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Regulators Hearing Arguments On 'Grandfathering' Solar Users

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada regulators are set to hear arguments on whether existing rooftop solar customers should be "grandfathered" into lower rates instead of paying higher ones approved before the new year.

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission scheduled a hearing on the matter for Monday. A decision isn't expected until later in the week.

NV Energy initially proposed seven timelines for carrying out grandfathering. One would implement a rate hike gradually over four years as regulators wanted, while a more dramatic option would implement it all at once but 20 years down the road.

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Rooftop solar company representatives criticized the utility for even proposing options that kicked in sooner than 20 years out. NV Energy later issued a more forceful recommendation for the 20-year plan, saying it would be perceived as more fair.