Net metering—a billing system that allows rooftop solar users to buy or sell electricity from or to their local utility companies—is unfair to traditional electricity consumers.
Because of net metering, rooftop solar users aren’t paying their fair share to help keep our electric grid up-and-running and safe. Instead, their portion of those costs is shifted to non-solar consumers.
How Does Cost Shifting Happen?
When consumers sell excess electricity to their local electric companies, they receive a credit on their electric bills.
Unfortunately, outdated net metering policies mean they often receive more credit than they deserve. This places an unfair financial burden on the rest of our state’s energy consumers, most often hurting those in our communities who can least afford it.
Rooftop solar is expensive—people need to be relatively affluent to afford installation. Those who can’t afford solar are effectively subsidizing the electricity costs of people who are much wealthier than other members of their communities.
We Stand For Energy believes that while solar power is and will continue to be an important part of our state and nation’s energy portfolio, Indiana energy policies must ensure all consumers are treated fairly, and that as we increase our solar use we do not put energy affordability or reliability at risk.