MS: Sweeping DG, net metering bill unveiled


Comprehensive legislation introduced in Mississippi would provide for the development of a net metering policy, interconnection procedures, and solar leasing (both by third parties and by utilities). The bill (S.B. 784) would require larger electric utilities to offer net metering for residential renewable energy systems, including solar PV systems, up to 20 kW and non-residential renewables up to 1 MW. It would also allow utilities to propose DG programs (for review and approval by the Public Service Commission), and require the PSC to adopt interconnection procedures for DG systems up to 2 MW. Currently, Mississippi is one of only four U.S. states with no net metering options available to electric customers.

This bill is has much in common with comprehensive DG legislation enacted by South Carolina (S.B. 1189) in June 2014.