Demand charge on PV system owners struck down in Wisconsin

first_imgDemand charge on PV system owners struck down in WisconsinA local judge has overturned a demand charge on PV system owners in the territory of utility We Energies, as the latest victory for solar advocates. October 30, 2015 Christian Roselund Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share Only two days after New Mexico regulators threw out a plan by utilities to increase charges on PV system owners under a separate rate structure, solar advocates have won another victory in Wisconsin.Today the Dane County Circuit Court in Wisconsin struck down a portion of a ruling by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission that modified the economics of owning PV systems under net metering in multiple ways. This included a US$3.79 per kW per month charge on PV system owners, an increase in fixed fees on all customers, and a move from wholesale to retail rate for excess electricity generated by customer PV systems.These charges together represented perhaps the most regressive discriminatory changes to PV compensation to date, in a state that had only a very small residential solar market.Judge Peter Anderson struck down the per-kW demand charge. 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