PSE Files Formal Request to Extend Net Metering
On December 20, 2023, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) filed a tariff revision request with the Washington Utility and Trade Commission (UTC) to formally commit to providing full retail rate net metering “to Customers that have applied for interconnection of a new or modified Net Metering System until December 31, 2025, or when a replacement Net Metering schedule is in place for new Net Metered Customers, whichever is later.”
This action by PSE is significant as it provides the transparency and assurance potential solar adopters need to make informed decisions about their solar investments over the next two years. It also helps to protect potential solar adopters from unscrupulous marketing tactics employed by non-local companies seeking to take advantage of the strong interest in solar energy. Additionally, it provides vital information to the solar industry, aiding in crucial business and workforce development decisions, thereby helping to keep small businesses and living wage jobs alive all around our state.
Furthermore, PSE has made a commitment to work in good faith with the solar industry and other stakeholders to identify the most suitable successor net metering tariff. They have also pledged to provide consumers with reasonable advance notice prior to any changes away from retail rate net metering. Moreover, individuals with approved net metering interconnection agreements will be given sufficient time to complete their projects.
Fire Mountain Solar applauds PSE for taking this important step, which demonstrates a commendable level of collaboration and partnership from a utility company towards the solar industry. We highly appreciate PSE’s acknowledgement of their customers’ desire to have the opportunity to generate their own electricity, as well as be fairly compensated for the benefits they bring to the grid. Moreover, we are thankful for PSE’s support of local installers like ourselves by providing the information we need to make well-informed business choices. Finally, we are grateful for how this initiative helps our industry combat the efforts of certain out-of-state entities that employ deceptive tactics to coerce consumers into making significant purchasing decisions based on misinformation.