Federal Energy Regulators Stand Up for Solar

Solar panels on the roof of a barn in Falmouth, Maine. Photo: Ecophotography

July 16, 2020 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected a petition from the New England Ratepayers Association aiming to upend net metering for solar projects.

“This decision is a huge win for solar power in New England,” said Phelps Turner, CLF Senior Attorney. “The petition never should have been filed, and FERC absolutely made the right call in dismissing it. Net metering saves people money and helps slash carbon emissions, and it should not be used as a political pawn.”

CLF previously joined several partners in a filing protesting the proposed change. Net metering allows homes and businesses with solar panels to sell excess electricity back to the grid when they’re generating more than they can use.

CLF experts are available for further comment.