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PUC Recommends Existing Net Metering Rates Remain

Even though Nevada hit its net metering cap, regulators are recommending the state keep existing rates in place for rooftop solar customers.

Net metering allows customers with solar panels at home to sell excess energy back to the utility company, and the state's cap was reached last week.

A draft order up for consideration Wednesday at a Public Utilities Commission meeting proposes maintaining the rates before permanent ones must be adopted by the end of the year.

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Rooftop solar companies have argued for keeping the existing rates. They say adopting NV Energy's proposed new rate structure would kill their industry in Nevada, and say they were misled about how quickly the state would reach the cap.

NV Energy said it needs new rates to avoid shifting costs.