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June 25 Webinar to Explore Net Metering

June 18, 2014 - 12:45pm


Webinar Sponsor: DOE Office of Indian Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Tribal Energy Program, and the Western Area Power Administration (Western) will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Net Metering, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar will focus on the services provided by utility net metering and their importance in making projects cost effective.

Many states have net metering laws with which utilities must comply. In states without such legislation, utilities may offer net-metering programs voluntarily or as a result of regulatory decisions.  As a result, the way net-metering is implemented often varies widely from state to state. This webinar will explore some of those differences and their impacts on renewable energy development, up-front costs, and return on investment.

Drawing on real-world net-metering examples and case histories, presenters will  give an overview of how facilities that generate their own electricity from renewable energy sources can feed electricity they do not use back into the grid.

Lori Bird, Senior Market and Policy Impact Analyst at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will lead off with an introduction to net metering and how it is applied across the country, including: 

  • Utility net-metering requirements
  • Consumers’ net-metering eligibility
  • Connection fees, credits, roll-overs, settlements, and other accounting procedures
  • Differences between states’ net-metering policies.

Guest speakers Patrick McCulley, CEO, Black Rock Solar, and Lenny Gold, Principal, Utility Strategies Consulting Group LLC, will round out the discussion with insights into net metering from the industry and utility perspectives.  McCulley will share experiences and lessons learned from his work developing net-metering agreements between utilities and Tribes in Nevada. Gold will address how utilities develop net-metering policies that encourage participation and protect the interests of utility customers as a whole.

There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required. Register for the webinar

See the full list of 2014 tribal renewable energy webinars.