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Vermont Net Metering Frees Customers to Install Solar Panels

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin recently signed a new law that should help free customers of the state’s electric utilities and allow them to install solar panels on their homes.  Previous legislation mandated a cap on the state’s net metering program of 4% of a utility’s peak demand.  The new legislation increases this cap to 15%, allowing a greater number of Vermont customers...

Vermont Net Metering Program May Be Overhauled

Vermont lawmakers are striving to raise the existing cap on the state’s net metering program to match the growing demand for residential renewable energy generation.  A bill, approved by the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee last week, offers a fast-track solution ahead of larger changes expected when a federal solar tax credit expires, likely in 2017.  The proposed bill...

Vermont Coop Ordered to Stop Net Metering Program

The Vermont Public Service Department has directed Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) to suspend its net metering program after the coop attempted to change the program to limit projects to 5 kW due to an existing state cap.  The regulator determined that WEC had not been authorized to make this change and therefore must stop accepting applications.  The state legislature plans to...