Utilities across the country are grappling with a changing energy landscape as technologies like rooftop solar grow in popularity. In addition to Utah's largest utility, Rocky Mountain Power's proposed changes to net metering rates, several local governments with municipal utilities have been reviewing their own net metering policies with mixed results. As your voice for clean enery solutions, Utah Clean Energy has been working with local governments and municipal utilities to develop net metering policies that encourage more clean, solar energy. Below is a roundup of all the changes underway within Utah's local utilities.
Resources for Municipal Utilities
Utah Clean Energy and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)®, a leading expert on the evolution of the power sector, have led a series of workshops to help municipal utilities and local policymakers understand and address the growth of rooftop solar technologies. Slides from each workshop are available for download.
Workshop #1: Grid Impacts of Distributed Solar:
Workshop #2: Solar Valuation and Cost/Benefit Analyses:
Workshop #3: Rate Design Issues with Solar:
These workshops are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.
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Bountiful City has implemented a Feed in Tariff (FIT) for new solar customers. Also known as a "buy-all, sell-all" arrangement, a FIT requires rooftop solar customers to sell all of the electricity they produce to the utility. In this case, Bountiful solar residents must to purchase electricity from the utility at the retail rate, and sell the solar energy produced by their system at a reduced rate. The FIT took effect June 1, 2017.
- The new rates are as follows
- Midnight – noon: 4 cents / kWh
- Noon – 4PM: 6 cents / kWh
- 4PM – Midnight: retail rate (9.25 cents / kWh)