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By Glen Andersen

The rapid growth of distributed solar power resources, such as rooftop solar, is creating challenges for states and utilities as they determine how to compensate homeowners and businesses that send solar power out onto the grid.

Worker installs rooftop solarIn many states this topic has become a contentious issue that challenges traditional regulatory approaches, rate design and the utility/customer relationships.

While policymakers, regulators, solar owners and utilities debate the role of consumers that seek to produce their own energy, a variety of solutions are being considered.

The Future of Distributed Solar Energy, an NCSL webinar at 2 p.m. ET, Thursday, June 23, will  explore these challenges and potential solutions.

Topics will include community solar, utility and third-party ownership, net metering, fixed charges and distributed solar valuation approaches.

Presenters will include:

  • Autumn Proudlove from North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, who is tracking actions on this issue across the nation
  • Carl Linvill from the Regulatory Assistance Project, who is working on solutions to these challenges
  • Commissioner Nancy Lange from the Minnesota Public Utility Commission, who is addressing the distributed solar compensation issue in Minnesota.

You can register here. 

Glen Andersen is a program director in NCSL's Environment, Energy and Transportation program.

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