Utah Commission Raises Credits for Net Metering

February 23, 2009

Utah's Public Service Commission has raised the amount of credit that owners of solar panels and wind turbines will receive when they provide power to the electricity grid using net metering. The move is expected to increase participation in the state's net metering program.

Utah has required the state's power companies to offer net metering since 2002, but few customers have taken advantage of it. Rocky Mountain Power, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp and the utility that serves most of Utah, estimates that only about 300 customers had requested net metering as of mid-February.

The commission's ruling increases the credit from $0.0515/kilowatt-hour (kWh) to $0.0775/kWh for power produced in the winter and $0.085/kWh for electricity produced in the summer. The new credits go into effect April 1, 2009, and are expected to boost participation in the net metering program.

For more information, see the commission's February 12 ruling (PDF 65 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Utah, see: