Cahill Energized Over Public Service Commission Net Metering Decision

PSC Orders Substantial Expansion of Net Metering for Central Hudson Customers
October 18, 2007

Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) announced today that the Public Service Commission has ordered Central Hudson to raise the cap on how much electricity generated by homes with solar installations can be sold back to the grid in return for credits on their utility bill.

Mr. Cahill, a co-sponsor of the comprehensive net metering expansion bill (A.8690) that passed the Assembly this year, advocated strongly for the PSC to raise the cap in the Central Hudson service territory. The PSC ordered the utility to raise the net metering limit from 1.8 MW to 10 MW, well beyond the initial request of 3 MW filed by Sustainable Hudson Valley and New York Solar Energy Industries Association.

“Net metering is a critical incentive for people considering investing in solar energy systems for their homes,” said Assemblymember Cahill. “While we still need to examine all the details of the order, the PSC’s decision certainly speaks volumes about the future direction of energy policy in New York State, in particular our commitment to clean, renewable power. However, I continue to be concerned about any discussion of that would allow Central Hudson to shift the burden of potential revenue losses onto the backs of ratepayers.”

“We believe this is a very encouraging development that will allow the mid-Hudson Valley to move ahead in expanding its uptake of renewable power, benefiting not only residents but the region’s innovation economy. The more we can build markets for solar energy, the more we can

create the green collar jobs that will stabilize and grow our economy,” said Melissa Everett, Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley.

"Every public opinion poll done on solar energy confirms consumers want more solar. The PSC decision to raise the net metering limit for Central Hudson from its current 1.8 MW to the new 10 MW is very, very exciting news – far beyond what we expected. The PSC is sending an important signal that New York State is open for business – solar energy business – and utilities need to do their part to help consumers benefit from this clean renewable energy source,” said Christine Donovan, Executive Vice President of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association.

“The solar economy is thriving in the Hudson Valley and the imminent arrival of the Solar Energy Consortium promises to turn the region into a hot spot for the industry’s expansion,” said Mr. Cahill. “The expansion of net metering will have an enormous long term economic benefit in terms of promoting the Hudson Valley as a hub for solar innovation and development.”