Public Service Commission Hears Public Comment on Net Metering Rules
The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) heard public comment on November 30th on a potential rule for how utility companies compensate individuals and businesses who provide surplus power to the electric grid from sources like solar. The issue has gained interest in agriculture as farms and other agriculture businesses have adopted more solar power systems for purposes of providing power to offset their electric use from the grid. For excess power generated by these types of businesses with solar systems, utilities pay for the power placed on the grid. Utility companies argue that the current pay structure is unfavorable to their interests and too favorable to those with solar panels.