- Lack of enough notification to intimate public about considerable changes to net metering program cited led to rejection
- The audacious decision is said to favor all customers in Idaho.
The Idaho Public utilities Commission has quashed a proposal to modify the way solar power generators are paid for their powers. The proposal to modify net metering have changed how Idaho Power Co. customers are reimbursed for the solar power they produce and put into the grid. The proposed agreement was overseen in October by Idaho power, seven entities and utilities commission staff.
Shedding light on net metering, officials stated that the metering records the amount of power produced by a home power producer in line with the amount the home consumes. The December 20 order of the Idaho commission declined the settlement agreement in the wake of inadequate record created from the settlement proceedings to underpin the proposal.
Besides, the commission was quoted saying rejection of the settlement had much to do with the lack of enough notification to intimate public about considerable changes to net metering program of Idaho power.
According to several reports, the PUC in a May 2018 order stated that the current payment method led home power producers to underpay their share of fixed costs in Idaho Power and would boost immorality with large installation of solar power.
There are more than 4,379 solar installations in Idaho which provides 3.52% of the state’s power, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Apparently, the audacious decision is said to favor all customers in Idaho.
About the Idaho Public Utilities Commission
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has quasi-judicial and quasi-legislative, along with executive powers and duties. While complaints are heard and decided in quasi-judicial mode, rates are set and rules governing utility operations are made. The PUC enforces federal and state regulations safeguarding the transportation of harmful materials by rail.