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RCA to Vote on Net Metering Policy Oct. 14

After several years of consideration, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) will take long awaited action on a statewide Net Metering policy this Wednesday, October 14, 2009, in a public meeting starting at the RCA conference room in Anchorage at 9 a.m.

At this critical meeting, the RCA plans to present a net metering policy that the Commissioners will discuss and then vote on. The policy under consideration for adoption was shaped by public and utility comments and it received an unusually large and growing response from Net Metering advocates across the state of Alaska.

Persons who have an interest in the adoption of Net Metering policy in Alaska are encouraged to attend the public meeting to hear the RCA's presentation, discussion and decision on what steps will be taken to adopt a policy. The Commissioners will not entertain any new comments on Net Metering at this meeting as the public comment period has closed, however a review of the public comments recently received is anticipated prior to voting to adopt a policy.

The rapid escalation of fossil fuel prices in Alaska in recent years has encouraged utility customers to invest in their own on-site renewable energy systems to offset electricity purchased from the utility grid. However many utilities have been reluctant to allow connection of these systems to the grid and even more reluctant to offer full credit for excess electricity sent to the grid. A statewide Net Metering policy would establish a tariff rate and guidelines for stable economic investment by customers in more of these independent renewable energy systems along the Railbelt and selected other medium- to large-size utility service areas.

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