FERC Won't Jump Into Residential Solar Power Oversight

Law360 (July 16, 2020, 4:56 PM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday rejected a controversial petition urging it to assert exclusive jurisdiction over state programs that pay homeowners for solar power they generate and put on the grid, saying there was no reason for the agency to act now.

A group known as the New England Ratepayers Association wanted FERC to find that "behind the meter" electricity sales — currently treated as retail electricity sales and priced by state utility regulators in programs known as net metering — are wholesale power sales subject to FERC's exclusive jurisdiction. The group also wanted FERC to declare any state retail net...

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