National Net Metering Bill Introduced in the House
Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would establish a national standard for net metering, Solar Industry Magazine reported. The bill, entitled the Americans Making Power Act, would allow Americans to feed back into the grid excess renewable power they generate through homes and small businesses. It also seeks to improve the reliability of the nation's electric grid by encouraging a more diffuse means of energy production.
Rep. Inslee's office offered more details on the bill in a press release:
The AMP Act addresses two main issues associated with a robust net metering policy; namely the actual net metering standard and a policy component designed to allow for the connection of a renewable energy system to the electric grid, also known as "interconnection." The AMP Act would accomplish this by modifying section 113 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978. While some 42 states have already adopted some form of net metering and/or interconnection standards, there are many variations in policy and some states have yet to adopt net metering language at all. This bill, will set a national standard, but is still flexible enough to allow states to set their own standards, as long as they go above and beyond the outlined language.
The bill was introduced on July 1 and was cosponsored by Reps. Grijalva (D-AZ), Higgins (D-NY), Bartlett (R-MD), and Ehlers (R-MI). It has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.