ConsumerGram: The Unintended Consequences of Net Metering

On the surface, the concept of promoting rooftop solar energy seems like a good idea: homeowners are incentivized to buy or lease solar panels; they benefit from reduced reliance on the local utility for electricity; they benefit directly from clean solar energy; and they sell any excess power to the electric utility for credit or payment. The subsidies, in theory, make solar energy an affordable alternative for consumers. But, that is not the whole story. As this ConsumerGram shows, net metering can produce many unintended consequences that lead to higher costs for consumers.

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One thought on “ConsumerGram: The Unintended Consequences of Net Metering

  1. If common sense existed in energy policy, the article which reports the obvious would not be newsworthy.

    If the government rests its sovereign thumb on the scales of commerce, price structures will warp, and that attracts thieves. No green energy scheme is cost effective; otherwise the utilities would fund them is search of profits. The sole option, is that you pay for my light bill ( a cost shift). Or my grand kids must pay for my light bill. This was a good idea in years gone past but the bill is now due and unsophisticated people are waking up. The money goes into the wrong pockets, which was not the deal.

    The sole counter argument, from the greenies, is that yes we cheat but the utilities cheat more.

    Maybe there is a better way?

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