Arkansas PSC Hears Testimony On State’s Net-Metering Policy

Arkansas utility regulators heard more than seven hours of testimony on Thursday (Nov. 30) before an overflow crowd at the downtown headquarters of the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to determine appropriate rates and terms for net metering contracts for rooftop solar installations and other distributed renewable energy systems.

The all-day hearing in the standing-room only PSC meeting room began with opening testimony by the two opposing “working groups” that were convened nearly two years ago to study the costs and benefits of net metering under PSC docket 16-027-R by state utility regulators under Act 827 of 2015.

The biggest surprise from the Thursday’s hearing was an appearance by Act 827 sponsor Rep. Stephen Meeks, R-Greenbrier, who testified during the public comment period that he was encouraged by the robust debate on the legislation that he pushed through the General Assembly two years ago.   MORE

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