protect existing customer agreements.

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